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Herbert Smith Freehills

Intellectual Property

4 ranked lawyersBand 1AustraliaAsia-Pacific 2022 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Herbert Smith Freehills is a pre-eminent group with an outstanding track record in patent litigation in both the pharmaceutical and technological sectors. Its expertise crosses the spectrum of IP services, with groups of commercial IP practitioners and litigators as well as a dedicated trade marks management and prosecution team. Significant experience handling commercialisation and transactional matters. Regularly advises leading multinational clients on all aspects of IP protection, including the coordination of multi-jurisdictional cases, as well as advising on trade mark portfolio management and the IP aspects of market entry for new products. Notable clients include Goodman Fielder, Gilead and Mondelez International.

Strengths

Herbert Smith Freehill's team is praised for the strength of its service, a client commenting: "I have always found their lawyers to be highly skilled, very responsive and truly a pleasure to deal with."

Another client confirms: "They have excellent customer service, with high-quality expertise and timely turnaround time for advice."

Work highlights

Herbert Smith Freehills is advising Apotex and Generic Partners, both members of the Arrotex Australia Group, in patent infringement and validity proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia against Neurim Pharmaceuticals.

Notable practitioners

Kristin Stammer regularly advises clients on the IP aspects of significant transactions, trade mark portfolio management and rebrandings. She is considered by clients to be "a very good commercial IP lawyer who always gets the deal done and is very good intellectually."

Shaun McVicar is a well-reputed lawyer who his noted for the depth of his expertise and experience on patent litigation matters. A client comments: "He is always able to engage his clients in a meaningful manner and is very well versed in the needs of his foreign clients who work half-way across the world and have to manage time zones accordingly."

Sue Gilchrist is renowned for her expertise in contentious intellectual property matters, including patents, trade marks and copyright. One client describes her as "an IP powerhouse," while another notes: "She can be trusted to approach each matter with fresh eyes and not adopt a ‘one size fits all’ approach to disputes. I trust her to understand the client’s perspective and act in a way that is consistent with the client’s goals."

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Australia

Intellectual Property: Patents


Shaun McVicar
Band 2
Sue Gilchrist
Band 1

Intellectual Property: Trade Mark & Copyright


Kristin Stammer
Band 2
Sue Gilchrist
Band 2