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Asia-Pacific 2022
Australia Intellectual Property
2
Band 2

4 Ranked Lawyers

About

Provided by Gilbert + Tobin

A multi-award winning Australian intellectual property practice.

Winner: Intellectual Property Team of the Year at the Australian Law Awards 2020, 2017, 2015

What we do

Gilbert + Tobin offers a full service intellectual property practice with expertise across all major IP specialties including copyright, patents, brand protection and trade marks, false advertising, food and product regulatory, breach of confidence, database protection, commercial IP licensing, product liability, cyber security and anti-counterfeiting.


Our approach

Gilbert + Tobin's Intellectual Property team has a class leading success rate in trial and appellate litigation in the Australian market across the IP disciplines. We also have a strong track record of solving and settling complex IP disputes without litigation or in parallel to litigation. No other practice has more experience in the Australian market using novel strategies (direct negotiation, advocacy) and extraordinary litigation procedures (search orders, asset freezing orders and preliminary discovery where infringement is suspected).

Our commitment to client service is paramount and involves clearly articulated strategies, close matter management, transparent communications and cost predictability.

Chambers Review

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Intellectual Property - Australia
2
Band 2
What the team is known for

Gilbert + Tobin is notable for its breadth of skills, advising on transactional and contentious copyright, design, patent and trade mark issues. Serves an impressive range of both local and global corporates, and is especially known for its prominence in the technology and media sectors, where it advises on gaming, software and online systems. Also possesses expertise in areas as diverse as mining and healthcare. Offers comprehensive skills on IP transactions including issues of royalty and distribution fee disputes, as well as advertising and regulatory compliance. Notable clients include Aristocrat Technologies, Luigi Lavazza and Neutron Holdings.

Work Highlights

Provided by Gilbert + Tobin
  • Gilbert + Tobin acted for REC Solar and its Australian distributors in patent infringement proceedings brought by Hanwha involving solar panel technology.

Notable Practitioners

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Michael Williams
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Band 1

Michael Williams is a market-leading IP practitioner with a wealth of experience in advising clients on a diverse range of contentious matters, and with particular expertise in high-profile copyright disputes. "He presents well both in internal meetings and opposite other firms," comments a client, going on to add: "He can dynamically change direction based on new information and thinks well on his feet."

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Siabon Seet
2
Band 2

Siabon Seet is frequently instructed across a range of contentious trade mark and copyright mandates, including enforcement and brand protection matters.

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John Lee
3
Band 3

John Lee advises clients on patent litigation, including disputes in the gaming and chemical manufacturing industries. Clients praise his extensive expertise, one commenting: "John is extremely sound on legal strategy and tactics, and is very commercial in his approach."

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Lisa Lennon
4
Band 4

Lisa Lennon is regularly instructed on non-contentious trade mark matters by a mixed international and domestic clientele from a broad range of sectors, including media, education, banking and life sciences. She specialises in commercial IP, brand protection, and portfolio management. One client describes her as "a good practitioner who is efficient and uses strategies that work."

Ranked Lawyers at
Gilbert + Tobin

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Intellectual Property: Patents

3
John Lee
3
Band 3
Intellectual Property: Trade Mark & Copyright

1
Michael Williams
1
Band 1
2
Siabon Seet
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Band 2
4
Lisa Lennon
4
Band 4

Members

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Chris Williams

Michael Williams

Head of Department

Rebecca Dunn

Industries

Provided by Gilbert + Tobin

Aerospace & Defence

Banks

Commercial & Professional Services

Consumer Protection

Education

Energy

Entertainment

FMCG

Financial services

Gaming

Government

Health Care

Industrial Engineering

Insurance

Media

Mining & Resources

Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences

Software & Computer Services

Technology, Hardware & Electronics

Utilities