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 PropertyIP Stars Top Tier Firm Shelston IP

In 2020 Shelston IP have been ranked as a Tier 1 Firm for both patent and trade marks prosecution. We also continue to be ranked in top tiers for our contentious work.

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
Sean McManis
  • Trade Mark
  • Trade Mark Enforcement and Litigation
  • Trade Mark Prosecution
  • Trade Mark Strategy and Counselling
Serena White
  • Rising Star
Managing IP Asia-Pacific Awards 2020 Shortlist
  • Patent Contentious
  • Patent Prosecution

Intellectual Asset Management (IAM Patent 1000)

In the 2020 IAM  Patent 1000, Intellectual Asset Management lists Shelston IP as Highly Recommended firm for Patents – Prosecution and Recommended for Litigation and Transaction work:

“The impeccably qualified team of patent attorneys and attorneys at law at Shelston IP has achieved great success in recent years, especially in tapping into the Chinese market. Processing one out of every 15 applications entering national phase in Australia already, the side now represents the greatest number of Chinese entities among Australian IP firms and files the most China-originating patent applications in Australia. Paul Harrison  and Greg Whitehead are fine examples of the group’s first-rate advisers. With a chemical engineering background, Harrison aptly handles building and construction products and systems, material separation, treatment and handling, metallurgy, food processing, medical equipment and process technology briefs. He is also the Asian Patent Attorneys Association Conference chair 2020. Head of the mining team, Whitehead is not just technically excellent, he also has a great track record building up and consolidating the patent portfolios of start-ups for commercialisation. Similarly, Michael Christie, a former senior associate at MinterEllison who joined the firm in May 2020 to head up the life science practice, specialises in molecular biology. Elsewhere, Chris Bevitt is the commercial law team leader who tackles transactional work effortlessly.”

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.”


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.


Doyle’s Guide

Shelston IP are Recommended as a Leading Contentious Intellectual Property Law Firm – NSW, 2020 together with Katrina Crooks and Mark Vincent being recommended as Leading Contentious Intellectual Property Lawyers – NSW 2020.


Client Choice Awards

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