About Me

I'm a partner and head of our Intellectual Property Group in Sydney where I use my deep-level experience of complex IP strategy and disputes to advise clients from a range of IP-rich industries.

This advice traverses complex patent litigation through to research and commercialisation structures. My specific focus is on the life sciences and higher education fields, in which I have over two decades of experience in all aspects of IP, including portfolio establishment, IP strategy, commercialisation and enforcement.

Given my 25 years in the IP business, my IP disputes experience covers the field: complex patent infringement and revocation, trade mark and passing off, design infringement, disputes on ownership of IP, trademark and patent oppositions, re-examination requests and appeals from decisions of the Commissioner of Patents and the Registrar of Trade Marks.

In IP disputes, I have substantial experience litigating in the life sciences patent arena, which has honed my commercial and strategic nous in this field.

Using my industry and IP knowledge, I assist clients in structuring IP driven transactions, delivering practical, future-proof strategic advice and commercial documentation.

Before joining Bird & Bird in 2015, I was a partner at various law firms in Sydney. Today, I often present on IP issues at continuing legal education and industry events.
Experience
  • Federal Court of Australia
  • Full Federal Court of Australia
  • High Court of Australia
  • NSW Supreme Court
  • NSW Court of Appeal
  • Queensland Supreme Court
Cases
  • Notaras v Barcelona (Federal Court appeal from Trade Marks Office)
  • Otuska v Generic Health (patent litigation/revocation claim in Federal Court, Full Federal Court, special leave application to High Court)
  • IPC Global v Pavetest (copyright infringement in Federal Court)
  • Veda Advantage v Malouf (leading case on trade mark infringement by adwords in Federal Court)
Education

Studied

  • University of London, LLM, Commercial Law/IP (with Merit)
  • The University of Queensland, BA, LLB (First Class Honours), English Lit

Admissions

  • Law Society of Queensland, Australia in 1992
  • Law Society of New South Wales, Australia in 1993
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Testimonials

One client says: 'Jane is always obliging, happy to help and a reliable source of legal guidance. I know she is knowledgeable, experienced, and willing to provide commercial options in her advice, not just black-letter law.' A market source agrees and 'would put her right at the top of the tree for commercial thinking.'

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2021

Jane Owen is "one of the best practitioners in her area of expertise and highly regarded by her peers in IP litigation. At the core of her approach to litigation is her savvy commercial thinking – she is one of the best people for quickly getting to the core of a dispute and building a strategy around that to bring the case to a close as expeditiously as possible. There aren't many in the game that possess that ability, so it is always an enormously enjoyable experience to work with her."

WTR 1000 2021

Tasked with deflecting potential infringers, Jane Owen 'is a superb IP lawyer with an enviable standing in Australian Intellectual Property. Clear and commercial in approach, she possesses deep technical knowledge, with which she efficiently conducts and resolves patent disputes.

IAM Patent 1000 2018

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