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mdp Appoints Patent Attorney to Lead New Patent and Trademark Practice

Janice Yew | January 2nd, 2015

mdp is excited to announce we have established a new Practice, mdp Patent and Trademark Attorneys. The Practice will be led by Principal, Gavin Doherty, who has almost 20 years' experience in international patent applications from both a regulatory and commercial perspective.

Gavin is regarded as one of Australia's foremost Patent Attorneys, having developed and managed world-renowned IP portfolios for some of Australia's most innovative international companies including Cochlear Limited and Orbital Engine Company.

At Cochlear - the world leader in medical hearing devices - Gavin was responsible for all matters pertaining to Cochlear's trademark and patent portfolio, including strategic portfolio review, ensuring optimal brand protection, and managing the prosecution of patents. During his time at Cochlear, the company was ranked the no. 1 Australian company in the IPRIA Innovation Index and no. 3 for patent applications.

Gavin joins mdp from Chrysiliou Law, where for the past five years he acted for a variety of Australian and international clients in protecting their inventions. He has also been a Patent Examiner with AIPO, hence he has first-hand experience of the stringent requirements to secure a patent and how to navigate the pitfalls of the patent application process.

Gavin brings to mdp technical excellence, strong commercial acumen, an inquisitorial approach and a unique insight into the role of intellectual property in business from a patent office, patent owner and patent advisor's perspective.

His unparalleled patent experience combined with mdp's broader intellectual property and commercial expertise means we can now offer clients a complete integrated suite of intellectual property services, including:

  • trade mark, design and patent strategy and searching services;
  • trade mark, design and patent filing and prosecution services;
  • copyright advice;
  • intellectual property enforcement services (including litigious matters); and
  • intellectual property commercialisation services.

Gavin will be based in our Melbourne office and will be working closely with our IP, commercial law and litigation teams.

Janice Yew

Janice joined mdp in 2013 as a law clerk while completing her Juris Doctor at the University of Melbourne. In 2015, she came onboard full-time as a law graduate, and started working in the firm’s property, commercial and intellectual property practices.