Wrays selected as a finalist in the AFR Client Choice Awards

Wrays is thrilled to announce that we have been chosen as a finalist for ‘IP specialist firm’ in the 2018 Australian Financial Review Client Choice Awards. Based on independent research conducted by Beaton Consulting , the annual awards celebrate client service excellence in the legal profession and recognise leading firms and in-house teams on their achievements over the last 12 …

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Wrays appoints Dr Linda Kennaugh and Craig Humphris to its board of directors

Appointments reflect growing diversity and national strength of firm PERTH, AUSTRALIA – 4 December 2017 – Wrays Pty Ltd, one of Australia’s largest independent intellectual property firms, today announced that it has appointed Dr Linda Kennaugh and Craig Humphris to its board of directors. Dr Kennaugh is a Principal in Wrays’ Perth office, and is the first female to join …

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Wrays’ Principal Jennifer McEwan featured on The Project

US-based footwear and clothing giant, Deckers Outdoor Corporation, continue legal proceedings in a US court against Sydney-based company, Australian Leather Pty Ltd, for using the word “ugg” to describe its sheepskin boots being sold in overseas markets. This is the latest in a series of disputes relating to use of the word “ugg” by Australian manufacturers of sheepskin boots. Locally, …

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Wrays becomes an Australian Made Campaign Partner

National specialist IP firm Wrays has partnered with the Australian Made Campaign to provide legal support to the campaign and help local producers protect their brands. The Australian Made Campaign is the not-for-profit organisation that administers and promotes the Australian Made, Australian Grown certification trade mark. Thousands of Australian businesses are registered to use the symbol on products sold in …

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Listed law firms struggle to compete on client service – Wrays’ CEO Robert Pierce speaks with Lawyers Weekly

The CEO of private intellectual property firm Wrays has said law firms may risk losing their connection to their clients by listing on the stock exchange. The debate over publicly listed law firms has been fuelled over the last few years by Slater and Gordon’s fall from grace, as well as Shine Corporate’s share price drop and the listings of IP …

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Iconic Bondi Beach at the centre of an international trade mark dispute

Wrays’ Principal and Chair of the trademarks committee for Australia’s Institute of Patent and Trademark Attorneys, Jennifer McEwan shared her insights with ABC journalist, Jano Gibson into what constitutes an iconic trade mark in different countries. Bondi Beach is at the centre of an international trade mark dispute between Sydney cosmetics company, Bondi Wash and multinational fashion giant, Abercrombie & …

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Congratulations to this year’s rising stars

We’re excited to announce a number of promotions across Wrays. Congratulations to Bindhu Holavanahalli, Donna Meredith, Ryan Boe and Adrian Huber. Wrays’ CEO Robert Pierce said, “This year, it is with great pleasure that I can tell you we have four more rising stars who have met our high standards for promotion. Effective as of 1 July, these promotions reflect our commitment …

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The canned wine conspiracy – Wrays’ Principal Jennifer McEwan speaks with Today Tonight

Wrays’ Principal Jennifer McEwan shared her insights into how to protect brands when going offshore when she spoke with Today Tonight about the case of Barokes’ wine-in-a-can technology. Greg Stokes and Steve Barics of Barokes invented and patented the Vinsafe wine packaging system which enables wine-in-a-can to be successfully produced. Barokes sells wine-in-a-can directly in Australia through Dan Murphy’s but …

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Flow Hive inventor stung by Chinese ‘copycat’ – Wrays’ Principal Andrew Butler shares his insights

Local and international copycats are a constant challenge for brand owners. Last week Wrays’ Principal Andrew Butler had the pleasure of speaking with Nina Hendy on some of the measures that can be used to protect your IP in Australia and abroad. This week Wrays’ Chairman, Gary Cox, sat down with Nina Hendy from The Age to share his insights …

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Wrays appoints Robert Pierce as Chief Executive Officer

Hires Tony Wightman to be operations manager Wrays, one of Australia’s largest independent intellectual property firms, today announced that it has appointed current chief financial officer Robert Pierce to be the firm’s new Chief Executive Officer, effective 1 July. Mr Pierce will continue to be based in Wrays’ Perth office. Mr Pierce will work with current CEO Frank Hurley, who …

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