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Sean McManis

Trade Mark Attorney

Sydney, Australia

Areas of Expertise/Sector

Trade MarksDomain NamesIP & Commercial Dispute Resolution & LitigationTrade Mark Oppositions, Removal & Cancellation ActionsTrade Mark Clearance SearchingTrade Mark Infringement & EnforcementTrade Mark Filing, Prosecution & RegistrationAustralian Border ForceBusiness NamesPacific Island Trade MarksTrade Mark Portfolio Management, Maintenance & RenewalsIP StrategyArts, Media & FashionConsumer Goods

Sean joined Davies Collison Cave's Sydney Trade Marks team in 2022. Before joining DCC, for around 20 years, Sean was the Head of Trade Marks at another long-established firm of patent and trade mark attorneys. He has worked as a trade marks practitioner, in both Australia and the UK, for over 30 years.

Sean’s practice encompasses all aspects of trade marks law.

He has extensive experience in handling trade mark oppositions and disputes, as well as trade mark clearance searches and overcoming objections to registration.

Sean has worked with a wide range of multi-national businesses, assisting them with disputes, providing strategic advice for managing and protecting brand portfolios, and handling their prosecution work. He has also assisted many smaller businesses.

WTR 1000, 2020 recognised Sean as “a prodigious brand strategist and a dab hand at oppositions and IP disputes”.

Sean is skilled in all aspects of trade marks work and is highly respected by his clients and peers.


Registered Trade Mark Attorney

Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales

Bachelor of Science (Chemistry), Macquarie University

Bachelor of Laws, Macquarie University


WTR 1000: Ranked under Prosecution and Strategy, 2020 - 2022

IP Stars: Trade Mark Star, 2015 - 2021

Client Choice Awards Finalist: Best IP Specialist, 2020


Law Society of New South Wales

Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys

Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand

Australian Domain Administration