As one of the Bennett & Philp founding partners, Ken has more than 35 years’ experience in providing strategic commercial litigation and intellectual property advice. Ken is widely regarded as one of the top "go-to" people in intellectual property law in Australia.
Consistently awarded in the Doyle's Guide Law Firm Rankings since 2010, Ken again ranks highly in the 2016 Guide, commended as a: "Leading Intellectual Property lawyer - Brisbane, 2016". He is nominated as a Finalist in the prestigious Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards for intellectual property in 2017.
As a senior intellectual property law specialist, Ken deals with complex and challenging disputes, providing his clients with astute, practical, commercial advice. His extensive, specialised intellectual property experience includes providing advice on copyright, trade mark, design and patent issues, brand protection, confidential information and its protection and litigation. Ken advises both international and Australia entities, investors and small to medium sized enterprises. His client and referral networks extend to the US, Europe, Asia and Australia.
Ken’s successful litigation career extends back to the early 1980's. He has successfully litigated a number of high profile IP cases in the Federal Court of Australia and in appeals to the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia and also the High Court of Australia over the past few decades, with important decisions that have set major precedents in intellectual property law. His most recent victory has been in the global trade mark war between rival alcohol brands Wild Geese and Wild Turkey resulting in a precedent-setting win for his client, Wild Geese Whiskey.
Ken is also the key instigator in forging Bennett & Philp's strong ties with a wide network of independent law firms in regional China. He has arranged and presented at the firm's successful "Doing Business in Australia" seminar series in Chinese cites. Topics in the series include intellectual property, agribusiness, real estate and FIRB and promotes Australian trading opportunities and the country's attributes. Through Ken, Bennett & Philp Lawyers have hosted trade delegations and business matching into Brisbane and Queensland regions. Ken and native Mandarin speaker, Lawyer Sandy Zhang, visit our law firm colleagues and their clients in China throughout the year.
Tony Bennett and Ken Philp of Bennett & Philp nominated “Leading Intellectual Property Lawyers – Brisbane, 2015 and 2016.”
Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession, 2015 and 2016
"This mid-sized local firm is making waves across the country with its forthright, value-based approach. Senior statesmen Ken Philp and Tony Bennett remain evergreen and the firm’s name appears on one side or another of a remarkable number of IP filings in the local Federal Court.
The “direct” and “no-frills” approach of senior practitioners Ken Philp and Tony Bennett was well praised by peers, in particular southern state based barristers. The firm’s reputation for non-contentious work was also seen as growing."
Extract from Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession, 2010