Shelston has a strong focus and successful record in protecting mining-related inventions and acting in patent disputes in the mining sector.
Our patent attorneys are qualified engineers and scientists with expertise and industry experience in relation to the mechanical, chemical, civil, electrical and computer-based aspects of modern mining technologies.
We combine our technical skillsets with our knowledge of the Australian mining industry to draft and prosecute robust and commercially useful patent applications. We regularly act for both patent applicants and opponents in Patent Office oppositions, often with the assistance of Shelston Lawyer’s specialist IP litigators.
Our expert IP litigators have acted in numerous complex patent litigation matters, both for patent owners and for alleged infringers / revokers. In particular, we regularly act for prominent suppliers of products and services in scenarios where patent rights and freedom to operate can be determinative of whether supply contracts can be secured with major mine operators and other significant customers throughout Australia.
Patent disputes in the mining sector often hinge as much on questions of historical fact (for both validity and infringement) as expert evidence, making our deep industry knowledge and the technical insights brought by our patent attorneys especially critical to litigation outcomes.