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22 December 2004 – LAWFUEL – First for law news – Mallesons Stephen J…

22 December 2004 – LAWFUEL – First for law news – Mallesons Stephen Jaques has been named Australia IP Firm of the Year 2004 at the inaugural Asialaw IP Awards, held in Hong Kong last month.

Over 100 business leaders and senior lawyers from the Asia Pacific region attended the event at the Ritz-Carlton, where the “best IP practices in thirteen jurisdictions” were announced.

Asialaw editorial coverage of the Awards commented: “The Asialaw IP Awards are the culmination of an extensive process of market polls, in-depth editorial research and nominations from a panel of over 100 in-house counsel.

“Mallesons Stephen Jaques has gained recognition in the Australia market for its IP advice…The team has a long list of multinational clients.”

Maurice Gonsalves, Mallesons’ head of IP, commented: “We are delighted to have won this award. It is recognition of our integrated team approach to providing innovative solutions to the increasingly complex matters that arise in this area of practice. Our focus is on the delivery of results that have a real commercial benefit to our clients and we are grateful to them for the confidence they have shown in us.”

Mallesons’ pre-eminent litigators, patent attorneys, trade mark attorneys and lawyers possess both qualifications and industry experience across sectors such as information technology, computer science, e-commerce, food and beverage, communications, marketing and advertising, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.

Recent current matters with which the firm has been involved include:

– Acting for Alphapharm in a complex patent dispute with GlaxoSmithKline relating to the world’s largest selling anti depressant, paroxetine hydrochloride
– Acting for Cadbury Schweppes in patent disputes with Wrigley
– Acting for Starbucks Coffee in trademark prosecution and enforcement matters
– Acting for Microsoft in copyright infringement litigation in the Federal Court resulting in record damages awards

“…Many agreed with one client’s assessment that ‘there are very few firms in Australia with the expertise to handle complex issues with global ramifications, and Mallesons is one of them’,” commented Chambers Global Guide 2004-2005 on Mallesons’ IP practice.

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