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 2019 Shelston IP’s trade mark team was again awarded a Tier 1 ranking.


The 2018 Managing IP  reports:

Shelston IP offers a full range of IP services including advice on commercialisation opportunities and plant breeders’ rights. The “responsive, commercially focused and good value for money” patent practice is strong in prosecution and noted for contentious matters. A litigation client describes Mark Vincent as “pragmatic” and praises his ability to “look for solutions” as well as his “excellent client relationship management”. The client also observes that Duncan Longstaff is “easy to work with and collaborates well with counsel and the in-house team”. Paul Harrison continues to work with Charles Tansey, the leader of the chemical group, on filings and oppositions. Executive general manager Russell Davies drives the mechanical engineering team, while portfolio manager Jack Redfern leads the electrical engineering group, helping Chris Bevitt with IP transactions.

Year after year, many of our senior practitioners are also recognised by the leading industry analysts. Our ‘IP Stars’ include:

Duncan Longstaff  

  •  Rising Star
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 2019 Chambers and Partners.

A substantial, specialist IP firm with a comprehensive range of patent and trade mark services, with a focus on protection, enforcement and management. Offers specialism in the biotech, pharmaceutical, electronics and chemical arenas, in addition to trade mark protection and broader transactional matters. Handles both contentious and non-contentious matters, including protection, management and commercialisation of IP assets.

One interviewee comments: “They are really strong on electronic and IT matters.”

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 500Legal 500 Asia Pacific Leading Firm

Shelston IP are ranked in 2019 as one of Australia’s leading Intellectual Property firms.

We also commend Senior Associate, Duncan Longstaff for being named as a Next Generation Lawyer for the 2nd year running.


World Trade Mark Review (WTR 1000)

Shelston IP is a Recommended firm in the 2019 WTR 1000.

A formidable patent and trademark attorney firm, Shelston IP is home to 12 trademark experts offering a “solid” trademark service that runs the gamut. As “one of the largest inbound practices in Australia”, the firm is famed for its representation of Disney and Johnson & Johnson. “Highly experienced” trademark team leader Sean McManis dispenses “thorough and pragmatic advice”, while Gerard Skelly regularly features in IP Australia proceedings.


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.