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Leonard Hickey

Senior Associate
Fax +61.3.9205.2055
Mr. Hickey has experience advising clients in the areas of IP enforcement and litigation, trademark registration, IP commercialization, marketing law and breach of confidence claims.

In addition to his over eight years of private practice experience, Mr. Hickey has served as internal legal counsel for top-5 global food company Kraft Heinz where he oversaw major IP and marketing law projects and litigation spanning Australia, New Zealand, China and South East Asia.

Mr. Hickey has conducted litigation at trial and appellate levels in the Federal Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Mr. Hickey has particular industry expertise in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and food and beverages industries.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Hickey worked as a lawyer in a number of specialist IP firms and as internal legal counsel for the Kraft Heinz Company based in Melbourne.

Speaking Engagements

Mr. Hickey regularly presents to clients and industry on current legal developments affecting businesses in his areas of practice, including recent court decisions concerning IP and marketing laws.


  • 'sucks to be you? Deadline looms for brand owners to secure “yourbrand.sucks” domain names prior to public release on 1 June 2015', 14 May 2015, Lexology/Watermark
  • 'New website blocking laws released as ISPs prepare for increased role fighting online copyright infringement', 7 April 2015, Lexology/Watermark
  • 'Can your business keep a secret? Protecting confidential information assets when key employees leave', 18 Feb 2015, Lexology/Watermark
  • 'ISPs forced to the frontline in the war against online IP infringement', 31 Oct 2014, Watermark Intellectual Asset Management
  • US golf company faces setback in attempt to reclaim trade mark from Australian rival, 22 August 2014, Lexology/Watermark
  • End of the road: BP runs out of fuel in long-running attempt to register green as trademark', 23 July 2014, Intellectual Asset Management


Trade marks
  • Currently acting for a client, in the hotel and music sector, in a Federal Court of Australia proceeding in relation to a trade mark infringement of its business name.
  • Acted for an Australian brewery in relation to a trade mark infringement matter for one of its beer products.
  • Acting for a client in respect of design and trade mark protection strategies, IP portfolio management and acting in the Supreme Court of Australia proceeding against its former distributor in the UK.