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Chris Round

Chris Round is a global practice group coordinator for the intellectual property (IP) procurement & portfolio management group. He is an IP lawyer with extensive experience in the registration of intellectual property rights and associated litigation. He represents clients in copyright, trade mark, designs and associated trade practices litigation in all Australian Courts.

Chris prosecutes trade mark applications and oppositions before IP Australia, the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) and across the world. He manages the trade mark portfolio of many Australian and international companies and provides strategic advice on the registrability of a diverse range of trade marks in Australia and overseas. In addition, Chris regularly prepares intellectual property due diligence reports.

  • Recognised by Thomas Reuters as a Stand-Out Lawyer, 2024
  • Recognised by World Trademark Review 1000 as a
    • Silver - Individual for Enforcement and Litigation in Australia, 2023-2024
    • Bronze - Individual for Prosecution and Strategy in Australia, 2023-2024
    • Recommended Individual - Enforcement and Litigation, 2020-2024
  • Recommended by Who’s Who Legal: Australia & New Zealand as a lawyer for Australia – IP - Trademarks, 2022-2023
  • Listed by Doyle's Guide as a recommended
    •  Leading Intellectual Property Lawyer in Australia, 2018-2023
    • Leading Contentious Intellectual Property Lawyer in Victoria, 2018-2023
    • Leading Trademark Lawyer in Australia, 2017
    • Leading Non-Contentious Intellectual Property Lawyer in Victoria, 2015-2023
    • Leading Copyright & Soft IP Lawyer in Victoria 2015-2017
    • Leading Trademark Lawyer in Victoria 2015-2017
  • Recognised by Managing IP Stars as a Trade Mark Star – Australia (Notable Practitioner), 2021
  • Recognised as a finalist in the Partner of the Year Awards for Intellectual Property by Lawyers Weekly, 2017
  • International Trademark Association Parallel Importation Committee, Asia Pacific and Africa Co-ordinator
  • International Trademark Association member
  • Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand member
  • Australia and New Zealand Sports Law Association member
  • “Shades of Gray: Current Issues in Parallel Importation Law - A Global Perspective”, International Trademark Association Annual Meeting, Boston, United States, 19 May 2019
  • Copyright and Social Media: Lessons, Traps and Pitfalls, Legalwise Copyright Practical Applications and Commercialisation Seminar 27 November 2018
  • "Protecting your Brand", Dental Practice Owners Conference, Melbourne, 15 June 2017
  • "Raising the Bar - The new Australian experience of trademark oppositions" INTA Table Topic in San Diego, United States, 3 May 2015
  • "Trade Mark Examination and Hearings Practice Tips", Hosted an event for INTA, 30 July 2014 
  • "Intellectual Property Issues in an Online World", Learn With Us, 10 July 2014 
  • "Review of Changes in Opposition Procedures and Trade Mark Disputes", Legalwise Patents and Trademarks Conference, 19 June 2014 
  • "Issues That Arise When Building a Brand for a New Sports Team or League", INTA Table Topic in Dallas, United States, 4 May 2013
  • "Building a Brilliant Brand", IP Australia and Australian Industry Group seminar, 30 May 2012
  • "Introduction to Intellectual Property" to a number of accountants and other business advisors, 14 May 2010
  • "Protecting IP in the New Media Age", Australia and New Zealand Sports Law Annual Conference, 17 October 2008
Additional Thought Leadership Pages

Chris is a leader of the global IP blog 'IP Law Watch' and regularly writes posts to be published on the blog. In addition, he has published the following articles:

  • "Parallel Imports Welcome in Australia", Australian Intellectual Property Law Bulletin, Vol.31, No.8 p149, 2018
  • "Protection for original designs in Australia," Intellectual Property Magazine, November 2015
  • "Changes in Trade Mark Opposition Procedures in Australia Make it a More Attractive Place to Protect Intellectual Property", legal column, with Xianjin Tian, August 2014
  • "Review of Changes in Opposition Procedures After Raising the Bar", Australian Intellectual Property Law Bulletin, Vol.27, No.9 p238, 2014
Additional News & Event Pages
  • Quoted, "'A massive feel-good story': FIFA's IP team on protecting the Women's World Cup 2023", World Intellectual Property Review, August 2023
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