Robynne has acted in various complex intellectual property cases, including the 2006 landmark case of Bavaria N V v Bayerischer Brauerbund eV (Federal Court Proceedings No. NSD 1395); these proceedings were the first judicial consideration of those sections of the Australian Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cth) relevant to geographical indications. She also acted in Expo-Net Danmark A/S v Buono-Net Australia Pty Ltd & Ors (Federal Court Proceedings No. NSD 428 of 2009). A decision in this case provided a judicial determination on the Australian requirements for a patent to contain the 'best method of performing the invention'.

Patent Litigation - Engineering, Building and Construction

  • Acting for multinational and national clients in patent, design and confidential information cases including Bostik Australia Pty Ltd (cementitious tile adhesives), EXPO-NET Danmark A/S (polymer elements used in industrial waste water treatment), Interflow Pty Ltd (method of lining junctions in sewer lines) Austworld Commodities Pty Ltd (gas and water valves).
  • Advising clients on enforcement strategies for IP rights directed to manufacture of industrial walkways, manufacture and installation of cladding used in large construction, methods of rehabilitating concrete structures, coatings and adhesives used in construction and industry and manufacture of biodegradable polymer products for commercial use.
  • Acting for two Australian manufacturers of safety equipment in separate proceedings for patent infringement, where the Australian Standards had been amended to specify the patented product/system.

Patents and Patent Litigation - Chemistry and Biotechnology

  • Acting for BASF SE and Novamont SpA in Federal Court proceedings alleging infringement of patents directed to biodegradable polymers by multiple infringers; these proceedings formed part of global litigation against the infringers and their suppliers.
  • Advising on strategies for addressing infringement of patents for insecticides for seasonal use by multiple infringers.
  • Representing pharmaceutical companies and research institutes in proceedings challenging the validity of patents and patent families relating to xenotransplantation applicable to organ transplantation, Type 1 diabetes, high cholesterol and medical device companies in proceedings for infringement of innovation patents for single use forceps and patents for spinal implants.

Trade Marks, Consumer Protection and Copyright

  • Advising two of Australia's largest companies in the building products sector to prevent a competitor from obtaining monopoly rights in terms used to describe products, which would otherwise have severely restricted their ability to market their core product.
  • Developing a branding strategy for a market leading company in the construction and industrial products sector to strengthen brand awareness and penetration amongst both wholesale customers and end users, improve enforceability of IP rights and formalise strategies for dealing with infringing conduct.
  • Developing and executing a strategy to prevent significant and long term counterfeiting of its products in Australia, at both retail and wholesale level.