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Jonathan Feder

Practice Area Leader - Intellectual Property
Fax +61.3.9205.2055
Mr. Feder leads the Australian intellectual property group. He has experience in a broad range of legal areas relating to intellectual property, including registration of trade marks and designs, trade mark and design enforcement, copyright protection and enforcement, trade practices and licensing of intellectual property rights.

Mr. Feder acts for a range of well-known brands and has a particular specialty in protecting and enforcing the intellectual property of many well know and leading Australian and overseas fashion houses. Mr. Feder manages and enforces a range of large trade mark portfolios and he has acted for clients in numerous trade mark opposition matters and non-use actions in Australia and New Zealand.

Mr. Feder has acted for clients in numerous leading intellectual property cases in the Federal Court of Australia including Elwood Clothing v Cotton On Clothing, Seafolly v City Beach, Boutique Homes v Inform Design, Fry Consulting v Sports Warehouse, Deckers v Vaysman, Seafolly v Leah Madden, Review v New Cover Group, Review v Innovative Lifestyle Investments, Caesarstone v Ceramiche Caesar and numerous cases for the G-Star group of companies.

Mr. Feder prides himself on providing clear and strategic legal advice and achieving commercial outcomes for his clients.

Professional Background

Mr. Feder completed his articles at a large national Australian law firm in 2003. He has also produced many successful musicals in Australia, Broadway - New York, West End - London and in Toronto, Canada. Mr. Feder sits on the boards of the Melbourne Theatre Company and Opera Australia.


  • Listed in Who's Who Legal: Australia, 2019 – Trademarks
  • Listed in Doyle's Guide Leading Contentious Intellectual Property Lawyers, Recommended (2018)
  • Listed in Doyle's Guide Leading Technology, Media & Telecommunications Lawyers, Recommended (2018)
  • Listed Lawyer, Intellectual Property Law, Best Lawyers (Australia), (2019, 2018, 2017)
  • Recommended Leading Victorian Trademark Lawyer, Doyle's Guide (2017, 2016)
  • Recommended Victorian Copyright & Soft IP Lawyer, Doyle's Guide (2017)
  • Leading Victorian Copyright & Soft IP Lawyer, Doyle's Guide (2016)

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Melbourne Theatre Company board member since 2010
  • Opera Australia board member since 2017
  • Member of the advisory board to the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music (Melbourne University) since 2017
  • Marques member
  • IPSANZ member
  • Law Institute of Victoria member
  • Awarded Arts Law Community Award in 2013 in recognition of Mr. Feder's pro bono commitment to the Australian entertainment industry.

Speaking Engagements

Mr. Feder gives numerous presentations on legal issues facing the fashion industry and he has given presentations at various times during the Melbourne Fashion Festival and for the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ).
Copyright and trade marks
  • Running a major copyright and trade mark infringement matter for Deckers Outdoor Corporation against a ring of counterfeiters. This proceeding involved a number of search and seizure orders as well as interlocutory injunctions, freezing orders and a contempt trial in the Federal Court of Australia.
  • Running trade mark opposition proceedings and non-use proceedings both at IP Australia as well as appeals at the Federal Court of Australia.
  • Running copyright infringement, trade mark infringement, trade practices and passing off matters in the Federal Court of Australia for numerous clients including Seafolly, Shane Delia, Factory X, Tokidoki, G-Star, Ladakh, Caesarstone, Electrical Home-Aids and Elwood Clothing.
  • Acting for Caesarstone in appealing two decisions of the Australian Trade Marks Office to the Federal Court of Australia and in defending a trade mark cancellation action.
  • Acting for an Australian health food and beverage company to enforce its intellectual property rights throughout the world which has included advising on a trade mark infringement action in Poland relating to an alleged infringement of one of its beverage trade marks.
  • Advising fashion company Alexander McQueen in relation to filing a trade mark application for MCQUEEN which was opposed by Metropolitan Services Ltd, the owner of the CHRISTINE MCQUEEN trade mark.
  • Acted for Rachael Finch, an Australian health and media personality, defending a trade mark infringement action.
  • Acting for an Australian food container company in respect of design and trade mark protection strategies, IP portfolio management and acting in a Supreme Court proceeding against its former distributor in the UK.
  • Advising Seafolly in copyright infringement proceedings which have been issued in Australia, Canada and France.
  • Acted for Jets Swimwear in a design infringement claim in the Federal Court of Australia.
Anti-counterfeiting and Design protection
  • Operating anti-counterfeiting campaigns and customs programs for G-Star, Deckers Outdoor Corporation, Jellycatand Elwood Jeans.
  • Running major design infringement matters in the Federal Court of Australia for a number of fashion designers.
  • Obtaining search & seizure orders for numerous clients including Jellycat and G-Star.
IP litigation
  • Running trials and appeals in the Federal Court of Australia.