With a background both in litigation and advisory work, Dean has developed a strong reputation for helping clients resolve disputes.

Dean's particular focus is on disputes involving intellectual property, having successfully acted for clients on matters across the IP spectrum, including trade marks, copyright, patents, confidential information, trade secrets and domain names. This work has seen Dean work on matters at every stage of the litigation process, including winning a landmark decision in the High Court of Australia on foreign language trade marks.

Complementing Dean's litigation experience is his general commercial advice on non-contentious matters for clients across a wide range of industries.

From his work for pharma clients, Dean has also developed a practice in regulatory work, particularly the highly technical area of listing and advertising therapeutic goods and dealing with the Australian regulator, the Therapeutic Goods Administration. 

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Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Cantarella Bros: Dean acted in each of the proceedings in the lead-up to, and the successful appeal in, the High Court case which upheld the registrability of two foreign language trade marks, giving significant guidance to foreign brand owners seeking to protect their rights in Australia (Cantarella Bros Pty Ltd v Modena Trading Pty Ltd (2014) 254 CLR 337).

PharmaCare Laboratories: Dean is acting for PharmaCare in the High Court, challenging the Comptroller General of Customs' tariff classification of therapeutic goods. The matter involves novel questions about domestic legislation implementing Australia's obligations under the International Convention on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System.

Rockwell Collins Inc: Dean is acting for Rockwell Collins Inc in the Victorian Supreme Court in a complex commercial dispute.

PDP Fine Foods: Dean is acting in the Federal Court of Australia over alleged trade mark infringement, alleged contravention s of the Australian Consumer law and passing off, involving competing dessert products.

Pastificio Rana: Dean is acting in the Federal Court of Australia over alleged trade mark infringement involving pasta and bread products.

Hill & Smith: Dean is acting in the Federal Court of Australia over alleged patent infringement involving road safety barrier products.

ISS Facilities: Dean acted in NSW Supreme Court of NSW litigation involving the provision of an information technology service.

Alexander Dennis Limited: Dean acted in Supreme Court of NSW proceedings in respect of a dispute relating to the acquisition of an Australian bus-building business.

QBE: Dean advised QBE in a dispute over the implementation of a new computer system for CTP insurance in South Australia. 

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Intellectual Property

Cantarella Bros: Dean acted in each of the proceedings in the lead-up to, and the successful appeal in, the High Court case which upheld two foreign language trade marks, giving significant guidance to foreign brand owners seeking to protect their rights in Australia (Cantarella Bros Pty Ltd v Modena Trading Pty Ltd (2014) 254 CLR 337).

PharmaCare Laboratories: Dean is advising Pharmacare, one of Australia's largest suppliers of over the counter health & beauty products, on a wide variety of matters involving infringement of trade mark and copyright, as well as contraventions of the Australian Consumer Law.

PDP Fine Foods: Dean is acting in the Federal Court of Australia over alleged trade mark infringement, alleged contravention s of the Australian Consumer law and passing off, involving competing dessert products.

Pastificio Rana: Dean is acting in the Federal Court of Australia over alleged trade mark infringement involving pasta and bread products.

Hill & Smith: Dean is acting in the Federal Court of Australia over alleged patent infringement involving road safety barrier products.

Seven: Dean advises Seven on a range of broadcasting and intellectual property issues relating to the network, particularly matters relating to trade marks and copyright. 

Mattel: Dean advises Mattel on a broad range of intellectual property issues relating to its products, particularly matters relating to trade marks and copyright.  

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Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices

PharmaCare Laboratories: Dean is acting for PharmaCare in the High Court, challenging the Comptroller General of Customs' tariff classification of therapeutic goods. The matter involves novel questions about domestic legislation implementing Australia's obligations under the International Convention on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System.

Confidential client: regularly advising on regulatory issues pertaining to the listing and advertising of a large number of different therapeutic goods and assisting in the conduct and resolution of regulatory investigations.

Confidential client: advising on the regulatory issues pertaining to a product on the food/therapeutic goods interface and assisting in dealings with the TGA for the resolution of concerns relating to the listing of the product on the ARTG.

Confidential client: advising a multinational pharmaceutical on mitigating risk with respect to the registration of new therapeutic goods on the ARTG.

