John Afaras

Consultant* / Solicitor / Trade Mark Attorney Litigation Team, Spruson & Ferguson Lawyers

John Afaras is an intellectual property law specialist and registered trade mark attorney with more than 20 years’ experience. John principally practises in patent, trade mark, copyright and trade practices litigation and alternative dispute resolution.

John was a Principal of the firm for over 15 years and has extensive experience acting for a number of major international companies overseeing their trade mark portfolios, advising on anti-counterfeiting strategies and brand protection and development. John has developed anti-counterfeiting programs for a number of key clients and regularly works closely with the Australian Customs Service on the seizure of counterfeit goods. John’s experience also includes handling domain names disputes, protection and registration matters. John’s patent and design litigation expertise extends over a broad range of technologies from the patents of refrigerants, and the design of high speed catamaran hulls to the design of bathroom sanitary-ware items.

John is a member of the Licensing Executives Society and the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand. He has been a member of the editorial board of the journal Inhouse Counsel and has contributed articles to a number of publications including co-authoring a chapter in Intellectual Property in the Global Marketplace. John practised in commercial and intellectual property litigation in a large Australian law firm for nine years before joining the firm in 1997.

John’s expertise has been recognised both domestically and internationally by publications such as Guide to the World’s Leading Patent Law Practitioner’s, Best Lawyers International and Intellectual Asset Management’s IAM Patent Litigators 250. Most recently John was included in The Best Lawyers in Australia 2017.

*From February 2018. 

  • Bachelor of Laws - University of Sydney

  • Bachelor of Economics - University of Sydney

  • Solicitor - Supreme Court of New South Wales/Federal Court of Australia/High Court of Australia

  • Registered Australian Trade Mark Attorney

  • The Licensing Executives Society (LES)

  • The Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ)