12 February 2018
Reporter: Barney Dixon

Trio of Australian firms combine

Australian intellectual property law firms Fisher Adams Kelly Callinans, Cullens and Spruson & Ferguson will merge under the Spruson & Ferguson brand as of April 2018.

The merged entity will cover all aspects of IP law, including patents, trademarks and designs.

It will employ a team of more than 400 staff, including 152 IP professionals across its 10 offices in Bangkok, Beijing, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne, Shanghai, Singapore and Sydney.

All three firms are members of IP services group IPH Limited.

Andrew Blattman, Managing Director and CEO of IPH Limited, commented: “This announcement today reinforces our market-leading approach and commitment to ensuring our group businesses have the capability, resources and systems to deliver the highest quality service to clients and provide strong career paths for our people.”

He added: “Through this merger, we expect significant benefits will flow to the business, its clients and people, with synergies in operations, access to an even greater talent base and integration with Spruson & Ferguson’s Asia-Pacific service offering.”

Tracey Berger, managing director Sydney/Melbourne at Spruson & Ferguson, said: “We are delighted to join with Fisher Adams Kelly Callinans and Cullens to provide an even greater pool of IP talent to our local and international clients.”

“Our combined firm will draw on the strengths of all three businesses to provide our clients with an enhanced top-tier IP service across the Asia-Pacific region.”

More news
The latest news from IPPro Patents
Join Our Newsletter

Sign up today and never
miss the latest news or an issue again

Subscribe now
Countries should break IP rules to ensure growth, says report
23 February 2018 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Countries such as India and China should break harmonised intellectual property rules to avoid protectionist measures from the US and EU, according to a new report from Gowling WLG
EPO employment proposal halted
22 February 2018 | Munich | Reporter: Barney Dixon
A proposal to scrap permanent employment contracts at the EPO has been halted and a controversial article within it withdrawn, a source close to the Staff Union of the EPO has confirmed
UPC complaint to be heard in 2018
22 February 2018 | Karlsruhe | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The German Federal Constitutional Court will hear the constitutional complaint against the UPC in 2018
Cabinet Plasseraud promotes four to partner
21 February 2018 | Paris | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Cabinet Plasseraud has appointed for intellectual property attorneys to partner
NPE litigation in Europe sees continued growth
20 February 2018 | Brussels | Reporter: Barney Dixon
NPE litigation and enforcement in Europe has increased by an average almost 20 percent year-on-year since 2007, according to a new report from Darts-IP
BakerHostetler hires IP partner
19 February 2018 | Los Angeles | Reporter: Barney Dixon
BakerHostetler has hired Troy Schmelzer as partner in its intellectual property group
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton promotes four to partner
16 February 2018 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton has promoted four intellectual property attorneys to partner across its Shanghai, San Diego and San Francisco offices