Intellectual Property

Addisons' intellectual property (IP) team assists Australian and international clients to protect their valuable IP assets. The work undertaken by the team includes trade mark prosecution, IP litigation and IP commercialisation projects.

Addisons’ IP team has broad experience in all facets of intellectual property. Our work involves the full spectrum of intellectual property advice including trade marks, copyright, designs and patents.

Our IP practice has extensive experience in advising clients on trade mark protection and enforcement as well as commercialisation and licensing of copyright, patents and trade marks. We are also regularly involved in significant intellectual property litigation, often with cross border aspects.

The partners and senior lawyers within the IP team work closely with the business and its executives, with the aim of providing practical, strategic and commercial advice which is workable for the business. Our clients come from a range of industries including food and beverage, financial services and insurance, pharmaceutical and health, technology as well as media and entertainment.

With a reputation among consumer-facing businesses for its outstanding services, Addisons’ multi-disciplinary team of IP professionals possesses a “depth of expertise that is usually the hallmark of a very large firm, but also a personal touch that no large firm can match”.

WTR1000 2021

Addisons prides itself on consistently delivering a superior service characterised by attention to detail, pragmatic advice and easy accessibility to attorneys.”

WTR1000 2020

“Straddling the contentious/non-contentious divide with dexterity, the firm draws on a select network of foreign associates to provide the same high standards no matter where its illustrious clients need support; thus, it strikes a chord with business-to-consumer companies such as Virgin and Formula One.”

WTR1000 2019


  • Anti-counterfeiting and brand protection
  • Commercialisation agreements
  • Compliance reviews for advertising campaigns
  • Confidential information
  • Copyright advice, licensing and litigation
  • Domain name registration and website issues
  • Intellectual property audits
  • Labelling
  • Licensing and sponsorship
  • Passing off and misleading and deceptive conduct breaches
  • Patent litigation and revocation proceedings
  • Trade mark licensing
  • Trade mark opposition proceedings
  • Trade mark searches, registration and litigation
  • Registration and protection of designs


Karen Anne Hayne


Justine Munsie


Jamie Nettleton


Martin O’Connor


Donna Short


Richard Keegan

Special Counsel

Cate Sendall

Special Counsel

Bianca D’Angelo

Senior Associate

Shanna Protic Dib

Senior Associate


Chambers Global: Australia — Intellectual Property
Chambers Asia Pacific: Australia — Intellectual Property: Trade Mark & Copyright
Doyle's Guide – Leading Contentious Intellectual Property Law Firms – NSW
Doyle's Guide – Leading Non-Contentious Intellectual Property Law Firms – NSW
The Legal 500 Asia Pacific - Intellectual Property
Managing IP – Asia Pacific 2021 Trademark Law Firm of the Year in Australia, Finalist 2022
Managing IP – IP Stars: Trade Marks
Managing IP – IP Stars: IP Transactions
World Trademark Review (WTR1000) – Enforcement and litigation, Australia
World Trademark Review (WTR1000) – Prosecution and strategy, Australia