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What is Intellectual Property Law?

Intellectual Property Law is a collection of rights which protect the creations of the mind across various industries.

Intellectual Property rights include:

  • Copyright;
  • Trademarks;
  • Designs;
  • Patents;
  • Plant breeder’s rights;
  • Confidential information and trade secrets.

These rights are regulated under separate pieces of legislation. Regulation of intellectual property matters is, however, centrally overseen by Intellectual Property Australia, a Federal Government agency.

Intellectual property disputes are usually heard in the Federal Court and often have a trans-national element.

The LIV Commercial Law Section has an Intellectual Property and Information Technology Committee which assumes responsibility for matters of law and policy in Intellectual Property and Information Technology. The Intellectual Property and Information Technology Committee prepare and review submissions in relation to current legal issues and are active in the realm of CPD.

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  • Who are the IP / IT Committee Members

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    Meagan Ryan, Senior Legal Counsel (Commercial and Intellectual Property) – Bega Cheese Limited, Co-Chair of IP/ IT Committee

    Areas of Expertise: Intellectual property law, commercialisation of intellectual property rights & corporate law.

    Meagan has a Master of Laws (Intellectual Property and Information Law) from King’s College London as well as a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Biomedical Science from Bond University. Prior to her current in-house role Meagan worked at various top tier law firms and a professional services firm.

    What value does the IP/ IT Committee bring for you?

    “I value being a member of the IP/IT Committee as my involvement allows me to positively contribute to the legal community, particularly in the areas of intellectual property and information technology.”

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    Rhys Munzel, Patent Attorney & Lawyer, Co-Chair of IP/ IT Committee

    Areas of Expertise: Rhys has expertise as a Hearing Officer and Senior Examiner of Patent at IP Australia. He has experience in patent opposition procedures and patentability opinion work, Patent Validity and Prosecution, Patent Opposition and Hearing Processes.

    Rhys completed his Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and Laws degrees at the University of Melbourne. He also completed a Masters in Industrial Property Law from the University of Technology in Sydney and has a Graduate Diploma in legal Practice from Australia National University.

    What value does the IP/ IT Committee bring for you?

    “The IP/IT Committee allows me to keep up to date with IP / IT policy issues and contribute to the discussion around these issues.”

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    Karen Hallenstein, co-Founder and Managing Principal of ipervescence

    Areas of expertise: IP valuation, IP strategy & IP flexible resourcing services.

    Karen has a Masters of Intellectual Property Law from University of Melbourne as well as a Bachelor of Laws with Honours, a Bachelor of Arts, and an Honours degree in Psychology, all from Monash University. She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Karen previously worked at Telstra for 18 years in the in-house legal team including leading the IP team, the Procurement legal team and Big Data legal support.

    What value does the IP/ IT Committee bring for you?

    Karen has been on the IP Committee since 2008 and is a former Chair. She particularly enjoys the opportunity to represent the views of practitioners through making submissions on behalf of the LIV on IP policy and law reform.

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    EJ Wise, Principal of WiseLaw

    Areas of Expertise: International, information and technology law. EJ provides legal advice to companies on Australia’s cyber security and cyber-related legislation – including the Privacy Act, Telecommunications and Interception Act, and Notifiable Data Breaches Scheme.

    EJ spent over 25 years working across Australian Federal and State Government, including 21 years in the Royal Australian Air Force as a uniformed officer - specialising in cyber warfare, international humanitarian law, administrative, and criminal law. EJ is an internationally recognized cyber law expert, having worked abroad in both academia and government in Canada and the US.

    EJ’s passion for cyber law and cyber security began in 1987 studying computer programming as part of an undergraduate Applied Science degree. This was followed by two-decades of work as an in-house cyber legal counsel to the Royal Australian Air Force’s cyber squadron, and several years working within the United States Air Force’s Operational, International & Cyber Law in the Pentagon.

    What value does the IP/ IT Committee bring for you?

    EJ really enjoys her participation with the IP/IT Committee and says she learns more each month from the amazing fellow practitioners on the IPIT Committee.

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    Gaye Middleton, ANZ Banking Group – Senior Lawyer IT and IP

    Areas of expertise: Information technology law and associated intellectual property issues.

    Gaye has a background in Information technology, telecommunications, biotechnology, financial services, universities.

    What value does the IP/ IT Committee bring for you?

    “It enables me to meet with and discuss developments in the law relating to IP and IT with colleagues from a diverse range of practising backgrounds, and to contribute to those developments through policy submissions of the committee.”    

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    Katerina Paras, General Counsel

    Areas of Expertise: Katerina is a generalist senior lawyer with a specialisation in intellectual property and IT laws. Her experience spans leading private practice firms, corporates as well as government.

    Katerina has previously worked across a number of industries including intellectual property, technology, employment, M&A, healthcare, financial services, logistics, government, data privacy, corporate and company secretarial, contracts, property, insurance, regulatory, telecommunications and litigation.

    Katerina completed a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws, Graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property, all from The University of Melbourne and is a lawyer as well as a Trade Marks Attorney.

    Katerina was also the winner of the 'In-House lawyer of the year 2018' at the Victorian Legal Awards.

