David Smith

Partner. Melbourne.

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David possesses the keen commercial judgement to navigate his clients through the complex terrain of intellectual property.

His expertise in the exploitation and management of valuable intellectual property has benefitted well known clients such as Kraft, ANZ, Foster’s, Mazda and BlackBerry.

David’s notable ability to balance business goals against legal risks has earned his clients’ trust and ensures they always receive advice that is legally sound and of strategic advantage for their business.

David possesses the keen commercial judgement to navigate his clients through the complex terrain of intellectual property.

His expertise in the exploitation and management of valuable intellectual property has benefitted well known clients such as Kraft, ANZ, Foster’s, Mazda and BlackBerry.

David’s notable ability to balance business goals against legal risks has earned his clients’ trust and ensures they always receive advice that is legally sound and of strategic advantage for their business.

“Best Lawyer - Intellectual Property” Best Lawyers Peer Review
David Smith

David's Expertise

  • Foster’s Australia Limited adviser Adviser to Foster’s Australia over many years on branding, advertising, spam, privacy and food labelling issues.
  • Ownership and exploitation of IP adviser Adviser to clients such as CSIRO, Baker IDI, BP, Kraft and the University of Melbourne on ownership and exploitation of IP.
  • IT and telecommunications procurements Negotiated major IT and telecommunications procurements for ANZ, Cadbury, Melbourne Airport, Extend Technologies, DST and Yarra Valley Water.
  • Adviser to high-profile media clients Provided IP, IT and commercial advice for media clients including Fairfax Radio, The Herald and Weekly Times, Southern Cross Media and DMG.
  • Competitions and promotions adviser to well-known brands and agencies Advised on competitions and promotions for brands including Foster’s, Mazda, Research in Motion (BlackBerry); and for agencies such as Clemenger, Publicis Mojo, Apollo and DDB Rapp Collins.

What others say

  • “Best Lawyer - Intellectual Property” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2014
  • “Leading Lawyer - TMT (VIC)” Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession, 2013
  • “Recommended Lawyer - Intellectual Property (VIC)” Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession, 2010 & 2011

David's Thinking

David's Leadership

  • Licensing Executives Society Member
  • Australian Information Industry Association Member
  • Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand Member
  • BioMelbourne Network Member