Stephen is a leading authority in the intellectual property field and acts for a wide range of clients including pharmaceutical companies, luxury goods manufacturers, clothing, footwear and textile producers, telecommunication and electronic companies.
His practice includes significant patent litigation and he has been involved in some of the longest-running patent litigation globally. Stephen also regularly acts for many of the world’s most prestigious brands, including Hermès, Cartier, Gucci, Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton and Prada in trade mark disputes.
Stephen is well-known for his anti-counterfeiting work for dozens of global companies such as Ferrari, Caterpillar, the various brands listed above, Lacoste, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike, Hugo Boss, Kate Spade, Christian Louboutin and BlackBerry amongst many others.
He is also well-known for his significant geographical indication and wine law practice, and in 2006 was appointed a Chevalier in the Ordre du Mérite Agricole by the French government in recognition of his services to the French wine industry. He is also entrusted by various French Government organisations with the management of their litigation in the Asia-Pacific region. His work involves, amongst other things, the protection of wine and spirit geographical indications (such as Champagne and Cognac), registering Australian wine region names (such as Coonawarra and Mornington Peninsula) and acting to register and protect geographical indications in a range of other agricultural sectors such as those relating to cheeses, rice, tea, meats and poultry.
Listed as a ‘leading lawyer’ in virtually every notable legal guide and directory, Stephen is recognised as one of Australia’s foremost trade mark lawyers by his clients and the industry.
Stephen is an IP Sub-Committee Member of the Business Law Section for the Law Council of Australia, and a Committee Member of the Federal Court Users Committee for the Federal Litigation Section of the Federal Court Liaison Reference. He is a member of multiple international organisations including the International Trademarks Association, American Bar Association - IP Section, L'Association Française des Practiciens du Droit de Marques and des Modèles (APRAM) and the Intellectual Property Enforcement Consultative Group. He is an Annual Lecturer at the University Reims and the University Bordeaux IV – Montesquieu. He is also an Honorary Solicitor for the Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association.
Leading Lawyer - Intellectual Property: Trade Marks & Copyright
Best Lawyer - Intellectual Property
Leading Lawyer - Intellectual Property
“Stephen's strategic thinking is second to none”
“A benchmark for what we want; he is very commercial and very proficient”
“An outstanding performer in enforcement matters”
“Clients commend his outstanding skills in the field, saying he has a natural feel for where the issue will go and is not easily intimidated”
“Big disputes are his forte and he is genuinely quite an exceptional lawyer”
“Peers consider Stephen Stern to be 'one of the leading practitioners' in this area”