Spruson & Ferguson companies are incorporated entities owned by IPH Limited, a public company that is the holding company for an international network of intellectual property professional services and adjacent businesses which operate under different brands in a range of jurisdictions.
For the purposes of the Australian and New Zealand Code of Conduct for Trans-Tasman Patent and Trade Marks Attorneys 2018, Spruson & Ferguson Pty Ltd is an incorporated registered patent and trade mark attorney, and a member of an ‘ownership group’ within the meaning of the Code.
The ownership group comprises Spruson & Ferguson Pty Limited, Spruson & Ferguson Lawyers Pty Ltd, AJ Park IP Limited (and affiliated company AJ Park Law Limited), GH PTM Pty Ltd, GH Law Pty Ltd (each GH entity operates under the Griffith Hack brand in Australia), Pizzeys Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys Pty Ltd , and Applied Marks Pty Ltd. Additional incorporated patent and trade mark attorney and legal entities operating as ‘Smart & Biggar’, ‘Pizzeys’ and ‘Spruson & Ferguson’ form part of the IPH Limited group outside of Australia and New Zealand.
Information on all legal entities forming part of the IPH Limited group is available here.
Each of the IPH group professional services attorney businesses of Spruson & Ferguson, AJ Park, Griffith Hack, Pizzeys and Smart & Biggar operate independently from one another in the provision to clients of attorney professional services.* The Applied Marks business operates independently from each of the IPH group professional services attorney businesses but may refer clients to those businesses for the provision of certain services.
*A group business may in some cases engage or be engaged by another group business as a foreign agent or lawyer.
For more information on the key principles to which each IPH group business adheres with respect to independence, appropriate disclosure of group relationships and the management of actual or potential conflicts of interest see our Group Relationships Statement