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Benjamin Gardiner

Bar roll 2008 Admitted 2004
  • Intellectual Property
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Ben Gardiner practises primarily in intellectual property litigation

Ben Gardiner was admitted to the Queensland Bar in 2004 and signed the Roll of the Victorian Bar in 2008. He is also admitted to practice in New Zealand.

Ben has degrees in Pharmacy (UQ, 1988), Business (QUT, 1995) and Law (JD, UQ, 2004) and completed postgraduate studies in Law (BCL) at the University of Oxford in 2005. 

Before joining the Bar, Ben was associate to the Hon Michael Black AC QC (then Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia) and, prior to that, practised as a pharmacist for 12 years.

He is primarily based in Brisbane but regularly travels interstate for hearings and mediations.

Liability limited by a scheme approved under the Professional Standards Legislation

Contact

Correspondence
Chambers & Clerk

Murray Gleeson Chambers
Level 39

239 George Street 

Brisbane QLD 4000

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Jane King

03 9225 8558

Expertise

Intellectual Property
  • Appellate
  • Confidential Information
  • Copyright & Designs
  • Information Technology
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Patents
  • Privacy & Data Protection
  • Telecommunications
  • Trade Marks

Qualifications

Qualifications

Bachelor of Pharmacy

Bachelor of Business

Juris Doctor (JD)

Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL)

Admitted

Victoria

Queensland

Entitled to practise in

State and Territory Courts and Tribunals

Federal Court of Australia

High Court of Australia

Recent Cases

Recent intellectual property matters include

Liberation Developments Pty Ltd v Lomax Group Pty Ltd [2019] FCA 1180 – patent infringement & validity – trade mark infringement & validity – breach of Australian Consumer Law – unjustified threats – personal liability of respondent directors

Seal Hard Australia Pty Ltd v Laticrete International Inc [2019] ATMO 48application for removal of a trade mark for non-use.

Resmed Limited v Fisher and Paykel Healthcare Limited – High Court of New Zealand CIV No 216-404-1968 – patent infringement and validity – 3 patents in suit in relation to masks and headgear for use with CPAP machines – settled prior to trial.

Chhabra v McPherson as Trustee for the McPherson Practice Trust (No 2) [2019] FCA 448 – offer of compromise – indemnity costs.

Whitsunday Aerial Solutions Professionals Pty Ltd v Emprja Pty Ltd BRG603/2018 – copyright infringement.

Liberation Developments Pty Ltd v Lomax Group Pty Ltd [2018] FCA 842 – patents – leave sought to press cross-claim and to file late evidence

Sambazon, Inc v Amazonia Pty Ltd VID 464/2018 – breach of ACL – settled after mediation

Calico Global Pty Ltd v Calico LLC [2018] FCA 2096 – two appeals from decisions of the Registrar of Trade Marks

Chhabra v McPherson as Trustee for the McPherson Practice Trust [2018] FCA 1755 – copyright infringement – passing off – breach of Australian Consumer Law

CSR Building Products Ltd v United States Gypsum Company [2017] APO 64 – patent opposition – construction – clarity – inventive step

Hillbrick Bicycles Pty Ltd v F45 Training Pty Ltd [2017] FCA 1089 – security for costs

Sportsbet Pty Ltd v Diogenes Ltd [2017] APO 60 – patent opposition – invalidity – inventive step – utility – manner of manufacture

Aussie Concrete Products Pty Ltd v Norton QUD 196/2017 – defence to application to have patent revoked pursuant to s 138 of the Patents Act 1990 (Cth) – settled prior to trial with payment of indemnity costs

Tatts Group Ltd v Lottoland Australia Pty Ltd QUD 634 of 2016 – trade mark infringement, breach of ACL – cross-claim alleging invalidity of registered marks – settled at mediation.

JBS Australia Pty Ltd v Australian Meat Group Pty Ltd (2017) 128 IPR 398 – trade mark infringement – passing off – breach of the ACL.

