Awards and Accolades

Shelston IP is selective about which awards programs it participates in. We know – just as our clients and associates know – that some titles are more credible than others.


Intellectual Asset Management (IAM 1000)

In the 2017 IAM 1000, Intellectual Asset Management lists Shelston IP as Recommended firm for Patents – Prosecution:

The exhaustive patent offering at Shelston is favoured by rights holders of all stripes – it has cultivated more than 3,000 client relationships around the world. Its expansion into Asia is proving hugely successful, as the statistics bear out: Shelston now processes more Chinese-originating patent applications than any other Australian firm. These achievements are fuelled by the firm’s technical acuity and comprehensive commercial outlook, personified by Grant Shoebridge and Chris Bevitt. Biotechnology PhD Shoebridge has a firm handle on pharmaceutical matters; he is an incisive drafter with a knack for gaining patent term extensions. Bevitt makes sure that clients optimise the value of their intangible assets by offering creative, but rational advice on patent-rich agreements.

Managing Intellectual Property

We are enormously proud to have been awarded Australian ‘IP Firm of the Year – 2013’ by the prestigious Managing Intellectual Property magazine, and to continue to be ranked in the top tiers by this publication for patents and trade marks, both prosecution and contentious.

In 2017 Shelston IP’s trade mark team was again awarded a Tier 1 ranking.

The 2016 Managing IP  reports (2017 report issues in May):

Shelston IP is one of the most respected IP firms in Australia. Established in 1859, the firm is known for prosecution work. Shelston IP’s holding company Xenith IP Group is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. “The services received were commendable. The associates were efficient and responsive,” says one client. “We always get the highest level of service from Shelston IP. They understand our business and provide sensible, practical advice at all times,” says another client. Katrina Crooks and Peter Treloar are two notable IP practitioners at the firm. The firm advised Electronic Tax Free Shopping on disputes concerning its credit card processing invention. Other clients include Chanel, L’Oréal, Disney and Sanofi.

Trade Mark & Copyright
Shelston IP offers contentious and non-contentious IP services but is best known for its prosecution practice. It represents major corporations such as Johnson & Johnson, Siemens, Pfizer, Dyson and Fuji Xerox. The firm has filed the fifth largest number of trade mark applications in Australia in the past year.

“They offer excellent value for money. Their internal processes are very efficient and they provide excellent industry experience,” says one client.

Head of trade marks Sean McManis recently represented Johnson & Johnson in a trade mark opposition. He also manages eyewear company Luxottica Group’s trade mark portfolio.

Andrew Lockhart is another name to note on the trade marks team. He represented Specialty Fashion Group and Trading Reference Australia in trade mark opposition cases.

Year after year, many of our senior practitioners are also recognised by the leading industry analysts. Our ‘IP Stars’ include as ranked in the 2015 Managing Intellectual Property IP Handbook are:

Jacinta Flattery-O’Brien
  • Patent
  • Patent Prosecution
2016, 2015
Paul Harrison
  • Patent
  • Patent Prosecution
2016, 2015, 2014
Sean McManis
  • Trade Mark
  • Trade Mark Enforcement and Litigation
  • Trade Mark Prosecution
  • Trade Mark Strategy and Counselling
2016, 2015, 2014
Gerard Skelly
  • Trade Mark
  • Trade Mark Enforcement and Litigation
  • Trade Mark Prosecution
  • Trade Mark Strategy and Counselling
2016, 2015, 2014

Legal 500

In 2016, we made our inaugural submission to the Legal 500 and, on the basis of our credentials, and peer and client feedback, were ranked one of Australia’s leading Intellectual Property firms.

We also commend Principals Chris Bevitt and Katrina Crooks on being mentioned for their expertise.

Financial Review Client Choice Awards 2017

Each year Beaton Consulting undertake research for the Financial Review Client Choice Awards. Shelston IP’s China Business Development Manager, Li Li was nominated in the IP Specialist Category for her client focus.


2016 has seen Shelston IP being named the Industry Choice winner of the Corporate Intl Magazine Global Award – Trademark Law Firm of the Year in Australia.


Client Feedback

While we intend to be more visible in league tables and the like in years to come, the accolades that matter most to us will always come from our clients – via their feedback, their loyalty, and their willingness to recommend us to others.

And on the back of our 2014 Client Review, we can say with confidence that the numbers speak for themselves:

  • 92.61% of respondents are extremely likely or very likely to use Shelston IP again
  • 89.48% of respondents rate us excellent or very good overall
  • 88.61% of respondents are extremely likely or very likely to recommend Shelston IP to others
  • 70.75% of respondents consider Shelston IP to be their preferred provider of intellectual property services.