Patent and Trade Marks Attorney, Lawyer

Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick Lawyers

Chris has extensive experience in conducting litigation for local and international clients, and has conducted cases concerning the validity and enforcement of patents, trade marks and designs, as well as the obtainment of rights in appeals from the Australian Intellectual Property Office.

Chris had the carriage of Lockwood Security Products Pty Ltd v Doric Products Pty Ltd, which went on appeal to the High Court of Australia.

Chris was admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria as a barrister and solicitor in 1991. He joined the firm in 1992, became a Principal in 1999, and is a member of Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick’s Management Committee. Chris is also a Principal of Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick Lawyers.

Chris has conducted matters in the Victorian Supreme Court, the Federal and Full Federal Court of Australia and the High Court of Australia.

Chris has been recognised as a leading practitioner in both IAM Patent 1000 2020 and WTR 1000 2020 as well as Best Partner of the Year – Australia in the 2022 Global 1000, and as a leading lawyer in Best Lawyers in Australia (Intellectual property) 2023. 


Registered Australian and New Zealand Patent Attorney, 1994
Registered Australian Trade Marks Attorney, 1994
Admitted to Legal Practice, 1991
Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Laws, University of Melbourne, 1989


The Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (Fellow)
Law Institute of Victoria
The Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc.
Federation International des Conseils en Propriete Industrielle
American Intellectual Property Law Association

Service locations

Melbourne, Sydney, Regional NSW

Service areas

Legal Services


Enforcement and Dispute Resolution
Plants and Agriculture


Patent litigation
Trade marks