Gavin Doherty

Gavin Doherty


B.E (mech & manuf), CGTL&P

Patent and trade mark attorney

Gavin is regarded as one of Australia’s foremost Patent Attorneys, having developed and managed world-renowned intellectual property (IP) portfolios for some of Australia’s most innovative international companies and has almost twenty years’ experience in international patent applications from both a regulatory and commercial perspective.

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 Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia Innovation Index and no. 3 for patent applications.

At Orbital Engine Company, which licenses internal combustion engine technology globally, Gavin oversaw Orbital’s patent portfolio, one of the largest and most diverse patent portfolios in Australia.

Gavin joins mdp from Chrysiliou IP, where he was a Principal, and for the past five years, he has acted for a variety of Australian and international clients in protecting their inventions.

He has also been a Patent Examiner with IP Australia, 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 has 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.

Gavin’s unparalleled patent experience combined with mdp’s broader intellectual property and commercial expertise means we can now offer your 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;
  • trade mark and patent opposition services;
  • copyright advice;
  • intellectual property enforcement services (including litigious matters); and
  • intellectual property commercialisation services.

Gavin can be contacted on +61 3 9620 9660 or via email at