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.

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

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The 2019 Managing IP  reports:

Shelston IP has a strong reputation for patent prosecution. Its group focuses on nine core industry sectors: agribusiness, cleantech, consumer products, fintech, life sciences and biotechnology, material science and chemical engineering, medtech, mining and resources, and pharmaceuticals. Its litigation group and advisory services group round out the offering for clients. Notable long-term clients of the firm include Dyson Technology, Novozymes, Merck Sharp & Dohme, Honeywell, Linde Group, Pfizer and CSIRO. A unique aspect of the firm’s practice is its growing portfolio of work originating in China. Last year, Shelston launched its OneAsia initiative which provides a full-service IP offering around the region for its international clients.

The key contacts for patents at the firm include Paul Harrison, Charles Tansey, Caroline Bommer and Grant Shoebridge.

The firm is representing InfoTrack in an appeal to the full federal court related to its patent dispute with Encompass. The team successfully defended Tasmanian Alkaloids in opposition proceedings commenced by Sun Pharmaceuticals and TPI Enterprises.

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

Paul Harrison
  • Patent
  • Patent Prosecution
 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014
Sean McManis
  • Trade Mark
  • Trade Mark Enforcement and Litigation
  • Trade Mark Prosecution
  • Trade Mark Strategy and Counselling
2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014
Serena White
  • Rising Star
Jessica Chadbourne
  •  Rising Star

Chambers and Partners

Shelston IP is ranked in 2020 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. Long track record representing clients in disputes brought before the Federal Court and Australian Patent Office. Also advises on the protection, management and commercialisation of IP assets.

One interviewee reports that the lawyers are “very proactive and do a good job of keeping ahead,” stressing their “high level of expertise and effort,” and adding: It’s clear that their knowledge of patent law is very strong.”

Intellectual Asset Management (IAM Patent 1000)

In the 2019 IAM  Patent 1000, Intellectual Asset Management lists Shelston IP as Highly Recommended firm for Patents – Prosecution and Recommended for Litigation and Transaction work:

“Shelston IP is head and shoulders above the rest, for its holistic service and deep reserves of knowledge. The team is super proactive and always one step ahead of the opposition; they work around the clock, never missing a deadline and will go above and beyond to ensure the work is first-rate.” An example of the firm’s innovative tendencies is its recent launch of OneAsia, a business solution aimed at providing clients with seamless one-stop shop protection across the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Vice president of the Australian chapter of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association Paul Harrison leaves both clients and peers in awe. As one patron enthuses: “Paul fuses his technical knowledge in chemical engineering with his legal expertise and sound commercial thinking, to produce great work. He has strong patent searching and analysis skills and his overall strategic approach makes him a stand out. Paul is proactive and his ability to understand complex processes and distil it into simple and easily digestible language is extremely valuable.” Patent attorney Greg Whitehead has a broad mechanical engineering practice; he possesses detailed and unique knowledge of robotic systems, automation equipment and industrial drying and heating machine patents.  Grant Shoebridge are intimately familiar with patent term extensions and plant breeder’s rights and are the outfit’s resident biotech and pharmaceuticals authorities. Shoebridge leverages over 15 years’ worth of medical research experience in the immunology field to provide consistently shrewd counsel. Commercial law department spearhead Chris Bevitt comes “highly recommended for his finesse in transactional matters. He has the ability to take intricate commercial arrangements involving the past, present and future rights and obligations of parties and draft meticulous, concise and effective clauses to reflect them perfectly. Chris’ turnaround is fast and his communication extremely effective – he proposes alternative solutions to achieve the best possible outcome. He is courteous and always available to answer questions too.”

Legal 500Legal 500 leading firm 2020 Shelston IP

Shelston IP are ranked in 2020 as one of Australia’s leading Intellectual Property firms.

Shelston IP advises national and international clients on all types of IP assets including patents, trade marks and designs. It advises on the commercialisation of IP and is active in litigation matters; Katrina Crooks and Mark Vincent are key contacts in this space and are leading a team acting for Hytera Communication Corporation on a copyright and misuse of information case against Motorola Solutions. Team members have expertise in sectors including consumer products, agribusiness, pharmaceuticals, life sciences and biotechnology, IT, and mining and resources.

World Trade Mark Review (WTR 1000)

Shelston IP is a Recommended firm in the 2020 WTR 1000.

“Shelston IP is an excellent and efficient provider of trademark prosecution and contentious services, and its lawyers are very responsive.” Trademark and brands team chief Sean McManis is a prodigious brand strategist and a dab hand at oppositions and IP disputes.


Shelston IP are recommended as a Leading Non-Contentious Intellectual Property Law Firm – NSW, 2019.

Client Choice Awards

Trade Mark Principal, Sean McManis has been nominated in the IP Specialist Category for his client focus in The Financial Review Client Choice Awards 2020.