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IP licensing in the context of litigation and disputes - NSW - Events & Education

IP licensing in the context of litigation and disputes - NSW

Wednesday 22nd March 2017 | DLA Piper
Level 22 No.1 Martin Place Sydney NSW 2000
(Entrance off Pitt Street)

Licensing issues often emerge during the settlement of litigation and other disputes concerning IP rights. Special considerations arise when considering the negotiation and drafting of IP licences in this context. IP licences and settlement agreements may also soon face greater competition law scrutiny in Australia - with the Productivity Commission recently recommending the repeal of the IP licensing exception from competition law and a new regime to monitor 'pay for delay' or reverse payment settlements in the pharmaceutical sector.

This seminar will discuss:

  • Practical issues to consider when negotiating and drafting licences in the context of litigation and disputes
  • Competition law issues that may arise, including proposed changes in Australia relating to the IP licensing exception and pay for delay settlements
  • International trends and insights


Speaker: Sonia Stewart, Barrister, Nigel Bowen Chambers

Sonia has over 15 years experience in both private practice and in-house roles, including as a Senior Associate in IP litigation and dispute resolution at Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons), as Head of Corporate Affairs & Legal for Imperial Tobacco Australia and as General Manager Regulatory for Tabcorp. Sonia was called to the Bar in 2016 and maintains an expansive commercial litigation practice, with particular expertise in intellectual property and competition and consumer law. She has represented high-profile national and multi-national corporations in leading cases with respect to their intellectual property, brands, advertising claims, products and commercial interests.

Sonia possesses significant experience in highly-regulated, fast-moving consumer goods industries, such as tobacco, alcohol, gambling, food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, advertising to children and other vulnerable classes of consumers.

Speaker: Anna Parker, Senior Associate, DLA Piper

Anna is a Senior Associate at DLA Piper, and acts in the areas of competition law, consumer law and market regulation.

Anna has broad experience advising on competition, consumer and regulatory matters, including cartel investigations, joint ventures, distribution, IP and reseller arrangements, merger clearances, misuse of market power issues, regulatory processes, misleading conduct and compliance programs. She has advised clients in a range of industries, such as health, energy, broadcasting, agriculture, petroleum, retail and transport. Anna has practised in both Australia and New Zealand, and has a Postgraduate Diploma in Economics for Competition Law from King's College London.

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Time: 5:45 PM - 7:30 PM
Venue: DLA Piper
Level 22 No.1 Martin Place Sydney NSW 2000
(Entrance off Pitt Street)
Cost: LESANZ Members rate $35 pp
Non Members rate $50 pp
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