J.M. Hennessy SC
Admitted to the bar 1997
Appointed Senior Counsel in 2011
Entitled to practise in all Australian jurisdictions
Areas of Practice:
Patents, trade marks, copyright, passing-off, confidential information, trade names and misleading advertising, and all other aspects of intellectual property; broadcast and media; information technology; and telecommunications.
Mr Hennessy is recognised as one of Australia's leading intellectual property Silks according to Chambers & Partners, Doyle's Guide to the Australian Legal Profession and World Trademark Review. He regularly appears in the Federal Court of Australia, both at first instance and on appeal, and has appeared in a number of leading intellectual property cases in the High Court of Australia. He also appears in the Australian Patent Office, the Australian Trade Marks Office and the Copyright Tribunal of Australia.
B.Ec; LLB; LLM (London)
Memberships of professional associations:
- Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand
- Copyright Society of Australia
- Bar Association of New South Wales
- Bentham Club, University of London
- Member of Federal Court of Australia Patent User Group Committee
- Member of Federal Court of Australia IP User Group Committee
- Member of Copyright Tribunal of Australia User Group
- Past member of Professional Conduct Committee for the NSW Bar Association
Clients for whom Mr Hennessy regularly appears include: inventors, manufacturers, technology companies, film studios, television and radio broadcasters, internet service providers, software designers, content providers, record companies, print publishers, regulatory authorities and industry associations.
Selection of Cases
Broadcast and media: Re Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (2016) 117 IPR 540; Re Phonographic Performance Company of Australia Ltd (2015) 114 IPR 316; Today FM (Sydney) Pty Ltd v Australian Communications & Media Authority (2014) 218 FCR 461; Phonographic Performance Company of Australia Ltd v Commercial Radio Australia Ltd (2013) 209 FCR 331.
Confidential information: Kafataris v Davis (2014) 109 IPR 29; Metso Minerals (Australia) Ltd v Kalra  FCAFC 57; Risk Management and Safety Systems Pty Ltd v Pan Software Pty Ltd  FCA 306; Orient Capital Pty Ltd v Thomson Reuters (Professional) Australia Pty Ltd  SC NSW 41.
Copyright: Roadshow Films Pty Ltd v iiNet Ltd (2012) 248 CLR 42; National Rugby League Investments Pty Ltd v SingTel Optus Pty Ltd (2012) 201 FCR 147; Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Ltd v Global Gaming Supplies Pty Ltd (2010) 84 IPR 222;; IceTV Pty Ltd v Nine Network Australia Pty Ltd (2009) 239 CLR 458; Nine Network Australia Pty Ltd v IceTV Pty Ltd (2008) 77 IPR 140; Reference by PPCA (Gyms) (2010) 87 IPR 148; Reference by PPCA (Free TV) (2010) 84 IPR 393; Reference by APRA/AMCOS (Digital Downloads) (2010) 84 IPR 402.
Passing-off: Change Group International Plc v City Exchange Mart Pty Ltd  FCA 1048; Primary Health Care Ltd v Australian General Practice Network Ltd  FCA 239; Zip Heaters (Australia) Pty Ltd v Culligan Australia Pty Ltd  FCA 278.
Patents: Australian Mud Company Pty Ltd v Coretell Pty Ltd (2014) 106 IPR 49; Regency Media Pty Ltd v MPEG LA, LLC (2014) 231 FCR 588; MPEG LA, LLC v Regency Media Pty Ltd (2014) 105 IPR 202; Kafataris v Davis (2014) 109 IPR 29.
Trade marks: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Ltd v Global Gaming Supplies Pty Ltd (2016) 329 ALR 522; Veda Advantage Ltd v Malouf Group Enterprises Pty Ltd  AIPC 92-504; Primary Health Care Ltd v Commonwealth (2016)117 IPR 73; Allam v Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Ltd (2012) 95 IPR 242; Optical 88 Limited v Optical 88 Pty Ltd (2011) 197 FCR 67; Symbion Pharmacy Services Pty Ltd v Idameneo (No 789) Ltd (2011) 91 IPR 547; Sebel Furniture Ltd v Acoustic & Felts Pty Ltd (2009) 80 IPR 44.
Trade names and misleading advertising: Energizer Australia Pty Ltd v Procter & Gamble Australia Pty Ltd  FCA 347; Samsung Electronics Australia Pty Ltd v LG Electronics Australia Pty Ltd (2015) 113 IPR 11; Sandfire Resources Limited v CAER  FCA 1173; Primary Health Care Ltd v Australian General Practice Network Ltd  FCA 239; RP Data Ltd v Residex Valuation Pty Ltd  FCA 96.
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