12 February 2018
Reporter: Barney Dixon

Trio of Australian firms combine

Australian intellectual property law firms Fisher Adams Kelly Callinans, Cullens and Spruson & Ferguson will merge under the Spruson & Ferguson brand as of April 2018.

The merged entity will cover all aspects of IP law, including patents, trademarks and designs.

It will employ a team of more than 400 staff, including 152 IP professionals across its 10 offices in Bangkok, Beijing, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne, Shanghai, Singapore and Sydney.

All three firms are members of IP services group IPH Limited.

Andrew Blattman, Managing Director and CEO of IPH Limited, commented: “This announcement today reinforces our market-leading approach and commitment to ensuring our group businesses have the capability, resources and systems to deliver the highest quality service to clients and provide strong career paths for our people.”

He added: “Through this merger, we expect significant benefits will flow to the business, its clients and people, with synergies in operations, access to an even greater talent base and integration with Spruson & Ferguson’s Asia-Pacific service offering.”

Tracey Berger, managing director Sydney/Melbourne at Spruson & Ferguson, said: “We are delighted to join with Fisher Adams Kelly Callinans and Cullens to provide an even greater pool of IP talent to our local and international clients.”

“Our combined firm will draw on the strengths of all three businesses to provide our clients with an enhanced top-tier IP service across the Asia-Pacific region.”

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