John is a partner in Gilbert + Tobin’s Intellectual Property group.
John has many years’ experience dealing with all aspects of intellectual property law with a focus on patent litigation across a range of industries including resources, life sciences, financial services and digital technologies.
John has acted in a number of leading cases in the Federal Court in recent years. He also has considerable expertise in advising leading corporates on strategic IP management. He is a recognised leader in his field.
Legal 500 2016 notes “Patent litigator John Lee ‘stands out for his customer focus, clear guidance and ability to simplify complex issues’”.
John has had an outstanding success rate over the last five years including:
- BASF (Ciba Specialty Chemicals) v SNF Australia—A long-running patent litigation relating to a mining technology. John’s client BASF has succeeded at every stage of this patent infringement case against SNF including at first instance in the Federal Court, on appeal to the Full Court and in resisting special leave to the High Court. This complex and hard-fought litigation has multi-jurisdictional reach and John has provided strategic oversight.
- Shopify v Enterprise Glue—John represented Canadian digital company Shopify in defending a Federal Court patent infringement action in relation to m-commerce applications. Shopify achieved an outstanding settlement with all relevant claims of the patents being revoked.
- Aristocrat v Konami—A successful patent infringement claim brought by John’s client Aristocrat against a competitor in relation to Aristocrat’s critical Hyperlink technology. Aristocrat succeeded at first instance and unanimously on appeal. The case is now in the quantum phase for assessment of the damages payable to Aristocrat.
- EnGeneIC—Representing Australian biotech company EnGeneIC in relation to a patent dispute regarding mini-cell technology.
John has been active in establishing Gilbert + Tobin’s g+t<i> group including coordinating filing of patent applications for some of the firm’s legal technology innovations.
John recently appeared before the Productivity Commission in relation to its review of Australia’s intellectual property regime. He has lectured extensively at a number of universities on a range of intellectual property subjects and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
John has a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry) and is also a registered Patent Attorney.
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