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.


Managing Intellectual Property

Shelston IP continue to be ranked in the top tiers by this publication for patents and trade marks, both prosecution and contentious.IP Stars Tier 1

In 2018 Shelston IP’s trade mark team was again awarded a Tier 1 ranking.


The 2017 Managing IP  reports:

Shelston IP, a subsidiary of Xenith IP, is one of the leading firms for patent prosecution. A client uses this “very pragmatic” firm because of its “excellent strategic advice and adherence to budgets”. The firm is attracting new instructions. “A firm you only have to provide instructions once and able to provide quality follow up,” comments a client. Some of the notable practitioners in the team are Paul Harrison, who spends most of his time on patent strategy and IP office proceedings, and Jacinta Flattery-O’Brien, who continues to deliver for agriculture, biotechnology and chemical companies. A client appreciates the team’s “excellent personalised service and quality patent prosecution work”.

Trade Mark & Copyright
Top-tier IP firm Shelston IP, a member of Xenith IP, is a consistent top filer in the market, representing global brands across several industries. Also in the team are “excellent and business-oriented” lawyers who deal with litigation. “I have trusted this firm for all my trade mark prosecution work in Australia for more than 15 years,” comments a client. Sean McManis and Andrew Lockhart are seen in oppositions and appeals.

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:

Paul Harrison
  • Patent
  • Patent Prosecution
2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014
Sean McManis
  • Trade Mark
  • Trade Mark Enforcement and Litigation
  • Trade Mark Prosecution
  • Trade Mark Strategy and Counselling
2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014
Gerard Skelly
  • Trade Mark
  • Trade Mark Enforcement and Litigation
  • Trade Mark Prosecution
  • Trade Mark Strategy and Counselling
2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014

Chambers and Partners

Shelston IP is ranked in 2018 Chambers and Partners. “Sources express high praise for the team’s skills and client focus: Overall they are an excellent team of IP professionals in all areas which are fundamentally important from a client perspective; they excel in patent filing and prosecution, and instructions in all organisational matters only need to go out once. They are a highly efficient and detail-oriented team.”

Chris Bevitt is also mentioned as a notable practitioner.


Intellectual Asset Management (IAM Patent 1000)

In the 2018 IAM  Patent 1000, Intellectual Asset Management lists Shelston IP as Highly Recommended firm for Patents – Prosecution:

Keeping future enforcement priorities firmly in mind, Shelston IP conducts an exceptional programme of core prosecution services. Value is added throughout the patent lifecycle by a straight-shooting litigation team and a long list of support functions, including assistance with securing funding and reacting to legislative changes in the IP environment. The offices are staffed with crack prosecutors, from which Paul Harrison stands out; recently concluding a term as president of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association Australia Chapter, Harrison is “renowned for his robust engineering expertise”, though his talents are in demand among a broad heavy-industry following. Newly ranked Kieran Williams and Greg Whitehead share a fanbase of ASX-listed companies that value their technical gifts. Williams “is an attorney who keeps clients’ best interests in mind”. “Always rolling up his sleeves”, the trained neuroscientist is no stranger to getting his hands dirty in research settings and counts three research fellowships on his CV, alongside time as a patent examiner at IP Australia and a research scientist at GSK Australia. Devoting his time to instructions in the mechanical engineering space, Whitehead focuses on advising mining operations and technology start-ups. With unparalleled knowledge in gene-based patentable subject matter, Grant Shoebridge most recently established precedent in the influential Arrowhead decision. Leading the commercial law team with aplomb, Chris Bevitt offers his remarkable business acumen to rights holders seeking commercialisation opportunities.


Legal 500Top_tier_firms

In 2017, 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 Senior Associate, Duncan Longstaff for being named as a Next Generation Lawyer.


World Trade Mark Review (WTR 1000)

Shelston IP is a Recommended firm in the 2018 WTR 1000.

“Shelston IP’s “excellent and ever-reliable” trademark squad has been turning heads in Australia with first-class trademark support on both sides of the contentious/non-contentious divide. Established in 1859, it has honed and refined its services; rigour, responsiveness and a resolutely commercial focus are the firm’s hallmarks. Two lawyers who always go the extra mile for their clients are Gerard Skelly and Sean McManis. Skelly’s “professional and thorough” counselling reaps fantastic long-term results, while McManis comes into his own in the courtroom, finding creative solutions to even the most puzzling problems.”

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.