Dean Gerakiteys

Clayton Utz
Partner Sydney

His advice was clearly and thoroughly presented, and he managed all aspects of the defence in an outstanding manner.

– World Trade Mark Review 1000


With a background both in litigation and advisory work, Dean has developed a strong reputation for helping clients resolve disputes. Dean has a particular focus 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. Complementing Dean's litigation experience is his general commercial advice on non-contentious matters for clients across a wide range of industries.

Notable Work
  • PharmaCare: advising, 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. This included acting in a successful High Court appeal involving complex questions associated with Australia's obligations under international treaties.
  • Cantarella: acting in its highly publicised trademark dispute against Lavazza. Dean also acted in each of the proceedings in the lead-up to, and the successful appeal in, the High Court which upheld two foreign language trade marks, giving significant guidance to foreign brand owners seeking to protect their rights (Cantarella Bros Pty Ltd v Modena Trading Pty Ltd (2014) 254 CLR 337).
  • PDP Fine Foods: acted for the manufacturer and seller of WICKED SISTER desserts in the Federal Court of Australia over alleged trade mark infringement, alleged contravention s of the Australian Consumer law and passing off.
  • Pastificio Rana: acted in its defence of trade mark infringement proceedings commenced by Goodman Fielder relating to filled pasta products.
  • Seven: advises on a range of broadcasting and intellectual property issues relating to the network, particularly matters relating to trade marks and copyright.
  • Mattel: advised on a broad range of legal issues including sponsorship agreements with sportspersons and celebrities, the conduct of trade promotions and advertising clearance. Also advises on a broad range of intellectual property issues relating to its products, particularly matters relating to trade marks and copyright.
  • Multinational pharmaceutical: advised on issues pertaining to the advertising of registered therapeutic goods to healthcare professionals.
  • Rockwell Collins: acted in complex and long-standing Victorian Supreme Court proceedings involving an alleged aircraft incident. The proceedings ran for a number of years and were resolved on a confidential basis.
  • Optus: advised in respect of a range of commercial disputes and issues pertaining to its network infrastructure and internal IT systems.
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