Neil practises in commercial litigation, alternative dispute resolution and risk management. He has specific expertise in trade practices and intellectual property (particularly patent law and copyright law).
Neil recently completed a Master of Laws at Queensland University majoring in Intellectual Property and Trade Practices. His results earned him a place on the Dean’s Honour list for outstanding academic excellence.
Neil is a qualified mediator and regularly presents papers at industry seminars, and assists the Queensland University of Technology in its Legal Practice Course where he is a sessional academic.
Recent experience includes:
- Acted for BetterGrow Pty Ltd, who was alleged to be jointly and severally liable for another party’s alleged breaches of a Settlement Deed and Australian patent. The proceeding turned solely on the interpretation of the Settlement Deed and whether joint and several liability was intended by the parties. At first instance before Justice Rosengren, we successfully obtained Summary Judgement for our client, and the proceeding was dismissed with costs awarded to our client. This decision was upheld by the Queensland Court of Appeal.
- Acted for the applicant, Bitech Engineering in a Full Federal Court decision in the successful enforcement of a patent for electric flame effect heaters. A damages award has recently been handed down in line with an expert damages report prepared by Deloitte’s Perth Office. He has previously successfully enforced an agricultural patent, again after a hearing in the Full Federal Court on behalf of Great Western Corporation Pty Ltd after a 4 week trial in the Brisbane Federal Court.
- Acting for Konami (and Konami Gaming Inc (KGI)) in defending infringement proceedings brought by Aristocrat in relation to 5 patents relating to gaming machines. Liability issues were tried in December 2013 and judgment is now awaited.
- Acting for the exclusive licensee in Australia of the copyright in Cantonese karaoke music videos in an ongoing enforcement campaign across Australia involving over 20 sets of proceedings in the Federal Circuit Court.
- Claims for misleading and deceptive conduct across a broad range of business activity including franchising and real estate.’