JetBlue Airways Corporation v BlueSky Digital Pty Ltd QUD 26/2017 – trade mark infringement – settled prior to trial.

Titan Enterprises (Qld) Pty Ltd v Cross [2016] FCA 1241 – subpoenas – privilege – trade mark attorney privilege

Titan Enterprises (Qld) Pty Ltd v Cross [2016] FCA 890 – application to issue international subpoenas to foreign corporations

Titan Enterprises (Qld) Pty Ltd v Cross [2016] FCA 664 – application for substituted service

KSAMS Nominees Pty Ltd v Centennial Park Cemetery Authority [2016] ATMO 85 – trade mark opposition

Home Sweet Loans Pty Ltd v Members Equity Bank Limited QUD 399 of 2016 – trade mark infringement – whether use “as a trade mark” – settled after mediation

Catholic Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust v Bendigo Cemeteries Trust [2016] ATMO 30 – trade mark opposition

Business Strategies International Pty Ltd v British Standards Institution [2016] ATMO 9 – trade marks – application for removal of a trade mark for non-use.

Accor Australia & New Zealand Hospitality Pty Ltd v Liv Pty Ltd [2015] FCA 746 – costs – apportionment of costs where neither party wholly successful.

Mineral Technologies Pty Ltd v Orekinetics Investments Pty Ltd [2015] APO 23 – patent opposition – novelty – inventive step – method of manufacture.

Target Australia Pty Ltd v Catchoftheday.com.au Pty Ltd [2015] ATMO 54 – trade mark opposition – parody – whether applicant’s mark likely to mislead or deceive.

Fletcher v Nextra Australia Pty Ltd [2015] FCAFC 52 – Full Court appeal - consumer law – representations made in online blog – whether in trade or commerce – whether representations of fact or opinion.

Chernae Noonan v Benefit Cosmetics LLC [2015] ATMO 17 – trade marks opposition.

NQ Group Pty Ltd v CQ Group Australia Pty Ltd [2014] FCA 317 - passing off - discovery dispute - relevance of respondent's intention. Madden v Seafolly Pty Ltd [2014] FCAFC 30 – Full Court appeal - trade practices - defamation.

Naiad Design Limited v Woody Marine Pty Ltd BRG 948 of 2014 – breach of copyright in boat design – trade mark infringement – passing off – breach of confidence – breach of ACL – settled at mediation. Roebuck v News Limited [2014] ATMO 19 - trade marks opposition.

AstraZeneca AB v Alphapharm Pty Ltd VID876 of 2013 – pharmaceutical patent dispute.

Mondelez Australia Pty Ltd v The Natural Cordial Company Pty Ltd VID 952 of 2013 – trade mark infringement, passing off, breach of Australian Consumer Law – cross-claim for invalidity of trade mark – settled at mediation. Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd v AstraZeneca AB (2013) 101 IPR 11 – pharmaceutical patent dispute – three patents – issues of infringement and invalidity.

Feggari Pty Ltd v ModelCo Pty Ltd VID 387 of 2013 – trade mark infringement, passing off claim – cross-claim for invalidity – settled at mediation. Australian Postal Corporation v Digital Post Australia Pty Ltd (No 2) [2012] FCA 862 - trade mark infringement, passing off, breach of ACL. Seafolly Pty Ltd v Madden (2012) 98 IPR 389 - injurious falsehood, defamation, breach of TPA, copyright infringement. Seek Ltd v GMO (WA) Pty Ltd [2012] ATMO 25 - trade mark opposition. Complete Technology Integrations Pty Ltd v Green Energy Management Solutions Pty Ltd [2011] FCA 1319 - summary judgment - breach of employment contract, trade mark infringement, copyright infringement, breach of confidence, joint tortfeasorship of directors.

Bostik Australia Pty Ltd v Construction Technologies Australia Pty Ltd VID322 of 2011 – trade mark infringement, infringement of copyright, breach of contract, breach of contract, passing off, breach of trade practices legislation, joint tortfeasorship – settled at mediation.

