Kate Hay

Partner. Melbourne.

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Kate Hay

Working in IP brings us into contact with iconic brands and brilliant inventions. That is what Kate loves most about her work. Admired for her ability to combine steely determination and grace she is a great litigator and a pleasure to work with.

Kate is a specialist in multi jurisdictional patent and trade mark litigation and has acted in some of Australia’s most high profile cases of recent times, including for Samsung in the long running “Smartphone” litigation and for Pacific Brands in the adidas 3 stripe trade mark litigation.

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Working in IP brings us into contact with iconic brands and brilliant inventions. That is what Kate loves most about her work. Admired for her ability to combine steely determination and grace she is a great litigator and a pleasure to work with.

Kate is a specialist in multi jurisdictional patent and trade mark litigation and has acted in some of Australia’s most high profile cases of recent times, including for Samsung in the long running “Smartphone” litigation and for Pacific Brands in the adidas 3 stripe trade mark litigation.

Kate continues to act for numerous well known clients across a wide variety of industries ranging from pharmaceutical, medical devices, computer technology and software to mining, energy, automotive, fashion and consumer goods.

“Accomplished negotiator and distinguished litigator” World Trade Mark Review
Kate Hay

Kate's Expertise

  • Apple Inc. & Anor v Samsung Electronics Co. Limited & Anor Acted for Samsung in the long running and multi-jurisdictional “Smartphone” litigation which involved allegations of infringement and invalidity of 23 patents and was heard concurrently by two Federal Court judges in a 16 week trial. The matter ultimately settled before judgment was delivered but was unprecedented in scale and procedure.
  • adidas AG and adidas Australia Pty Ltd v Pacific Brands Footwear Pty Ltd Acted in the Federal Court for Pacific Brands in the Australian limb of adidas’ 3 stripe trade mark litigation.
  • Brooks Sports, Inc. v Paul’s International Pty Ltd & Ors Successfully obtained an Anton Piller Order in the Federal Court against Paul’s Warehouse. Ultimate settlement included undertakings given to the Court and Brooks securing the right to inspect all Brooks shoes imported by the Paul’s parties.
  • High profile regulatory litigation Kate has also been involved in some high profile regulatory litigation including the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s prosecution of VIZY; the Australian Tax Office’s Wickenby investigation and the Australian Security and Investment Commission’s prosecution of James Hardie’s directors.

What others say

  • “Tenacious Litigator” World Trademark Review, 2016
  • “Best Lawyer - Intellectual Property Law” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2013-2018
  • “IP Star - Trade Mark and Patent Litigation” Managing Intellectual Property, 2014 & 2015
  • “The ‘fantastic’ Kate Hay is hailed as a ‘superb lawyer and a superb person’, and regularly runs complex multi jurisdictional litigation” World Trade Mark Review, 2015
  • “Accomplished negotiator and distinguished litigator” World Trade Mark Review, 2014
  • “Cuts to the chase while being extremely thorough and is a real pleasure to deal with” World Trade Mark Review, 2013
  • “Rising Star - Intellectual Property” Euromoney Legal Media Group Australasian Women in Business Law Awards, 2013

Kate's Leadership

  • IPSANZ Member
  • AIPPI Member
  • Victorian Women Lawyers Member
  • Law Society of Victoria Member
  • Corrs Chambers Westgarth North America Focus Group Member