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 Clayton Utz team drew on their extensive experience to provide us with clear guidance, presenting our options in a balanced way, and at all times remained sensitive to the need to protect our reputation and be true to our values." (2022)
    - "They're very, very commercial and the people there are very relaxed and calming, which is certainly helpful." (2018) 
  • The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific:  Firm ranking - Band 1 (2019-2022)
    -  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) 
  • Asialaw Profiles: Recommended Law Firm - Intellectual Property (2017)
  • Australasian Lawyer: Named a 5-Star Intellectual Property Law Firm
  • Doyle's Guide: Leading Intellectual Property & TMT law firms - WA (2019)
  • IAM Patent 1000 - IP Litigation Firm - Silver: National law firm Clayton Utz resolves highly complex contentious matters with aplomb. Renowned for its “very good work”, the group dispenses expert advice on Australian aspects of international patent disputes. A superb reputation has earned it the trust of four of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. (2021)
  • Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards: Intellectual Property Team of the Year (2018 and 2022)
  • Managing IP Asia-Pacific Awards: Winner, Australia Copyright (2019)
  • Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars: 
    - IP Transactions: Tier 1 (2021)
    - Patent Contentious: Tier 2 (2021)
    - Trade Mark Prosecution: Tier 2 (2022)
    - Trade Mark Contentious: Tier 2 (2022)
  • World Trademark Review 1000:  One client commented that “they respond in a timely manner and are always happy to discuss any issues over the phone. Their service is exceptional, they deal with uncomfortable situations in a professional manner; and they always try to resolve any concerns proactively. Their advice is consistently clear and to the point because they understand our business”. Another patron recalled that “the services delivered by Clayton Utz were of the highest quality, delivered in a timely manner by a dedicated team of professionals. The Clayton Utz team drew on extensive their experience to provide us with clear guidance; presenting our options in a balanced way which took into account the limited legal expertise within our organisation. They were sensitive at all times to the need to protect our reputation and be true to our values”. Referees frequently praise the quality of service and dedication. “This is an outstanding team that consistently delivers a quality service. I would highly recommend Clayton Utz to represent your best interests.”  (2022)
    - ranked as "Silver" in Enforcement and Litigation (2019-2022)
    - ranked as "Silver" in Prosecution and Strategy (2022)
    - listed as "Highly recommended" in Prosecution and Strategy (2019)

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