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Stephen Worthley

Senior Associate
Fax +61.3.9205.2055
Mr. Worthley is a Senior Associate in the firm's Melbourne office. Stephen has extensive experience in a wide range of technologies, including filing and prosecution of patent and trade mark applications in Australia and internationally, as well as contentious matters before IP Australia and in the Federal Court.

Stephen's has worked across a number of technical industries including telecommunications, signal processing, mining and heavy machinery, e-commerce and business methods, building hardware, medical devices and bioinformatics.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Stephen was an engineer before becoming a patent attorney and a lawyer, where he practiced at a number of leading Australian law firms. With over 15 years' experience in IP law as a lawyer and patent and trademarks attorney, Stephen's background allows him to assist clients in ICT, life sciences and mechanical fields.

Intellectual Property

  • Conducting freedom-to-operate searches, novelty searches and advising on filing strategy for patents, trademarks and designs.
  • Preparing and filing patent applications for inventions in a wide range of technologies.
  • Drafted a patent specification for a child car seat that was ultimately successfully enforced in the Federal Court.

Commercial IP Matters

  • Preparing and advising on licenses and assignments of patents, trade marks and designs.
  • Acted for a environmental advisory organization regarding intellectual property matters relating to its carbon sequestration program, including negotiating a patent license, and advising in relation to trade mark protection.

Patent Disputes

  • Acted for a major Australian telecommunications company in successfully defending Australia's first "patent troll" litigation in the Federal Court.
  • Acted for a major manufacturer and developer of mining equipment, in successfully defending numerous patents against validity challenges in the Australian Patent Office and in the Federal Court.
  • Acted for a manufacturer of window hardware in enforcing its patent rights in the Federal Court, obtaining the first award for additional damages for flagrant patent infringement in Australia, as well as a personal finding of liability against the director of the infringing company.