Deborah Polites' particular focus is on contentious intellectual property matters, including dispute resolution and litigation. 

She has conducted significant litigation relating to patents in a wide range of technologies, including in the biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and mining industries, as well as other intellectual property and related litigation. 

Complementing her intellectual property expertise is Deborah's work advising clients on advertising and marketing law issues. She has acted for many highly recognisable national and international organisations in significant and ground-breaking matters,  and regularly advises on issues such as disputes with competitors and regulatory action in relation to advertising campaigns.

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Intellectual Property

Patents

Novartis:
 Deborah is part of a team representing Novartis in a number of patent enforcement and litigation matters relating to its Australian patents. This included significant patent litigation in the Federal Court in 2013 and 2014 relating to cancer and osteoporosis treatments and to treatment of hypertension.

Weatherford: Deborah represented Weatherford in a significant patent infringement case, relating to technology widely used in the mining, quarrying and mineral processing industries, which was invented in Australia and is now deployed throughout the world. The matter involved complex questions regarding patent prosecution, the breadth of the claims for divisional applications, as well as allegations of invalidity, and parallel overseas proceedings.

International biotechnology client: Deborah is acting for a major international company in relation to intellectual property and related disputes over many years, including significant patent litigation and strategic patent and intellectual property advice.

Confidential client: Deborah is advising and representing a technology company in relation to infringements of its Australian patents by a competitor.

Regency Media: Deborah represented Regency Media, Australia's largest independent DVD manufacturer, in relation to patent licensing disputes, including in Federal Court proceedings.

Monsanto: Deborah is part of the team that acted in pioneering patent litigation in the Federal Court relating to patents for the genetic modification of cotton and corn plants. This matter was part of worldwide litigation involving the same suite of patents.

Mayne Pharma Limited: Deborah represented Mayne Pharma in patent litigation in the Federal Court of Australia and related proceedings in the Australian Patent Office, and advised it on a number of patent-related issues involving various pharmaceutical products.

Intellectual property and related disputes

Confidential client:
Deborah is part of a team that acted for a client in Federal Court proceedings in relation to advertising and marketing in the communication technology sector.

TenCate: Deborah acted for world leading protective fabric company TenCate in Federal Court proceedings against a competitor to prevent misleading or deceptive conduct in the competitor's advertising and promotional activities.

Monash University: Deborah regularly advises and acts for Monash University regarding intellectual property issues including misuse of the Monash name and reputation in Australia and overseas, and other infringements of Monash's intellectual property rights.

Wolters Kluwer Pty Ltd: Deborah advised Wolters Kluwer in a dispute over a distribution agreement, and related proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia and Supreme Court of New South Wales.

Labelmakers: Deborah acted for Labelmakers in a successful application for urgent interlocutory relief in the Federal Court of Australia against five former employees for misuse of confidential information and breaches of duty to their former employer.

Plant breeders rights: Deborah represented a US university in relation to management of its plant breeders rights in Australia and a related dispute.

Other intellectual property, advertising and marketing and consumer law

Toyota:
Deborah represented Toyota in relation to allegations of misleading or deceptive conduct made by the ACCC concerning the leather content of certain Toyota vehicles.

adidas Australia Pty Ltd: Deborah advises adidas on various intellectual property and related matters, advertising and marketing issues, and has conducted staff training programmes.

Saatchi & Saatchi: Deborah has advised Saatchi & Saatchi on intellectual property and related legal issues arising from advertising campaigns it developed.

Monash University: Deborah is advising Monash University on its review of its intellectual property policies and related university statutes.


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Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Patents


Novartis: Deborah is part of a team representing Novartis in a number of patent enforcement and litigation matters relating to its Australian patents. This included significant patent litigation in the Federal Court in 2013 and 2014 relating to cancer and osteoporosis treatments and to treatment of hypertension. 

Weatherford: Deborah represented Weatherford in a significant patent infringement case, relating to technology widely used in the mining, quarrying and mineral processing industries, which was invented in Australia and is now deployed throughout the world. The matter involved complex questions regarding patent prosecution, the breadth of the claims for divisional applications, as well as allegations of invalidity, and parallel overseas proceedings.

International biotechnology client: Deborah is acting for a major international company in relation to intellectual property and related disputes over many years, including significant patent litigation and strategic patent and intellectual property advice.

Confidential client: Deborah is advising and representing a technology company in relation to infringements of its Australian patents by a competitor.

Regency Media: Deborah represented Regency Media, Australia's largest independent DVD manufacturer, in relation to patent licensing disputes, including in Federal Court proceedings.

Monsanto: Deborah is part of the team that acted in pioneering patent litigation in the Federal Court relating to patents for the genetic modification of cotton and corn plants. This matter was part of worldwide litigation involving the same suite of patents.

Mayne Pharma Limited: Deborah represented Mayne Pharma in patent litigation in the Federal Court of Australia and related proceedings in the Australian Patent Office, and advised it on a number of patent-related issues involving various pharmaceutical products.

