Spruson & Ferguson Lawyers was the first law firm in Australia to specialise exclusively in IP law and is widely recognised for its expertise in trade marks, patents, designs and copyright law. We have been involved in many ground-breaking Australian IP cases.

We act for a large number of local and international companies across a broad range of industries including information technology, telecommunications, mining, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and consumer products. Many of our clients are referred by other patent attorney firms or by law firms with a more general practice who recognise the need for specialist IP services.

We provide IP litigation and commercial legal services in Australia including:

  • IP litigation and dispute resolution
  • challenging the validity of monopoly rights
  • advice on IP ownership
  • breaches of confidence and misleading conduct actions
  • IP licensing and technology transfer
  • structuring, negotiating and drafting agreements relating to research and development and joint venture opportunities
  • due diligence and IP audit services
  • establishment and structuring of new entities and corporate groups
  • advice on product offering, including advice on the Australia Consumer Law and regulation of labelling requirements
  • privacy law and data protection
  • dispute resolution of business and domain names.
About Spruson & Ferguson Lawyers
About Spruson & Ferguson Lawyers
About Spruson & Ferguson Lawyers provides a brief overview of our IP Law services.
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Sydney, Australia
Katrina Crooks
Principal, Head of Spruson & Ferguson Lawyers
Spruson & Ferguson Lawyers: Litigation
+61 2 9393 0100 katrina.crooks@spruson.com
Katrina is counted amongst Australia’s top IP litigation lawyers, with 25 years’ experience of obtaining successful outcomes for clients. Dual qualified as a lawyer and patent attorney, patent litigation is…
Katrina is counted amongst Australia’s top IP litigation lawyers, with 25 years’ experience of obtaining successful outcomes for clients. Dual…
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Sydney, Australia
Andrew Rankine
Principal
Spruson & Ferguson Lawyers: Litigation
+61 2 9393 0100 andrew.rankine@spruson.com
Andrew is a specialist in intellectual property disputes. His practice focuses on the life sciences. Andrew has particular expertise in handling complex patent disputes for global leaders in the pharmaceuticals,…
Andrew is a specialist in intellectual property disputes. His practice focuses on the life sciences. Andrew has particular expertise in…
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Sydney, Australia
Duncan Longstaff
Principal
Spruson & Ferguson Lawyers: Litigation
+61 2 9393 0100 duncan.longstaff@spruson.com
Duncan is a specialist intellectual property lawyer. He has extensive IP litigation expertise with 15 years in practice. Duncan’s practice focuses on patent disputes, including in the mining/energy, pharmaceutical, biotechnology,…
Duncan is a specialist intellectual property lawyer. He has extensive IP litigation expertise with 15 years in practice. Duncan’s practice…
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This article was first published in the 2023 Pharmaceutical Patent Review. Key takeaways In Australia, new indications for known pharmaceuticals may be…
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Protecting your brand from counterfeits
In January 2024, the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) released a robust study to assess the economic impact of counterfeiting in sales and employment in the clothing (including footwear),…
In January 2024, the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) released a robust study to assess the economic impact of…
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