Griffith Hack principal and practice group leader of the firm’s law team Derek Baigent has been recognised as one of Australia’s leaders in intellectual property in The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific guide for 2022.

Derek received the prestigious ranking of Leading Individual, an honour he has received every year since 2019.

Griffith Hack was also recognised as a leading intellectual property firm in Australia, maintaining its Band Two ranking for the second year running. Griffith Hack is the only specialist IP services firm to be ranked in either Band One or Two, demonstrating the firm’s capacity to rival larger international firms in technical capability and engagement management.

Full rankings can be found here.

Griffith Hack is thrilled to once again be recognised at both the firm and individual practitioner level in IAM’s 9th Patent 1000 edition.

The IAM Patent 1000 distinguishes firms and individuals deemed outstanding in this area of practice and has been compiled following an extensive research process over 5 months involving approximately 1,800 interviews. 

IAM’s editors write: “Well respected and great at their jobs, Griffith Hack exemplifies a smart and targeted approach to patenting issues. Griffith Hack attorneys have deep knowledge and expertise and can understand the thinking in the inventor’s head; taking that on board in their advice to maximise IP ownership and value is very cost-effective.”

Firm achievements

Acknowledged for excellence across all three of IAM’s nominated practice areas (Prosecution, Litigation and Transactions), Executive General Manager David Madigan indicated the announcement confirms Griffith Hack’s position as one of Australia’s preeminent specialist IP firms. 

“We are obviously pleased with IAM’s endorsement which reinforces what has always been the hall mark of our approach; a laser-like focus on commercial outcomes, outstanding client service and deep technical knowledge,” Madigan said.  

  • Firms: Prosecution – High Recommended
  • Firms: Transactions – Recommended 
  • Firms: Litigation – Recommended 

Individual achievement 

In addition to the firm’s overall recognition, a number of high-performing practitioners have been highlighted for their outstanding contribution to excellence in IP. From this years’ publication, the editorial team draws attention to the following Griffith Hack personnel:

  • “National practice group leader for electricals, information technology and physics, Nick Mountford is au fait at overcoming examiners’ objections to patent applications for computer-implemented inventions.” 
  • “Cambridge University physics PhD holder Derek Baigent leads the national IP law practice. Most recently, in a Federal Court dispute with two Russian nationals, he obtained an interlocutory judgment in favour of Sony Interactive Entertainment.” 
  • “Engineering dynamo David Hughes is sought after by a leading medical devices company”
  • Janelle Borham is the name to note on the life sciences and chemistry side. She serves local and international clients equally well, focusing especially on organic chemistry, food technology, energy technology and ionic liquids”, and
  • Leanne Oitmaa is a key adviser in patents, designs and trademarks.”

“Although these people would be amongst the first to acknowledge the importance of high-performing teams and the collective effort required to deliver outstanding client outcomes, individual accolades of this nature serve as a reminder of the depth and calibre of talent within the firm. With the full integration of Watermark into Griffith Hack, we hope to see further industry recognition like this into the future” stated Madigan.

Griffith Hack is delighted to be recognised by Doyle’s Guide 2020 in both firm and individual categories.

Individual recognition 

Following on from the announcement of Kellie Stonier’s inclusion in the Doyles 2020 Leading Intellectual Property Lawyers guide for Queensland, Griffith Hack congratulates Principals Derek Baigent and Andrew Goatcher for their recognition in New South Wales’ and Victoria’s editions respectively.

Derek received a recommendation for his contentious work following another successful year leading Griffith Hack’s law team including wins in Australia’s Federal court. Andrew has been recommended for both contentious and non-contentious work; continuing to utilise his impressive understanding of Intellectual Property Law to the great benefit of his clients.

Kellie, Derek and Andrew were also listed for their Intellectual Property Law expertise in the latest edition of Best Lawyers’. Special coverage with respect to these standings can be found in The Australian Financial Review

Firm recognition 

Further to the individual accolades mentioned above, Griffith Hack is ranked by Doyle’s as a leading contentious and non-contentious Intellectual Property Law firm in both New South Wales and Queensland and a recommendation for our non-contentious work in Victoria.

Practice group director Bronwyn Pott commented, ‘‘These announcements are an exceptional result for not only Kellie, Derek and Andrew but the whole Griffith Hack law team as we continue to see them being recognised in industry rankings and awards. We truly value the work our clients entrust to us and look forward to increasing the size and scope of our offering with the integration of the Watermark team into Griffith Hack in the coming months.’’

The recently released Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guide for 2020 reconfirms Griffith Hack’s position as Australia’s highest ranked specialist IP firm.

In addition to the overall firm ranking which highlights Griffith Hack’s expertise in contentious IP work and trademark prosecution, National Practice Group Leader Derek Baigent was recognised as a ‘Leading Individual’ within the Intellectual Property practice area.

Derek said that the outcome was indicative of a collaborative effort and that “this kind of recognition is only possible due to the contribution each team member makes’ and the trust that our valued clients place in us”.