Robert Cooper
Partner, Melbourne
I have 30 years' experience in handling all aspects of intellectual property and lead our national IP team. I specialise in assisting clients with IP disputes, patents, trade mark matters (including registration), confidential information, licensing and IT disputes.

I have successfully acted for numerous clients in patent disputes in areas such as pharmaceutical compounds and processes, mining equipment, medical devices, business methods, methods of treatment, mobile telecommunications, ink-jet cartridges, multi-valent vaccines, mechanical devices, heavy engineering and various consumer goods. I have decades of experience in acting in substantial multi-jurisdictional patent disputes for patentees and revokers, in the Federal Court, Full Federal Court and Australian Patent Office.

I advise clients on strategic patent licensing issues and especially where relationships become strained or disintegrate and IP ownership disputes arise.

I am a registered trade mark attorney and manage the trade mark protection needs of a range of Australian and International clients.

In conjunction with my Australian litigation expertise, I hold a Masters degree in computing, a diploma in IP Law and am qualified to practise in England and Wales. I put my computing Masters to use in regularly advising clients in IT disputes.

Career highlights

  • I 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 my patent clients obtained the first judgment in Australia to confirm that a 'spring board' injunction could be granted to prevent the sale of non-infringing products.
  • I acted for Rio Tinto in its successful appeal to the Federal Court against a decision by IP Australia to refuse a patent application for a method of processing ore.
  • I 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’.
  • I co-lead our substantial Melbourne pro bono practice and regularly advise pro bono clients on their trade mark and copyright matters and have lead a successful urgent High Court challenge to invalidate certain sections of the Commonwealth's electoral legislation. The 4:3 finding of the High Court held the sections invalid and approximately 110,000 potential voters were able to enrol to vote.

Awards & recognition

  • Leading Individual, Intellectual Property (Patents) - Chambers Asia Pacific: 2022 - 2016
    Robert Cooper is an 'expert in the field' who 'partners with you to think outside the box and come up with solutions.' - Chambers Asia Pacific: 2022
  • Leading Individual, Life Sciences- Chambers Asia Pacific: 2022 - 2021
    Asia Pacific Legal 500 (APL500) regards Robert Cooper as 'client-focused, pragmatic and having significant respect throughout the industry'
  • Recommended – Intellectual Property, Best Lawyers: 2021 - 2009
  • Recommended – Biotechnology Law, Best Lawyers: 2021 - 2018
  • Leading individual, IAM1000, The World's Leading Patent Professionals: 2021- 2013
    Robert Cooper delivers 'a great combination of experience, technical skill and cost effectiveness. He has a very good ability to narrow down the fundamental issues at play and advise on them.' - IAM1000, The World's Leading Patent Professionals
    He is regarded as a 'calm, strategic thinker' - IAM1000, The World's Leading Patent Professionals
  • Leading Individual, The International Who's Who Legal - Patents: 2018 - 2013
  • Leading Individual, The International Who's Who Legal - Life Sciences: 2018 - 2015
  • Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars Handbook (Australia): – Trade mark star, Patent star: 2022 - 2014
  • Leading individual, WTR1000, The World's Leading Trademark Professionals: 2018 - 2017
    Robert Cooper is a 'bright strategic thinker' whose 'reliable and timely advice' covers branding, trademark disputes and a host of other IP issues - WTR 1000 – World Trade Mark Review.
    Robert Cooper is 'dedicated and determined, with brilliant technical legal skills' - WTR 1000 – World Trade Mark Review.
  • Leading Individual, World IP Review: WIPR Leaders - Patent Leaders: 2018 - 2017

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