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John Fairbairn

John Fairbairn



  • Competition and Market Regulation
  • Branding and Advertising
  • Confidentiality and Trade Secrets
  • Commercialisation

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John is a partner in MinterEllison's intellectual property team. His practice is focused on the media, technology and life sciences sectors.

He assists clients with strategies for protecting IP assets, minimising the risk of disputes and licensing. He also represents clients in contentious matters, including injunction applications and Anton Piller (search and seizure) orders.

John has successfully represented clients in disputes involving copyright, patents, trade marks, designs and confidential information as well as passing off and analogous actions under the Australian Consumer Law.

He has particular expertise in the interaction of copyright law and emerging technologies in Australia. He is considered a trusted advisor to key participants in the broadcasting, computing and telecommunications industries and has particular experience in large scale music industry disputes, both in the Federal Court and the Copyright Tribunal.

With dual qualifications in law and science, John is also an integral member of our strong patent litigation team. He has significant experience representing clients in multi-jurisdictional patent disputes particularly in the life sciences sector.


LLM, LLB (Hons), BSc (Hons)
Areas of Practice

Branding and Advertising | Commercialisation | Competition and Market Regulation | Confidentiality and Trade Secrets | Copyright | Design | Government | Intellectual Property | Intellectual Property Disputes | Internet and E-commerce | IP Management | Media | Patents | Technology | Technology, Media and Telecommunications | Telecommunications | Trade Marks


Decrypting the Decryption Bill
MinterEllison, October 2018

Following a short period of public consultation, the Telecommunications and Other Amendments (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018 (Cth) (Bill) has been introduced into Parliament. Despite the extensive public concerns raised with the Exposure Draft version, only a small number of amendments have been made to the Bill. Following extensive submissions and much debate, the 'decryption Bill' has now been introduced into Parliament...

First Steps Down the Plank: New Australian Copyright Provisions Successfully Used to Block Pirate Sites
MinterEllison, December 2016

On 15 December 2016, Foxtel and a number of movie studios secured the first site blocking orders in Australia. The orders of Nicholas J of the Federal Court require the major Australian ISPs to block access to a number of infamous sources of illegal content, namely, The Pirate Bay, TorrentHound, IsoHunt, Torrentz and SolarMovie (Pirate Sites)...

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