Alex Dunlop

Special Counsel



Alex has particular expertise in complex patent litigation and other contentious intellectual property disputes, and has acted for clients in a range of industries to protect and enforce their IP rights for over a decade.

A registered patent attorney in Australia and New Zealand, Alex has qualifications in physics and mathematics, and regularly provides advice on patent validity and infringement. He also has significant experience managing and enforcing international trade mark portfolios for clients in industries including FMCG, retail, liquor and gambling.

Alex is a member of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand, and a member of the Professional Consultative Board at La Trobe University’s School of Law.

Key deals

Treatment of mining waste

Acted for SNF Australia in a complex, multi-jurisdictional patent dispute involving the use of chemicals to treat mining waste. The Australian aspect of the dispute took more than ten years, and involved multiple proceedings in the Australian Patents Office, Federal Court and Full Federal Court.

Misleading and deceptive conduct

Successfully acted for the builder of a residential development project at first instance and on appeal. The development was run by a consortium, and the builder successfully established that other members of the consortium engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct and unconscionable conduct.

Coupling apparatus for earth moving machinery

Acting in a patent infringement dispute for the inventor of a coupling apparatus used in earth moving machinery.

Seafolly v Leah Madden

Successfully acted for Seafolly, a well-known swimwear brand, in proceedings involving claims of misleading and deceptive conduct, copyright infringement and the tort of injurious falsehood. The proceeding concerned posts made by Ms Madden on Facebook alleging that Seafolly had copied various of her swimwear designs.