Intellectual Property

As one of Australia's largest and most experienced specialist intellectual property groups, we understand the importance of your intellectual property and the best ways to commercialise and protect it.

We help clients with their intellectual property challenges which test the boundaries of the law, and our team has been involved in many of Australia's major ground-breaking and precedent-setting matters.

We are recognised in all major directories.

We offer:

  • Involvement in cutting-edge matters providing a thorough understanding of the issues in new and emerging technologies
  • A team which understands and is experienced in co-ordinating cross-jurisdictional matters
  • Experienced litigators - the best lawyers for the case who understand the issues


  • Chambers Global:  "The team wins praise from clients for its high level of service: "They're very good at responding almost immediately and nothing is ever a problem for them to deal with." (2018)

"They're very, very commercial and the people there are very relaxed and calming, which is certainly helpful." (2018)

"They are a very strong team of people that take the time to understand our business." (2017)

"They have a diverse set of strengths which they deploy incredibly well, and they are very collaborative." (2017)

"They are commercially realistic and good value for money." (2016)

In demand for its skills in complex patent, trade mark, and copyright disputes. Acts for a raft of well known domestic and international clients and has a strong international referral networks." (2014) They brought great value to our approach by understanding the commercial implications of legal positions as well understanding our industry." (2013)

"Very responsive. Excellent knowledge of the subject area, and pragmatic advice". (2010) 

  • The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific:  Clayton Utz ‘provides a high level of service and is thorough and timely’. Litigation lies at the very core of the practice and Sydney-based practice head John Collins represented Telstra in patent infringement proceedings in the Federal Court against Upaid Systems. Timothy Webb is acting for the SingTel Optus group of companies in the first Australian cases under the new section 115A of the Copyright Act. In another significant matter, the team continues to defend Toyota in global trade mark infringement disputes in relation to counterfeit car parts. Other names to note include Chris McLeod and Richard Hoad, as well as Natalie Shoolman and James Neil, both special counsel. (2019)

Clayton Utz’s lawyers ‘distinguish themselves through their understanding of the product and market they operate in and the strength of advice they provide’. (2018) 

Clayton Utz’s lawyers ‘distinguish themselves through their understanding of the product and market they operate in and the strength of advice they provide’. (2018) 

Clayton Utz’s ‘commercially savvy’ practice has particular expertise in the pharmaceutical and telecoms sectors. ‘Shrewd, tactical’ practice head John Collins is acting for Orion against Actavis in patent infringement litigation relating to the product Stalevo. In another work example, Timothy Webb is representing Optus in three separate Federal Court proceedings arising from the new section 115A of the Copyright Act. (2017)

Excellent legal knowledge is only surpassed by its commercial acumen’ (2016)

Clayton Utz ‘pulls out all the stops to provide good service to clients’. ‘Extremely knowledgeable.’" (2015)

"John Collins heads the practice at Clayton Utz, which handles a number of high profile IP matters for an impressive client portfolio." (2014)

  • Who's Who Legal: "Trademarks experts Brett Doyle and Mary Still lead the way in the firm’s trademarks practice, with clients saying they “simply wouldn’t turn to anyone else”. With lawyers listed across several further practice areas, Clayton Utz cements its reputation as a leading international firm". (2013)
  • Asialaw Profiles: Recommended Law Firm - Intellectual Property (2017)
  • Doyle's Guide: Leading Intellectual Property & TMT law firms - WA (2019)
  • IAM Patent 1000:Effortlessly tackling litigation and licensing instructions for the country’s three largest telecoms operations, Clayton Utz is an alpha among the Australian litigation wolfpack. Boasting excellent client relationships across the board, the squad counts illustrious pharmaceutical multinationals alongside its domestic clients; for all these players, John Collins’s “tightly and professionally run” enforcement campaigns are the first and best line of defence for valuable patent portfolios. “Thorough, strategic and realistic, Collins is a superb manager, but isn’t afraid to roll up his sleeves and get his hands dirty.” Alongside him is the “highly regarded” Richard Hoad. An expert litigator at all levels of Australia’s legal system, the commercially savvy technology and IP lawyer is the man to turn to for transactional needs too. (2018)
  • Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards: Intellectual Property Team of the Year (2018)
  • Managing IP Asia-Pacific Awards: Winner, Australia Copyright (2019)
  • Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars: 
    -Copyright and related rights (2019)
    -Trade mark contentious (2019)
    - Trade mark prosecution (2019
  • World Trademark Review 1000: 
    - ranked as "Silver" in Enforcement and Litigation (2019-2020)
    - ranked as "Silver" in Prosecution and Strategy (2020)
    - listed as "Highly recommended" in Prosecution and Strategy 2019

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