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


  • Legal 500 Asia Pacific: 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)
  • Legal 500 Asia Pacific: 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)
  • Asialaw Profiles: â€‹Recommended Law Firm - Intellectual Property (2017-2018)
  • Legal 500 Asia Pacific: 'excellent legal knowledge is only surpassed by its commercial acumen’ (2016)
  • Chambers Asia Pacific: "Prominent in respect of high-stakes and complex patent disputes, especially in the pharmaceuticals arena. Also noted for its trade mark and copyright capabilities, serving both domestic and international clients across an impressive array of business sectors." (2015)
  • Legal 500 Asia Pacific: Clayton Utz ‘pulls out all the stops to provide good service to clients’. ‘Extremely knowledgeable.’" (2015)
  • Chambers Global Guide: "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)
  • Asia Pacific Legal 500: "John Collins heads the practice at Clayton Utz, which handles a number of high profile IP matters for an impressive client portfolio." (2014)
  • Chambers Global Guide: "They brought great value to our approach by understanding the commercial implications of legal positions as well understanding our industry." (2013)
  • 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)
  • Chambers Asia-Pacific: "Clayton Utz's integrated IP and TMT team advises on the full range of matters, and is increasing its expertise in matters that cross both practice areas, such as domain name disputes". (2013)
  • Chambers Global: "Very responsive. Excellent knowledge of the subject area, and pragmatic advice". (2010)
  • Chambers Global: "[They have] a wide spread of expertise and dedicated lawyers who are really well versed in IP litigation. The lawyers here know companies' products, market, history and approach extremely well." (2009)

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