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Ian Drew | Senior Associate

B.A., B.Ec., LL.B. (Hons.), M.IP Law, Trade Mark Attorney

Ian Drew

Areas of Expertise

  • Trade Marks

Ian is a Senior Associate working in the Trade Mark Group. His areas of practice encompass all aspects of trade mark searching and clearance for use, registration, oppositions and advice in relation to trade mark enforcement internationally. He has handled trade mark matters in most countries worldwide, including directly before the Australian, United Kingdom, European Community Trade Mark, New Zealand and Pacific Island Trade Mark Offices. Ian represents both local and international clients with business interests in a wide range of industries and has a thriving practice in all aspects of prosecution and protection of trade mark rights.

In 2013, Ian was recognised as a world leading trade mark professional in the World Trade Mark Review 1000. Ian was also acknowledged as a leading lawyer for trade marks in the 2013 edition of Asia IP Experts. He also has particular expertise in the system for International Registration of Trade Marks and is a co-author of the International Registration section of Lahore: Patent, Trade Mark and Related Rights.

Affiliations and Memberships

  • Affiliate Member (by examination): Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (United Kingdom).
  • Fellow: Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys.
  • Member: Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand.
  • Member: Law Institute of Victoria
  • Member: International Trade Mark Association


  • Bachelor of Arts, Australian National University.
  • Bachelor of Economics, Australian National University.
  • Registered Australian Trade Marks Attorney.
  • Master of Intellectual Property Law (with Merit), Australian National University
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Deakin University

Ian’s latest articles

The Commissioner's discretion - defending unused trade marks in New Zealand revocation proceedings

First published in The ITMA Review, Issue 406, December 2013/ January 2014 pg 29, title 'A Matter of Discretion'.… more »

CUB defends unused trade marks - the registrar's discretion

The decisions concern highly-publicised removal proceedings filed by Elixir Signature Pty Ltd on grounds of non-use against… more »

CUB defends heritage beer trade marks against non-use challenge by local brewery

Recent trade mark removal and opposition proceedings between two Australian breweries involving 59 heritage beer trade marks… more »

Articles about Ian

DCC News Quarter 1 2014

Davies Collison Cave congratulates Keech Australia for being voted number 7 in the top 50 ‘Most Innovative… more »

DCC presenting in Tasmania for Engineers Australia

On 26 and 27 March in Launceston and Hobart respectively, Ross Clark and Ian Drew from Davies Collison Cave will provide a… more »

DCC maintains gold tier ranking status in the World Trademark Review 1000 2014

The World Trade Mark Review 1000 (WTR1000 2014) has again ranked Davies Collison Cave as a 'Gold tier firm in… more »