Bird & Bird expands its practice in Asia Pacific with the appointment of new partner to spearhead its IP practice in Australia

24 March 2015

Bird & Bird is pleased to announce that it has appointed Jane Owen to head its IP practice in Australia. Jane will be based in Sydney and work closely with IP partner Justin Senescall and Bird & Bird’s regional IP team of 60 plus specialists to grow and develop the practice in Australia and across Asia Pacific.

Jane joins from K&L Gates where she was a partner. She has over 20 years' experience in all aspects of intellectual property, including portfolio establishment, IP strategisation, commercialisation and enforcement. Her main sector focus is within life sciences, health care and education.

A specialist in contentious IP, Jane focuses on patent litigation, particularly  life sciences disputes. Her experience ranges across complex patent infringement/revocation, trade mark and passing off, design infringement, IP ownership disputes and appeals of decisions made by the Commissioner of Patents and the Registrar of Trade Marks.

Jane holds a BA and an LLB with first class honours from the University of Queensland and  an LLM with Merit from the University of London. She is admitted as a Solicitor of the Federal Court, High Court and Supreme Courts of New South Wales and Queensland.

She is joined by associates Troy Gurnett, Shehana Wijesena and Rebecca Currey.

Shane Barber, Managing Partner, Bird & Bird Australia said: "Jane's appointment is the next milestone in the dynamic development of Bird & Bird in Australia and in the broader Asia Pacific region. We are extremely pleased to be able to offer a comprehensive client service in all areas for which Bird & Bird is internationally regarded. Jane is a valuable addition to our team and will be instrumental in further driving our growth in the region. We are very excited to welcome her on-board."

Matthew Laight, Head of IP, Bird & Bird, Asia Pacific said: "I am delighted to welcome Jane as a key member of both our Asia Pacific and international IP practice. This is an exciting time to join us. As a part of our Asia Pacific growth strategy, we are building the leading IP practice in Australia including brand capability, IP litigation, commercial IP, licensing and anti-counterfeiting. Bird & Bird is already recognised for its leading IP practice in Asia, particularly in jurisdictions such as China, Hong Kong and Singapore.  Jane's impressive experience and first-class reputation will enable us to pursue our ambitious plans to establish a top tier IP practice in Australia, which is an important part of our IP and broader practice across the wider Asia Pacific region."

Jane added: "What attracted me to Bird & Bird was its leading position in IP, as well as its strong sector focus and broad international network. I look forward to working with my colleagues across Asia Pacific and globally. I believe I have found a very sound platform to develop my practice further."

Justin Walkey, Chairman, Bird & Bird Asia Pacific said: "This appointment follows directly on from a number of new senior lateral hires to our corporate, Tech & Comms and employment practices in the Asia Pacific over the past 12 months.  These appointments are all key to our ongoing commitment to clients and integral to Bird & Bird's strategy for growth and development in the Asia Pacific region."

Bird & Bird's partner headcount has increased to a total of 38 in the Asia Pacific region.