Stephen is a leading authority in the intellectual property field and acts for a wide range of clients including pharmaceutical companies, luxury goods manufacturers, clothing, footwear and textile producers, telecommunication and electronic companies.
His practice includes significant patent litigation and he has been involved in some of the longest-running patent litigation globally. Stephen also regularly acts for many of the world’s most prestigious brands, including Hermès, Cartier, Gucci, Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, Veuve Clicquot and Krug in trade mark disputes.
Stephen is well-known for his anti-counterfeiting work for dozens of global companies such as Ferrari, Caterpillar, the various brands listed above, Lacoste, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike, Hugo Boss, Kate Spade, Christian Louboutin and Acushnet amongst many others.
He is also well-known for his significant geographical indication and wine law practice, and in 2006 was appointed a Chevalier in the Ordre du Mérite Agricole by the French Government in recognition of his services to the French wine sector. He is entrusted by various French Government organisations with the management of their litigation in the Asia-Pacific region, which work commonly involves the protection of wine and spirit geographical indications (such as Champagne and Cognac)."
Listed as a ‘leading lawyer’ in virtually every notable legal guide and directory, Stephen is recognised as one of Australia’s foremost trade mark lawyers by his clients and the industry. By way of example, he is also recognised as one of only thirty four Global Elite Thought Leaders for IP Trademarks by Who’s Who Legal.
Stephen is a member of the IP Committee of the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, and chairs its Geographical Indication sub-committee. He is a member of multiple international organisations including the International Trademarks Association (and is the Deputy Chair of its Brand Restrictions Committee) and is the former International President and a current Vice-President of the Association Internationale des Juristes du Droit de la Vigne et du Vin (the AIDV). He is an Annual Lecturer at Reims University and at Bordeaux University.