Sean McManis


Sean heads the Trade Marks team. He has more than 20 years experience as a trade marks attorney.

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  • Sean heads the firm’s Trade Marks and Brands team. He is a solicitor and registered trade marks attorney, with qualifications both in science and law.

    Sean has 30 years’ experience as a trade marks attorney. A large part of his work involves the resolution of trade mark disputes and the enforcement of intellectual property rights. In that regard Sean is reputed to be a “very impressive operator” who “excels on both contentious and non-contentious matters” (2014 World Trade Mark Review 1000).

    Sean is highly experienced in the handling of trade mark oppositions and brand disputes. He assists clients in policing infringements, including border protection and marketplace policing programs. He also conducts availability searching for a wide range of multi-national businesses, handles prosecution work, and provides strategic advice relating to use, protection and management of brand portfolios, including domain names.

    Sean is consistently ranked by the leading industry analysts and was most recently named a 2014 Leading Lawyer by Asia IP and featured in Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars Handbook 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

    Through the combination of peer feedback and independent research Sean is recommended for:

    • Trade Mark – Strategy and Counselling
    • Trade Mark – Enforcement and Litigation
    • Trade Mark – Prosecution

    Through the MIP research, one international client was quoted, saying:

    “Sean McManis is a steady pair of hands and demonstrated his leadership in trade mark matters by persuading me, against my instincts, to apply for a defensive trade mark registration which was successfully secured.”

    QualificationsIP Star Paul Harrison, Sean McManis

    • Registered Trade Marks Attorney
    • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
    • Bachelor of Science (Chemistry), Macquarie University
    • Bachelor of Laws, Macquarie University.


    • Law Society of New South Wales
    • Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys
    • Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand
    • Australian Domain Administration.