Des Ryan AM

Des Ryan AM

Consultant | Lawyer
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Des’ major areas of practice include advice in intellectual property law, technology transfer agreements and licensing; advice and consultancy on intellectual property management, copyright, trade mark infringement, trade mark opposition and unfair competition; wine law and geographical indications; mediation and expert witness services, particularly intellectual property disputes, and adjudication of domain name disputes. He joined the firm in 1954 and was a partner from 1959 to 2001, before being appointed a consultant.


  • Order of Australia (AM) 2001
  • Honorary Member of AIPTA
  • WIPO Gold Medal
  • LES Gold Medal
  • Member of Honour AIPPI
  • Best Lawyers Australia: Recognised as one of ‘Australia’s Top Lawyers’ in Intellectual Property, 2008 – 2017
  • Asia IP Experts: Leading lawyer for Patents and Trade Marks, 2013; Leading lawyer in Trademark, Litigation, Copyright, Licensing and Franchising, 2015 
  • Expert guides – Trade Mark Lawyers: Nominated as being among the World’s Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners, 2009, 2012 & 2014
  • Who’s Who Legal: Trademarks leading practitioner, 2015 & 2018
  • Who’s Who Legal Patents: Considered a “leading practitioner in patent litigation”, 2017 & 2018


  • Board Member, International Wine Law Association
  • Member: International Trade Mark Association
  • Member: Law Council of Australia
  • Member: Law Institute of Victoria
  • Member: Lawasia (Life Member)
  • Member: Licensing Executives Society
  • Panellist on the WIPO Panel for the adjudication of disputes under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), and has adjudicated more than 75 disputes


  • Board Member: Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia
  • Chairman: Intellectual Property Committee of the Law Council of Australia
  • Co-Chairman: LAWASIA IP Committee
  • Member: Industrial Property Advisory Committee to the Minister for Science
  • Member: Trade Negotiations Advisory Committee to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade during the Uruguay Round.
  • Member: Trade Policy Advisory Council to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade and of its APEC Committee
  • President: AIPPI Australian Group
  • President: Institute of Patent Attorneys Australia
  • President: International Association for the Protection of Industrial Property
  • President: LES Australia/New Zealand
  • President: Licensing Executives Society International
  • Senior Fellow in Law, University of Melbourne


  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons.), University of Melbourne
  • Diploma of Mechanical Engineering, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
  • Registered Patent Attorney
  • Registered Australian Legal Practitioner
  • Trained mediator accredited to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) the International Trademark Association (INTA), the Law Institute of Victoria, the Supreme Court of Victoria, and LEADR

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