18 June 19 - Media Release
National law firm Holding Redlich is pleased to announce the appointment of a new partner to its Technology, Media & Communications practice.
Based in Sydney, Blair Beven joins the firm’s Corporate & Commercial group practising in Technology, Media & Communications. Blair has a particular emphasis on intellectual property including trade marks and brand protection.
Blair’s appointment follows that of another partner to the Technology, Media & Communications team this month: Lisa Fitzgerald, who is based in Melbourne.
Blair’s qualifications include a Masters of Law with Honours in Intellectual Property and International Law from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He has practised in Sydney since 2006.
Blair said he was very happy to be joining the partnership at Holding Redlich.
“I have been impressed by the firm’s dedication, resolve and commitment to its clients and its deep culture of respect and collaboration,” Blair said.
Blair said that Australia is a significant market for intellectual property protection and related litigation.
“In the last year alone, IP Australia has seen a demonstrable increase in the number of trade mark applications being filed with a four per cent increase to 79,000 trade marks filed. Australia remains a significant market for IP protection and IP related litigation, creating a competitive edge for Australian businesses and broader economic growth.”
He said that all companies are impacted by intellectual property issues.
“Every company has some kind of intellectual property whether it’s a trade mark, patentable invention, copyright, or design. Intellectual property protection strategies and continuing innovation methods are always a top concern for CEOs and directors alike.
“Having a strong intellectual property-focused culture fosters new ideas and innovation. I enjoy turning ideas into assets for companies and individuals and I take immense pride in knowing that I have protected some of the world’s most iconic brands. I look forward to continuing this at Holding Redlich.”
National Managing Partner Ian Robertson – also a partner in the Technology, Media & Communications group - welcomed Blair to the firm, saying his intellectual property expertise will greatly enhance the skills of the national team.
“Blair’s skills and experience will significantly strengthen our national trade marks practice in particular, including our ability to undertake major trade mark-related litigation,” Ian said.
“We welcome Blair to our firm. With his and Lisa Fitzgerald’s appointments this month we have added valuable depth to our national Technology, Media & Communications practice.”