    What value does the IP/ IT Committee bring for you?

    Katerina has been a member of the committee for many years and enjoys sharing in the passion and enthusiasm of its members for IP issues. For Katerina, the Committee is a forum where members can openly express their views about various IP matters and be part of a group that is instrumental in educating the broader legal community through seminars, publications and submissions.

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    Sally Foreman, Principal, Trade Marks Attorney, Davies Collinson Cave

    Areas of Expertise: Sally has expertise in various aspects of trade marks including, selection, searching, prosecution, opposition and infringements as well as related issues under the Australian Consumer Law and passing off.

    Sally has advised in both national and international jurisdictions and has previously worked in-house on secondment for a major telecommunications client. She also has expertise in European trademark law and practice after working at a European Attorney Firm in the UK. In 2017 Sally won the International Who’s Who Legal award for a ‘Leading Trade Mark Practitioner’.

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    Jacqueline Plunkett, IP lawyer, MDP

    Area of expertise: Jacqueline has experience in private commercial law, government, policy, trade and international law.

    Jacqueline has 9 years of experience in commercial law firms, the Australian IP Office and as an international trade negotiator for Australia. She has previously worked as a senior lawyer, Senior Trade Mark & Designs Examiner and was promoted into the economic policy and legal specialist teams for emerging IP issues.

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    Andrew Sykes, Barrister, Vic Bar

    Area of expertise: Andrew has a professional focus on branding and as well as expertise in the areas of domain names, copyright, designs, patents, internet law software, confidential information and related areas of misleading and deceptive conduct.

    Andrew was first Signed to the Bar Roll in May 2012. In 2017, 2018 & 2019 he was recommended in the World Trademark Review 1000. Andrew has authored a number of professional journal articles as well as the book Australian Trade Mark Opposition law.

    What value does the IP/ IT Committee bring for you?

    “The enjoyment of participating in education and assistance initiatives for practitioners working IP/IT.”

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    Caitlin McCrum, Senior Associate, Clayton Utz

    Area of expertise: Intellectual property law with a focus on anti-counterfeiting and brand protection. Caitlin has also advised clients on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters involving patents, trade marks, copyright and advertising and marketing law issues.

    What value does the IP/ IT Committee bring for you?

    "It is a great opportunity to meet and collaborate with practitioners with diverse legal backgrounds. It is also a privilege to discuss and contribute to intellectual property law reform and policy submissions on behalf of the LIV.”

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    Sanjay Schrapel, Barrister, Vic Bar

    Area of Expertise: Sanjay has a broad commercial practice with a focus on media law (defamation/contempt) as well as intellectual property (trademarks, copyright and registered designs). Sanjay was first admitted as a solicitor in July 2011 and, before being called to the Victorian Bar in May 2020, was a Senior Associate at Corrs Chambers Westgarth in their Commercial Litigation and Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice groups. As a solicitor, Sanjay has been involved in a number of disputes relating to trademark infringement and misleading and deceptive conduct/passing off in relation to unregistered marks.

    What value does the IP/IT committee bring for you?

    "The opportunity to collaborate and network with IP and IT practitioners from a variety of walks of life within the legal profession in Victoria."

    Virginia Beniac-Brooks, Principal & Legal Director, Arcadia

    Area of expertise: Virginia has 30 years’ experience in intellectual property law and is a registered Patent and Trademarks Attorney in Australia and New Zealand. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from the University of Sydney, majoring in Biochemistry and Mathematics, and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from Deakin University. Virginia has worked closely with clients across all industries and technologies to gain an understanding of their needs and to deliver a tailored IP strategy that is commercially relevant. When prosecuting IP matters Virginia combines her technical background with litigation experience to achieve the best possible outcome for the client. Currently, Virginia a sessional lecturer at Deakin University teaching the Intellectual Property Unit to Undergraduate Bachelor of Laws students.

    What value does the IP/ IT Committee bring for you?

    “Being part of the IP/IT Committee allows me to hear the views of the broader profession particularly in relation to the law of IP, which is my passion. The Committee also provides me with a forum to contribute to the discussion from the perspective of a practitioner who is working very closely with local and overseas Clients both in respect of transactional matters before the Australian and New Zealand Intellectual Property Offices and litigation matters before those Intellectual Property Offices and the Australian Courts.”

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    Khai-Yin Lim, Barrister, Vic Bar, Chartered Tax Adviser

    Areas of expertise: Tax and Revenue Law; Commercial Law. Khai-Yin attained the Chartered Tax Adviser designation from the Tax Institute of Australia, and completed a Master of Tax from the University of Melbourne, and Bachelors of Commerce (Accounting major) and Laws from Monash University.

    What value does the IP/IT Committee bring for you?

    “I have an interest in Research and Development, having written an article in Lexis Nexis’ Australian Intellectual Property Law Bulletin on amendments to the R&D tax incentive scheme. I hope to gain greater insight into IP/IT issues from practitioners on the Committee, and broaden my IP/IT knowledge and practice. I also hope to update the Committee on recent tax law developments affecting IP/IT, for instance, R&D."