Areas of Expertise

Intellectual Property, Technology, Competition & Consumer Law, Franchising, Advertising, Marketing & Media

Josh is an intellectual property and competition law specialist.

Josh's practice encompasses all aspects of the creation, acquisition, commercialisation, management, protection, and enforcement of intellectual property rights. He is widely recognised for his expertise in intellectual property commercialisation, including negotiation and implementation of complex multi-jurisdictional licensing arrangements. He also acts for clients in litigation to enforce intellectual property rights, including patents, designs, trademarks, copyright and confidential information, and in actions relating to allegations of passing off and misleading and deceptive conduct.

Josh's competition practice has a commercial focus. His areas of expertise include competition and regulatory issues affecting mergers, regulated infrastructure and commercial supply arrangements. Clients seek Josh's advice on dealings with the ACCC and other regulators, and he regularly conducts competition compliance training and presents seminars on competition and consumer law issues.A significant aspect of Josh's practice is representing franchisors in connection with the establishment and development of franchised businesses, and related intellectual property and competition law issues.

Josh has been Deputy Chair of the Law Council of Australia's Competition and Consumer Committee since 2011.

What others say

"Preeminent Lawyer, Intellectual Property, South Australia"
Doyle's Guide 2015 – 2016, 2020 – 2023
"Preeminent Lawyer, Technology, Media & Telecommunications, South Australia"
Doyle's Guide 2017, 2020 – 2023
"Lawyer of the Year – South Australia, Intellectual Property"
Best Lawyers Peer Review 2014, 2015, 2017, & 2020
Recommended, Intellectual Property
Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2024


Intellectual property and technology protection

Advising commercial, government, and university clients regarding intellectual property and technology protection and commercialisation, including establishment and unwinding of R&D and collaborate research arrangements, establishment of joint ventures, cross border licensing arrangements, technology procurement, supply manufacture and distribution arrangements, and the sale or disposal of a range of intellectual property assets.

Intellectual property assets

Acting for commercial clients across a range of industries in disputes to enforce intellectual property assets (or defend allegations of infringement), including acting in litigation in the High Court, Federal Court, and state Supreme Courts to enforce rights in trade marks, patents, copyrights, designs, and trade secrets (confidential information).

Market Reform and Privatisation of Government Assets

Acting for government clients in relation to market reform and privatisation of government assets, the establishment of a medical research institute, the outsourcing of government services, the commercialisation of government-owned intellectual property assets, the procurement of technology systems and litigation of intellectual property disputes.

Major franchised and distribution networks

Advising major franchised and distribution networks regarding strategic and legal issues, including compliance with the Franchising Code of Conduct and Australian Consumer Law, national and international joint venture and licensing arrangements and competition issues.