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Robert Cooper
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Robert has 25 years' experience in handling all aspects of intellectual property. Robert specialises in assisting clients with IP disputes, trade mark matters (including registration), licensing and IT disputes.

Robert has substantial experience in patent disputes in areas such as pharmaceutical compounds and processes, business methods, methods of treatment, mobile telecommunications, financial services, multi-valent vaccines, mechanical devices, heavy engineering, industrial refrigerants and various consumer goods. He is experienced in acting in substantial multi-jurisdictional patent disputes for patentees and revokers, both in the Federal, Full Federal Court and Australian Patent Office.

Robert works hard to drive innovative solutions for his clients. He recently obtained the first judgment in Australia where a patent infringer was ordered to pay 'additional damages' due to the flagrancy of the infringement. Another of Robert's patent clients recently obtained the first judgment in Australia to confirm that a 'spring board' injunction could be granted to prevent the sale of non-infringing products.

Robert also advises clients on strategic patent licensing issues and especially where relationships become strained or disintegrate and IP ownership disputes arise.

Robert is a registered trade marks attorney and manages the trade mark protection needs of a range of Australian and International clients.

He has advised clients in many trade mark disputes before the Trade Marks Office and before the Federal and Full Federal Courts. For example, Robert successfully acted for Sweet Rewards in its defence of a claim brought by Mars Australia in the Federal Court and on appeal in the Full Federal Court. The matter was cited by Asia IP as a ‘case of the year’.

In conjunction with his Australian litigation expertise, Robert holds a masters degree in computing, a diploma in IP Law and is also qualified to practise in England and Wales. Robert puts his computing Masters to use in regularly advising clients in IT disputes. He has successfully assisted clients (including customers, contractors and sub-contractors) in over 15 major disputes in the last decade.

Robert was a former national secretary of LESANZ. He is a regular writer and presenter to clients and at national and international conferences on topics such as business method patents, 'skinny labelling' in Australia and tactics in patent and trade mark litigation.

Finally, Robert is a keen advocate of pro bono work and regularly advises pro bono clients on their trade mark and copyright matters. Robert also led the successful legal team in the very urgent High Court challenge to invalidate certain sections of the Commonwealth's electoral legislation before the 2010 federal election. The 4:3 finding of the High Court held the sections invalid and approximately 110,000 potential voters were able to enrol to vote.

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