John Hannebery

John Hannebery

Lawyer | Director | Principal
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John’s principal area of practice is intellectual property litigation. He also regularly provides advice in relation to all aspects of intellectual property rights and their enforcement. John is recognised as one of Australia’s leading intellectual property lawyers. John joined the firm in 1994, becoming a partner in 2005.

He has more than 20 years extensive experience in the conduct of a variety of types of litigation involving intellectual property matters. In his practice he regularly acts in patent, copyright, design, trade mark and trade practices litigation in the Federal jurisdictions and he has considerable experience in major international patent litigation. He has a particular interest in pharmaceutical, chemical and biotechnology patent matters due to his science background. John acts on behalf of a range of clients which include small local businesses, government organisations and large multi-national corporations involved in all areas of technology and creative endeavour including sporting equipment, high end fashion, safety, pharmaceuticals, plastics, chemicals, building and construction and electronic consumer goods.


  • Managing Intellectual Property ‘IP Stars’: Ranked highly as an Australian ‘IP Star’, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018
  • ​World Trademark Review 1000: Leading individual for trade mark enforcement and litigation 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018
  • Asia Pacific Legal 500: Highly recommended in IP, 2015
  • Asialaw Leading Lawyers: Leading lawyer for Intellectual Property, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018
  • Asia IP Experts: Leading lawyer for IP Enforcement and Litigation, 2013; Leading Lawyer for Pharma & Biotech, Enforcement, Copyright, Patents, 2014; Leading Lawyer for Litigation, Enforcement, Copyright, Patents, Trade Marks, Pharma & Biotech, 2015, 2016 & 2017
  • Doyle’s Guide: Leading Victorian IP lawyer, 2012; Leading Victorian Trade Mark Lawyer, 2015​; Leading Victorian Trade Mark Lawyer, Patent Litigation Lawyer, Copyright Lawyer, 2017
  • Managing Intellectual Property World Survey and Global Awards: Leading individual for Patents, Trade Marks and Copyright, 2014
  • Benchmark Asia-Pacific Litigation Guide: Listed as a local disputes star in Australia, 2013 & 2014
  • Expert Guides – Trade Mark Lawyers: Nominated as being among the World’s Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners, 2018


  • Member: Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia
  • Member: Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • Member: International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property
  • Member: Law Council of Australia
  • Member: Law Institute of Victoria
  • Member: Licensing Executives Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • Member: American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association


  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Science (Pharmacology and Organic Chemistry), University of Melbourne
  • Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and of the High Court of Australia
  • Graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law, University of Melbourne
  • Registered Trade Marks Attorney (Australia)

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