Eric Ziehlke comes to Swaab from Chrysiliou IP, where he worked as a partner for more than 10 years.
Mr Ziehlke has experience in IP matters such as trademark law, copyright, due diligence, transfer of right, passing off and consumer law.
Swaab managing partner Mary Digiglio, who welcomed Mr Ziehlke’s appointment, suggested the firm was committed to growing its IP practice.
“One of our 2015 strategic goals is to bolster and complement our existing practice areas through new partner hires and promotions,” Ms Digiglio said.
“Eric brings excellent knowledge and experience to our IP team to ensure the continued service of new and existing clients and to mentor junior staff members.”
In September last year, Chrysiliou IP lost patent and trademark partner Gavin Doherty to McDonald Partners.
Meanwhile, Swaab CEO Bronwyn Pott announced she would leave the firm at the end of July.