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Grace O'Connor

BSc (Genetics and Genomics), LLB (Hons)
Managing Associate

Melbourne, Australia

Areas of Expertise/Sector

IP & Commercial Dispute Resolution & LitigationAgribusiness & Food TechnologyArts, Media & FashionPatentsTrade MarksDesignsCopyrightTrade Secrets & Data ProtectionCommercialisation & LicensingPatent Infringement & EnforcementDesigns Infringement & EnforcementFood & BeverageConsumer Goods

Grace is a lawyer in the litigation group at Davies Collison Cave Law. Grace practices predominantly in patent litigation, but also advises on issues of trade mark, copyright and design infringement.

Grace has assisted in running complex patent litigation in the Federal Court of Australia (and associated appeals to the Full Federal Court) for both Australian and international clients across a broad range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, diagnostic technology, and mining and resources. Grace also has experience in commercial litigation in the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Grace’s experience extends across the spectrum of IP rights, with a particular interest and expertise in advising on trade mark enforcement and brand protection strategies (including devising and implementing brand protection programmes), as well as protection of confidential information.

Grace’s formal studies include a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Genetics and Genomics. In Grace’s final year at university, she completed a law honours thesis examining the considerations, concerns and consequences of patenting genetic material in an internationally fragmented legal environment.


Bachelor of Science (Genetics and Genomics), James Cook University

Bachelor of Laws (Hons), James Cook University

Admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor in the Supreme Court of Victoria and the Federal and High Courts of Australia


Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ)

Law Institute of Victoria (LIV)

Licensing and Executives Society of Australia and New Zealand (LESANZ)