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Maddocks

Intellectual Property

1 ranked lawyersBand 4AustraliaGlobal 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Notable practice with capabilities to handle a wide range of IP matters. Provides particular strength in patents, acting on licensing agreements and commercialisation as well as substantial litigation proceedings in the pharmaceutical, medical technology and chemical engineering industries. Also offers expertise on an array of trade mark-related legal services, including portfolio management, licensing, brand acquisitions and oppositions. Additionally active on copyright enforcement matters.

Strengths

One client praises the firm's "in-depth analysis of the project, strategic approach, expertise in handling pharmaceutical patents, and promptness in engaging experts." The same source also values the firm's ability to "guide on the available options to pursue and most importantly to advise us on the most cost-effective course."

"We are kept well informed and feel really confident," says a client who also praises the team's "brilliant legal work" and likens its demeanour in patent litigation to that of "a quietly confident Rottweiler."

Work highlights

Acted for Arrow Pharmaceuticals in defence of Federal Court appellate proceedings brought by Novartis in response to Arrow's successful Patent Office opposition of one of Novartis’s patents for certain formulations of fingolimod, sold by Novartis as the blockbuster drug Gilenya.

Notable practitioners

Ben Miller has a well-established reputation in the patent litigation space, where he frequently acts for big-name clients in the pharmaceutical and biotechnological sectors. According to a client, "he is an experienced, shrewd tactician" who makes sure that "the client is kept well informed and feels really confident." Another interviewee notes: "He is technically good and a name in the pharmaceutical space."

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Intellectual Property: Patents


Ben Miller
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