Corrs Chambers Westgarth was awarded ‘IP Law Firm of the Year – contentious, Australia’ at the annual Managing IP 2011 Global Awards held in London last week.

Managing IP, a leading global industry resource for IP news and analysis, presented more than 60 country based awards to leading intellectual property firms from across the world including Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Corrs’ practice group leader for intellectual property, Stephen Stern, said: “We are delighted to have received this accolade from a leading global industry journal. It is currently an exciting time for IP in Australia. There are legislative developments on foot dealing with patent law reform, improvements in trade mark and copyright enforcement, and significant copyright litigation over ISP liability and database rights.”

Over the past year, Corrs IP team has continued to act at the forefront of intellectual property law, advising on matters impacting brands and other IP valued at billions of dollars.

Some recent highlights for Corrs IP team include:

Successfully appealing the Gallo case against cancellation for non-use of its BAREFOOT trade mark for wine. The case, which went on appeal all the way to the High Court of Australia, addressed the fundamental nature of trade mark use under Australian law.

Advising GE Water & Process Technologies in major patent infringement and revocation actions against the Siemens group companies concerning a series of patents and patent applications for membrane water filtration technologies.

Advising Research in Motion (RIM) in relation to its iconic brand BlackBerry. Corrs acted for RIM on the Australasian aspects of the contested trade mark infringement and opposition cases against Samsung in relation to the launch of its BlackJack product.

Advising NBN Co in relation to a range of intellectual property and regulatory issues arising on the establishment of the national fibre-to-the-premises broadband network.

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