Ron Englehart Pty Ltd v Enterprise Constructions (Australia) Pty Ltd [2012] FCAFC 4 – Full Court appeal concerning copyright in building plans.

Groupon Inc v Scoopon Pty Ltd VID 655 of 2010 – breach of trade practices legislation, passing off. Yarra Valley Dairy Pty Ltd v Lemnos Foods Pty Ltd (2010) 191 FCR 297 - trade mark infringement, passing off, Part V TPA. Nutrientwater Pty Ltd v Baco Pty Ltd (2010) 265 ALR 140 - passing off, breach of Part V of the TPA.

Dimokranitis v Exotic Limo Pty Ltd [2010] ATMO 69 - trade mark opposition.

Liquideng Farm Supplies Pty Ltd v Liquid Engineering 2003 Pty Ltd (2009) 79 IPR 439 - Full Court appeal concerning the principles to be applied when assessing an account of profits.

Publications

11 May 2017

Intellectual Property Update - Screenshots from webpages held to be inadmissible hearsay by the Federal Court of Australia

28 March 2017

Intellectual Property Law Update - Challenge to admissibility of survey evidence rejected

16 March 2017

Intellectual Property Update - Trade Mark Attorney privilege is not the same as Legal Professional Privilege

10 March 2017

Intellectual Property Law Update - Name of one of Burkina Faso’s 45 provinces rejected under s 41 TMA because it is a geographic location

18 June 2016

Intellectual Property Update - Hells Angels ordered to give security for costs

21 March 2016

Intellectual Property Law Update - Abbreviations and the “own name” defence

19 October 2015

Intellectual Property Case Update - Close but no cigar

07 October 2015

Intellectual Property Law Update - MALTITOS not deceptively similar to MALTESERS

31 August 2015

Intellectual Property Law Update - Two yachts, one Anchorage

16 June 2015

Intellectual Property Law Update - Indemnity costs ordered in Goose fight

09 June 2015

Intellectual Property Law Update - Late evidence at the ATMO

01 June 2015

Intellectual Property Law Update - Wild Goose chase might go all the way

28 May 2015

Intellectual Property Law Update - Simple does not equal generic – Apple Inc

25 May 2015

Intellectual Property Law Update - What on earth is honest concurrent use?

22 May 2015

Intellectual Property Law Update - Revocation in the ATMO

07 April 2015

Intellectual Property Law Update: Are there new rules on inherent adaptation to distinguish?

31 March 2015

Intellectual Property Law Update - AUSTRALIA’S CHEAPEST CHEMIST Trade Mark invalid

03 October 2014

Intellectual Property Law Update - Evidence in the Trade Marks Office – Common Problems – Part 2

12 September 2014

Intellectual Property Law Update - Evidence in the Trade Marks Office – Common problems – Part 1

14 August 2014

Intellectual Property Law Update - Additional damages under s 126(2) TMA can be retrospective

11 August 2014

Intellectual Property Law Update - Should foreign words be registrable as trade mark?

16 June 2014

Intellectual Property Law Update - $91k additional damages for TM infringement awarded

06 May 2014

Intellectual Property Law Update - No news is not always good news

30 April 2014

Intellectual Property Law Update - “Yellow” not inherently adapted to distinguish – who knew?

03 March 2014

Intellectual Property Law Update - Bugatti GmbH v Shine Forever Men Pty Ltd

14 February 2014

Intellectual Property Law Update - Trade Mark owner restrained from use of its own mark

12 February 2014

Intellectual Property Law Update - Bob Jane Corp Pty Ltd v ACN 149 801 141 Pty Ltd

12 February 2014

Intellectual Property Law Update - A Classic Case: The Shell Company of Australia Ltd v Esso Standard Oil (Australia) Ltd (1963)

Memberships

Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ)

Victorian Bar - Commercial Bar Association