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Gilbert + Tobin

Intellectual Property

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What the team is known for

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.

Strengths

A client who appreciates the team's ability to deliver "very good, clear and concise advice," adds: "You ask a question and you get practical and honest advice, even if it's a tough answer. We consider them to be an extension of the in-house team. They're very organised and responsive: you tell them once, and they'll usually come back with exactly what you asked for."

Another client says: "What sets them apart is the combination of top-quality advice, excellent service delivery and commercial pragmatism."

Work highlights

Acted for global asset management giant State Street Global Advisers in a high-profile case against law firm Maurice Blackburn over the use and promotion in Australia of a replica of the iconic Fearless Girl statue that sits outside the New York Stock Exchange, and of the use of the Fearless Girl trade mark and copyright in the statue.

Notable practitioners

John Lee advises clients on patent litigation, including disputes in the gaming and chemical manufacturing industries. A client who maintains that his "customer focus, attention to detail and diligence are second to none" adds: "John has a particularly good quality of taking something difficult and simplifying it so that the layman can understand difficult points and interpretations of the law, and that's helped us move decision-making ahead at a great pace." Another client says: "He transcends the legal role to play a business adviser role as well."

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 as well as brand protection.

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. One client emphasises "his technical knowledge, gravitas and strategic thinking." Another client stresses his ability to "provide a higher-level perspective."

Siabon Seet , one client says, provides "business advice, not just legal advice, which is what businesses are looking for in external counsel these days." Another client says: "She personifies excellence, quality, commerciality and accessibility." She is frequently instructed across a range of contentious trade mark and copyright mandates.

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Overview

Gilbert + Tobin’s Intellectual Property practice is a leader in the Australian market.

Our innovative team consistently works at the cutting edge of IP law, with clients whose business success is based squarely on the successful management of complex IP issues. We are a full service IP practice with expertise across all major IP specialties including copyright, patents, brand protection and trade marks, false advertising, breach of confidence, database protection, commercial IP licensing, product liability, cyber security and anti-counterfeiting. IP enforcement is a specialty.

The team has won Intellectual Property Team of the Year at the Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards in 2020, 2017, 2015. We are known for our highly visible and influential partners, our capacity to run numerous major cases simultaneously, and our courageous, innovative and market-influencing approach to the practice of IP in Australia.

With a team of 6 partners and 26 lawyers that practice exclusively in IP law, our IP team is one of the largest sole IP group in Australia.

Intellectual Property

Gilbert + Tobin

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Location

Level 35

Tower Two, International Towers

200 Barangaroo Avenue

Sydney

New South Wales

Australia

NSW 2000

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Australia

Intellectual Property: Patents


Intellectual Property: Trade Mark & Copyright


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