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 2016 IAM 1000, Intellectual Asset Management lists Shelston IP as a Highly Recommended firm for Patents – Prosecution:
Shelston IP is a one-stop shop for multi-jurisdictional litigation, prosecution and transactional work. The second IP firm to list on the Australian Securities Exchange, it has forged strong ties with global conglomerates such as Merck Sharpe & Dohme and Reckitt Benckiser. “Shareholders and clients have recognised the need for a more corporatised organisation for larger IP firms. Shelston has always run at a capacity that stretches the limits of the old model. Its reach can only keep growing now.” Engineering specialist and executive chairman Stuart Smith is a “sturdy hand on long-term commercial strategy”. Deftly juggling dozens of portfolios a year, transactional ace Chris Bevitt can “communicate the terms of complex deals in straightforward, easy-to-digest language”. Former cancer researcher Grant Shoebridge joins the IAM Patent 1000’s litigation table this year. As one commentator notes: “Everyone wishes they had him in-house.” With a PhD in antibody engineering, he can quickly get to grips with the most complex biotechnology cases.
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:
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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.
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.
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.