Intellectual property and related disputes

Confidential client:
Deborah is part of a team that acted for a client in Federal Court proceedings in relation to advertising and marketing in the communication technology sector.

TenCate: Deborah acted for world leading protective fabric company TenCate in Federal Court proceedings against a competitor to prevent misleading or deceptive conduct in the competitor's advertising and promotional activities.

Monash University: Deborah regularly advises and acts for Monash University regarding intellectual property issues including misuse of the Monash name and reputation in Australia and overseas, and other infringements of Monash's intellectual property rights.

Wolters Kluwer Pty Ltd: Deborah advised Wolters Kluwer in a dispute over a distribution agreement, and related proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia and Supreme Court of New South Wales.

Labelmakers: Deborah acted for Labelmakers in a successful application for urgent interlocutory relief in the Federal Court of Australia against five former employees for misuse of confidential information and breaches of duty to their former employer.

Plant breeders rights: Deborah represented a US university in relation to management of its plant breeders rights in Australia and a related dispute.

Other intellectual property, advertising and marketing and consumer law

Toyota:
Deborah represented Toyota in relation to allegations of misleading or deceptive conduct made by the ACCC concerning the leather content of certain Toyota vehicles.

adidas Australia Pty Ltd: Deborah advises adidas on various intellectual property and related matters, advertising and marketing issues, and has conducted staff training programmes.

Saatchi & Saatchi: Deborah has advised Saatchi & Saatchi on intellectual property and related legal issues arising from advertising campaigns it developed.

See Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Patents

 Novartis: Deborah is part of a team representing Novartis in a number of patent enforcement and litigation matters relating to its Australian patents. This included significant patent litigation in the Federal Court in 2013 and 2014 relating to cancer and osteoporosis treatments and to treatment of hypertension.

Weatherford: Deborah represented Weatherford in a significant patent infringement case, relating to technology widely used in the mining, quarrying and mineral processing industries, which was invented in Australia and is now deployed throughout the world. The matter involved complex questions regarding patent prosecution, the breadth of the claims for divisional applications, as well as allegations of invalidity, and parallel overseas proceedings.

International biotechnology client: Deborah is acting for a major international company in relation to intellectual property and related disputes over many years, including significant patent litigation and strategic patent and intellectual property advice.

Confidential client: Deborah is advising and representing a technology company in relation to infringements of its Australian patents by a competitor.

Regency Media: Deborah represented Regency Media, Australia's largest independent DVD manufacturer, in relation to patent licensing disputes, including in Federal Court proceedings.

Monsanto: Deborah is part of the team that acted in pioneering patent litigation in the Federal Court relating to patents for the genetic modification of cotton and corn plants. This matter was part of worldwide litigation involving the same suite of patents.

Mayne Pharma Limited: Deborah represented Mayne Pharma in patent litigation in the Federal Court of Australia and related proceedings in the Australian Patent Office, and advised it on a number of patent-related issues involving various pharmaceutical products.

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Trade Marks

Monash University: Deborah regularly advises and acts for Monash University regarding intellectual property issues including misuse of the Monash name and reputation in Australia and overseas, and other infringements of Monash's intellectual property rights.

adidas Australia Pty Ltd: Deborah advises adidas on various intellectual property and related matters, advertising and marketing issues, and has conducted staff training programmes.

Saatchi & Saatchi: Deborah has advised Saatchi & Saatchi on intellectual property and related legal issues arising from advertising campaigns it developed.

Monash University: Deborah is advising Monash University on its review of its intellectual property policies and related university statutes.


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Copyright

Monash University: Deborah regularly advises and acts for Monash University regarding intellectual property issues including misuse of the Monash name and reputation in Australia and overseas, and other infringements of Monash's intellectual property rights.

adidas Australia Pty Ltd: Deborah advises adidas on various intellectual property and related matters, advertising and marketing issues, and has conducted staff training programmes.

Saatchi & Saatchi: Deborah has advised Saatchi & Saatchi on intellectual property and related legal issues arising from advertising campaigns it developed.

Monash University: Deborah is advising Monash University on its review of its intellectual property policies and related university statutes.


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Advertising and Marketing

Confidential client: Deborah is part of a team that acted for a client in Federal Court proceedings in relation to advertising and marketing in the communication technology sector. 

TenCate: Deborah acted for world leading protective fabric company TenCate in Federal Court proceedings against a competitor to prevent misleading or deceptive conduct in the competitor's advertising and promotional activities.

Toyota: Deborah represented Toyota in relation to allegations of misleading or deceptive conduct made by the ACCC concerning the leather content of certain Toyota vehicles.

adidas Australia Pty Ltd: Deborah advises adidas on various intellectual property and related matters, advertising and marketing issues, and has conducted staff training programmes.

Saatchi & Saatchi: Deborah has advised Saatchi & Saatchi on intellectual property and related legal issues arising from advertising campaigns it developed.

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