K&L Gates grows IP practice

K&L Gates grows IP practice

10 May 2021 By Emma Ryan
Patrick Sands

Global law firm K&L Gates has recruited a new partner to add to its growing Melbourne-based intellectual property practice.

Patrick Sands joins the firm from Herbert Smith Freehills, bringing with him a reputation as having provided commercially focused advice and guidance on major strategic intellectual property disputes.


“Working at the intersection of science, technology and law, Patrick offers clients a unique combination of skills and experience that, together with a science degree, allows Patrick to communicate effectively with scientists, management boards and legal counsel on highly technical transactions,” a statement from K&L Gates explained, noting that Mr Sands’ diverse experience includes acting for clients in various sectors, including pharmaceutical, medical devices, digital mobile radio, consumer, optical communications, mining and automotive.

“We are thrilled to welcome Patrick to our growing team, where his experience and connections particularly in the pharmaceutical industry will greatly complement our global offering to clients,” said K&L Gates practice area leader and intellectual property partner Jonathan Feder.


Nick Nichola, K&L Gates’ managing partner, Australia, echoed a similar sentiment, adding that greater investment in the global IP practice “has been a strategic focus for the firm”.

“When combined with initiatives such as the recent launch of the K&L Gates IP Agency in China, Patrick’s appointment sees the firm further bolster our intellectual property offering to clients,” he said.

Commenting on his new role, Mr Sands said: “Bringing my experience managing Australian IP disputes that are part of multi-jurisdiction proceedings onto the integrated K&L Gates global platform was an exciting opportunity for me.

“I look forward to leveraging the experience of the global team when developing strategies for my clients.”

K&L Gates grows IP practice
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