An award winning firm

In recognition of our work, we continue to be awarded, ranked and positively endorsed by independent research organisations.

Below are a few examples of the recognition that our commitment to client service and to the industry overall has delivered in recent times:

“Always demonstrating a great understanding of client needs and expectations, Wrays prides itself on superb service and independence. Needless to say, its potent patent group has all disciplines on lock. An illustrious list of industry leaders, among them BlueScope Steel, Eli Lilly, Takeda, Lion, Xero and Jurlique, have entrusted the set with their vast IP portfolios. Running the show is chairman Gary Cox. Starting his IP career as an examiner of patents with IP Australia in 1990, he traverses the contentious/non-contentious divide with ease and benefits from his scientific background in biochemistry. On the disputes front, he is ably supported by Natalie Shoolman. Previously at Clayton Utz, she excels at dispensing highly strategic and business-critical advice to the world’s leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, helping to steer them through multi-jurisdictional patent litigation. A chemist by trade, Todd Shand focuses his prosecution offering on both small molecule pharmaceuticals and hydrometallurgy. Also active in the life sciences field, Grant Shoebridge is a highly sought-after patent attorney with specialist expertise in immunology; whereas biochemistry PhD holder Linda Kennaugh dazzles with her knowledge of antibody technologies.

IAM Patent 1000 (2024)

“Well-established in the pharmaceutical industry, Wrays Lawyers is active in work at the intersection of intellectual property and competition law. Gary Cox in Perth is experienced in intellectual property litigation, while Jennifer McEwan in Melbourne leads the firm’s trade mark practice. Based in Sydney, Judith Miller is focused on the research and development sector and advises clients on the exploitation, management and protection of their rights in old and new media.”

  • ‘They are experts in the field.’

  • ‘Knowledgeable and thorough.’

  • ‘They have long and strong client relationships and know their matters back to front.’

The Legal 500 (2024)

“Wrays shares our growth mindset. The firm helps us with areas where we can improve, and listens to us when we suggest areas where they can improve. One example is the client portal Wrays is onboarding to provide us with instant access to up-to-date information about our trademark portfolio. This is very helpful for internal reporting purposes.”

“We appreciate the friendly professionalism and expertise in thinking on patentability as well as future commercialisation requirements.”

IP Stars (2023)

“A respected presence on the market for over a century, Wrays remains one of the largest privately owned IP specialists in the country. One of the key differentiators of the group is its integrated patent and dispute resolution service, which allows its discerning clients to enjoy a top-notch, one-stop IP experience. The acclaimed practice is led by chairman Gary Cox, who draws judiciously on his previous experience as a patent examiner and comfortably traverses the contentious/non-contentious IP divide. Further technical dexterity is supplied in abundance by Todd ShandPeter Caporn and Linda Kennaugh. A chemist by trade, Shand focuses his prosecution offering on both small molecule pharmaceuticals and hydrometallurgy. Also operating in the chemistry space, Caporn focuses on mineral processing and chemical engineering technologies, serving happy patrons both domestically and abroad. Meanwhile, biochemistry PhD holder Kennaugh dazzles onlookers with her knowledge of antibody technologies. Joining Wrays in 2022 from Pearce IP, Grant Shoebridge is a highly sought-after patent attorney with specialist expertise in immunology. Joining the team in August 2022 is former Clayton Utz practitioner Natalie Shoolman, who thrives when taking the lead on key patent cases.

IAM Patent 1000 (2023)

“Perth-headquartered Wrays prides itself on being one of the largest and oldest independent IP specialists in Australia. Its nimbleness, flexibility and competitive pricing enable the team to better suit businesses’ individual needs, to which one patron testifies as follows: “Wrays understands our brand, distribution strategy, roadmap and budget; and subsequently tailored our trademark strategy accordingly.” Leading the line is national practice head Jennifer McEwan, whose experience and expertise in the field of trademarks greatly impresses service users. She plays a crucial role in developing brand protection strategies for growing businesses and private companies. Another name to be kept on speed dial is principal Marie Wong, whose versatility allows her to work on both contentious and non-contentious matters with aplomb.”

World Trade Mark Review 1000 (2023)

Wrays enjoyed yet another wonderful year in 2021: it has remained firmly in the ascendant and witnessed one of the biggest upticks of instructions coming through, despite the trials of the pandemic. Recently celebrating its centennial anniversary, it has had a stellar track record of attracting and retaining the best and the brightest patent attorneys from the profession. Within the past 18 months it has recruited three senior principals from its competitors. Wrays particularly prides itself on its complete independence, client-oriented service, technical supremacy and commercial savviness, as attested by one of its patrons: “They always have detailed knowledge of the matters in which they are involved and a firm grasp of both the technology and the legal and strategic aspects of those matters on behalf of their clients.”

IAM Patent 1000 (2022)

“Being one of the largest and oldest independent IP specialist firms in Australia, Wrays operates across four cities in the country and combines its patent attorney and trademark attorney practices to offer a holistic commercial and litigation IP offering. Its’ truly flexible and cost-mindful approach to intellectual property enables the team to better suit business’ individual needs without breaking the bank, which has been nicely summarised by one patron as “very adaptable, customisable and reasonably priced”. “Wrays’ knowledge of intellectual property, and personal delivery of service, is what makes it unique from my perspective.” “Wrays provides an excellent service, keeping us up to date with the registration process and responding to queries in a timely manner.”

World Trade Mark Review 1000 (2022)

“After growing its IP practice for a century, independent IP firm Wrays has become one of the largest of its kind in Australia. Clients rely on the team “for honest and open dialogues, as well as timely action upon instruction”. 

World Trademark Review 1000 (2021)