Confidential client: advising a multinational pharmaceutical on issues pertaining to the advertising of registered therapeutic goods to healthcare professionals. 

See Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices

Trade Marks

Cantarella Bros: Dean acted in each of the proceedings in the lead-up to, and the successful appeal in, the High Court case which upheld two foreign language trade marks, giving significant guidance to foreign brand owners seeking to protect their rights in Australia (Cantarella Bros Pty Ltd v Modena Trading Pty Ltd (2014) 254 CLR 337).

PharmaCare Laboratories: advising Pharmacare, one of Australia's largest suppliers of over the counter health & beauty products, on a wide variety of matters involving infringement of trade mark and copyright as well as contraventions of the Australian Consumer Law.

PDP Fine Foods: Dean is acting in the Federal Court of Australia over alleged trade mark infringement, alleged contravention s of the Australian Consumer law and passing off, involving competing dessert products.

Pastificio Rana: Dean is acting in the Federal Court of Australia over alleged trade mark infringement involving pasta and bread products.

Mattel: Dean advises Mattel on a broad range of intellectual property issues relating to its products, particularly matters relating to trade marks and copyright.  

See Trade Marks

Copyright

Seven Network: advises Seven on a range of broadcasting and intellectual property issues relating to the network, particularly matters relating to trade marks and copyright. 

PharmaCare Laboratories: advising Pharmacare, one of Australia's largest suppliers of over the counter health & beauty products, on a wide variety of matters involving infringement of trade mark and copyright as well as contraventions of the Australian Consumer Law.

Mattel: advising on a broad range of intellectual property issues relating to its products, particularly matters relating to trade marks and copyright. 

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Patents

Hill & Smith: Dean is acting in the Federal Court of Australia over alleged patent infringement involving road safety barrier products.

Confidential client: advising a multinational pharmaceutical on mitigating risk with respect to the registration of new therapeutic goods on the ARTG.

Confidential client: advising a multinational on infringement of its Australian patents for mining equipment. 

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Administrative and Public Law

PharmaCare Laboratories: Dean is acting for PharmaCare in the High Court, challenging the Comptroller General of Customs' tariff classification of therapeutic goods. The matter involves novel questions about domestic legislation implementing Australia's obligations under the International Convention on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System.

Confidential client: regularly advising and acting on behalf of a sponsor of therapeutic goods in respect of administrative decisions relating to the listing and advertising of therapeutic goods. 

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Telecommunications, Media & Technology

Seven: advises Seven on a range of broadcasting and intellectual property issues relating to the network, particularly matters relating to trade marks and copyright. 

Optus: advised Optus in respect of a range of commercial disputes and issues pertaining to its network infrastructure and internal IT systems.

NBN Co: advised NBN Co on issues relating to contractual liability.

Nova Entertainment: advised Nova in respect of a range of commercial issues including sponsorships, social media, trade promotions and advertising.

QBE: advised QBE in connection with a dispute concerning the implementation of a new computer system for CTP insurance in South Australia. 

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Leisure and Entertainment

Mattel: advising on a broad range of legal issues including sponsorship agreements with sportspersons and celebrities and the conduct of trade promotions and.

NRL: advised NRL in respect of a range of issues including sponsorships, social media, trade promotions and advertising.

Nova Entertainment: advised Nova in respect of a range of commercial issues including sponsorships, social media, trade promotions and advertising.   

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Advertising and Marketing

Confidential client: regularly advising a leading supplier of foods and therapeutic goods on the different regulatory requirements for the advertising and supply of therapeutic products and foods in Australia.

Confidential client: regularly advising a multinational on its obligations regarding the use of social media, including with respect to the application of the Australian consumer Law, IP issues relating to copyright and trade marks.

Confidential client: advising an Australian health food company on the engagement of social media influencers.

Mattel: advising on a broad range of legal issues including sponsorship agreements with sportspersons and celebrities, the conduct of trade promotions and advertising clearance.

Nova Entertainment: advised Nova in respect of a range of commercial issues including sponsorships, social media, trade promotions and advertising. 

See Advertising and Marketing

Social Media

Confidential client: regularly advising a multinational on its obligations regarding the use of social media, including with respect to the application of the Australian consumer Law, IP issues relating to copyright and trade marks.

Confidential client: advising an Australian health food company on the engagement of social media influencers.   

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