Dentons boosts Melbourne IP practice

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Dentons boosts Melbourne IP practice

appointment of two senior lawyers

The global law firm has expanded its Melbourne intellectual property practice with the appointment of two senior lawyers.

Dentons has welcomed Joy Atacador to the firm, effective immediately, and will welcome Roanne De Menezes on 28 May.

Ms Atacador joins the firm as a partner, while Ms De Menezes will join as special counsel.

Ms Atacador brings almost 20 years’ experience to the firm as an IP lawyer and trade mark attorney. Throughout her career she has advised in IP litigation and dispute resolution matters, with an avid focus on the protection and enforcement of trademarks, patents, copyright, designs, confidential information and reputation rights, according to a statement from Dentons.

Ms Atacador’s new role at Dentons sees her head up the firm’s intellectual property and technology, and life sciences and health care practices.

Meanwhile Ms De Menezes brings more than 15 years’ IP experience to Dentons, with special expertise on trademarks and portfolio management.


According to the Dentons’ statement, she has expertise in all aspects of trademark management covering a broad range of sectors, from pre-filing clearance searches, filing strategy advices, and filing and prosecution of trademarks locally and internationally.

“Dentons has been focussed on growing our IP and IT capability and on building a sector focus around Life Sciences and Health Care in Australia,” said Ian Dardis, Australia region CEO.

“Dentons now has a strong local team that will benefit our Australian and international clients.”

Emma Ryan

Emma Ryan

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