Panelist Profile


Philip Kerr

Allens, Senior Patent/Trade Mark Counsel (AU)


Philip is recognised as one of the world's leading intellectual property lawyers. His strong litigation skills make him first choice for clients seeking advice in patent, copyright, trade mark and design disputes.

He has high-level knowledge of patent law, quickly grasps complex technological and scientific issues, and frequently acts in the Australian proceedings of international patent disputes.

Philip is acting in patent disputes for Nichia Corporation (the world's largest supplier of LEDs), Vodafone Hutchison Australia and The Purdue Pharma Group (Purdue Pharma, Mundipharma and Euro-Celtique).

Philip acts for Sony in a wide variety of trade mark work, including protection, monitoring misuse and unauthorised use of trade marks.

The PepsiCo group (Pepsi and Smith's Snackfoods) seek Philip's advice on their Australian intellectual property issues.

Philip was a partner of the firm from 1981 to 2014. Philip's expertise means he is frequently called upon to contribute to policy discussions. He was the Law Council of Australia's representative on the drafting committee that prepared the current Australian Patents Act. He is a member of the Law Council of Australia – Intellectual Property Committee.

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017 ranks Philip as a top tier intellectual property lawyer, describes him as a 'market leader' and notes that he 'brings a wealth of experience to litigation in patent, copyright, trade mark and design disputes'.