John Fairbairn

John is a partner in MinterEllison's intellectual property team. His practice is focused on the media, technology and life sciences sectors.

He assists clients with strategies for protecting IP assets, minimising the risk of disputes and licensing. He also represents clients in contentious matters, including injunction applications and Anton Piller (search and seizure) orders.

John has successfully represented clients in disputes involving copyright, patents, trade marks, designs and confidential information as well as passing off and analogous actions under the Australian Consumer Law.

He has particular expertise in the interaction of copyright law and emerging technologies in Australia. He is considered a trusted advisor to key participants in the broadcasting, computing and telecommunications industries and has particular experience in large scale music industry disputes, both in the Federal Court and the Copyright Tribunal.

With dual qualifications in law and science, John is also an integral member of our strong patent litigation team. He has significant experience representing clients in multi-jurisdictional patent disputes particularly in the life sciences sector.

A$1.55 billion Lloyds Banking Group sale of Capital Finance and BOS International Australia

Acted together with Allen & Overy as joint legal advisers to the Lloyds Banking Group on the sale of its Australian asset finance business, Capital Finance Australia Ltd (CFAL), and its corporate loan portfolio, BOS International Australia Ltd (BOSI) to Westpac Banking Corporation for approximately A$1.55 billion in total.