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Glenn is a Partner & Chief Counsel in our Disputes Group. Glenn is one of Melbourne’s most respected legal authorities and is widely recognised within the profession as a leader in his field. Prior to joining Gadens he spent 27 years at the Victorian Bar, the last 10 of which were as Senior Counsel.

Glenn practises in commercial law, principally in intellectual property and shareholder class actions. He has extensive advice, trial and appellate experience in litigation (courts and tribunals) involving patents, trade marks, copyright, designs, confidential information and trade practices, involving all areas of technology including engineering, chemistry, polymers, software, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

Glenn holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in law and is also a nationally accredited mediator and a Fellow of the Australian Institute for Commercial Arbitration. He is regularly highly rated by his peers and clients in industry rankings (including Doyles Guide, World Trademark Review, Best Lawyers, etc) and is regularly called upon to write and present at seminars and conferences.

Key competencies

  • Advocacy of the highest order in courts and tribunals.
  • Drafting pleadings, advices, submissions, affidavits and all court documents.
  • Advice in all aspects of commercial law, intellectual property and class actions.
  • Experience in dealing with patent attorneys and experts.
  • Nationally accredited mediator.

Specific experience

Glenn has advised and/or appeared in some of Australia’s most high profile and complex cases, including:

  • SurfStitch shareholder class action.
  • Quintis shareholder class action.
  • Damorgold v JAI Products 2013-2015 – Full Federal Court. Patent infringement case which is now the leading authority on prior user principles, and illustrates that offering for sale or public showing of prior art before the priority date will only be sufficient to invalidate the patent if the product is fully available for inspection and examination and conveys all the information necessary to understand the invention.
  • Insight SRC IP Holdings Pty Ltd v ACER 2012-2013 – Heard by the Full Federal Court, this case provides important guidance on copyright damages.
  • Elders Rural Service v Registrar of Plant Breeder’s Rights 2011-2012 – Deals with plant breeder’s rights, and addresses the construction of the new Act’s transitional provisions. It was a decision of the Full Federal Court.
  • LED Technologies v Roadvision 2011-2012 – LED sought to protect its commercial position for infringement of its designs before the Full Federal Court of Australia. The case was an important departure from a previous case concerning the same designs and provided guidance on whether or not a registered design is “substantially similar in overall impression to another design” (the test for design infringement and validity).
  • Acohs v Ucorp 2004-2013 – Digital copyright in Material Safety Data Sheets, and went up to the High Court. The outcome of the case provides many principles for navigating digital compilation copyright problems, including implied licences therefor.
  • Commissioner of Taxation v Seven Network Ltd 2015-16 – Full Federal Court appeal concerning tax payable on broadcast copyright royalties for the 2004, 2006 & 2008 Olympic Games.
  • Maggbury v Hafele – confidential information – appealed to the High Court. Outcome: successful.
  • Bridge & Marine Engineering v Austrack – failed engineering project; patent ownership.
  • Desktop Marketing v Telstra – copyright in telephone books. Appealed to High Court.