Stephen Stern

Stephen Stern is a leading authority in the intellectual property field and acts for a wide range of clients including pharmaceutical companies, luxury goods manufacturers, clothing, footwear and textile producers, telecommunication and electronic companies. His practice includes significant patent litigation and he has been involved in some of the longest-running patent litigation globally. He is also well-known for his significant geographical indication and wine law practice, and in 2006 was appointed a Chevalier in the Ordre du Mérite Agricole by the French government in recognition of his services to the French wine industry. His work involves, amongst other things, the protection of wine and spirit geographical indications (such as Champagne and Cognac), registering Australian wine region names (such as Coonawarra and Mornington Peninsula) and acting to register and protect geographical indications in a range of other agricultural sectors such as those relating to cheeses, rice, tea, meats and poultry.