Andrew Goatcher
Dispute Resolution
Agribusiness, Medical Devices, Resources

I have over 30 years experience advising and acting in complex commercial litigation, including intellectual property matters. For the past 25 years, I have advised a diverse range of clients in a wide variety of disputes, almost all of which have involved IP rights.

Disputes in which I have advised and acted have included patents, registered designs, trade marks and copyright issues, and disputes involving allegations of misleading and deceptive conduct in breach of the Australian Consumer Law. Often a dispute will involve several of those areas.  In addition to matters involving registered or ‘pure’ intellectual property rights, I also have significant experience in general contractual disputes and have advised and acted for clients in matters involving allegations of breach of confidence and the misuse of trade secrets/confidential information.

My clients include small local operators through to large multinational corporations and they operate in a diverse range of fields and industries ranging from agriculture, mining and resources, heavy transport and automotive manufacturing,  construction, precision engineering, medical devices, electrical and electronic componentry through to retail, food and confectionary, clothing and fashion, furniture design and manufacture and the fine arts.

My aim in advising and acting in relation to these disputes is to enable those clients to maximise the value of their intellectual property while, at the same time, helping them to avoid unfair or unreasonable demands and constraints that third parties may seek to impose on their operations.

Educational Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons) – Melbourne University
  • Grad Dip (IP) – Melbourne University

Admitted to Practice

  • High Court of Australia
  • Federal Court of Australia
  • Supreme Court of Victoria
  • Supreme Court of Western Australia

Professional Affiliations

  • Past President – Intellectual Property Association of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ)
  • Past Chair – Victorian Committee of IPSANZ
  • Member – IPSANZ
  • Member – Law Institute of Victoria