Clayton Utz

WTR Research

The WTR 1000 focuses exclusively on trademark practice and has firmly established itself as the definitive 'go-to' resource for those seeking world-class legal trademark expertise.

Silver - Firms: enforcement and litigation

Silver - Firms: prosecution and strategy

National firm Clayton Utz offers one of the most comprehensive IP services in the country. With six offices across the continent, the “experienced and enthusiastic” IP ensemble is always ready to serve both long-term domestic players and overseas brand owners seeking trademark advice and litigious representation. Unlike most other legal presences in the country, Clayton Utz is active in both Melbourne and Sydney and while its offices often collaborate, both teams also stand out in their own right. Service users are unanimously pleased with its responsiveness and effective legal advice. One client commented that “they respond in a timely manner and are always happy to discuss any issues over the phone. Their service is exceptional, they deal with uncomfortable situations in a professional manner; and they always try to resolve any concerns proactively. Their advice is consistently clear and to the point because they understand our business”. Another patron recalled that “the services delivered by Clayton Utz were of the highest quality, delivered in a timely manner by a dedicated team of professionals. The Clayton Utz team drew on extensive their experience to provide us with clear guidance; presenting our options in a balanced way which took into account the limited legal expertise within our organisation. They were sensitive at all times to the need to protect our reputation and be true to our values”. Referees frequently praise the quality of service and dedication. “This is an outstanding team that consistently delivers a quality service. I would highly recommend Clayton Utz to represent your best interests.” Another commented that “Clayton Utz understood our objectives and developed a strategy to achieve them whilst avoiding costly and distracting litigation. They put a lot of thought into how to counter the matters raised by the opposing firm and did so in a very persuasive manner in correspondence and subsequent meetings”. Consultant Mary Still has become a prominent figure on Australia’s trademark scene and notably was entered into our luminaries section this year. Her unparalleled experience in IP litigation has won her applause and admiration from colleagues and clients for more than 30 years. Similarly, Melbourne-based Chris McLeod is in a league of his own. Under his stewardship, the commended Melbourne squad, including partner James Neil and senior associate Sean McGuire, has been the “first port of call for contentious IP assistance” and is particularly known for its commercial and pragmatic approach to strategic advice. He understands the intricacies of Australian trademark law and has been entrusted by reputed institutions and ASX-listed multimillion-dollar companies to manage their global trademark portfolios. He has also acted for Toyota Motor Corporation in multiple Federal Court proceedings against local parties infringing Toyota’s trademark. A source described McLeod as “extremely commercial, tactically astute and knowledgeable, and a pleasure to work with.” In New South Wales, Timothy Webb and Brett Doyle oversee the Sydney team. They often collaborate with the Melbourne branch to manage complex trademark issues a recent example includes the Federal Court appeals to oppose a trademark application on behalf of the a2 Milk. The pair are highly recommended for their sterling advice on a vast range of trademark and brand management issues.

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