Colin Golvan Portrait

Colin Golvan AM KC

Bar roll 1988 Silk 2002
  • Commercial Law Intellectual Property
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Colin Golvan AM KC practises predominantly in intellectual property law and trade practices.

Colin Golvan has been a King’s Counsel at the Victorian Bar since 2002. He appears as senior counsel in copyright, trade marks, designs and patent cases, as well as in competition and misleading conduct cases in the Federal and High Court of Australia, and in mediations and arbitrations. Details of Federal Court cases in which he has appeared can be found here (trial decisions) and here (Full Court decisions).

Colin holds a Masters of Law degree from Monash University and a Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) and Law degrees from Melbourne University. He has taught in the intellectual property area in the Masters of Law program at Melbourne University as a Visiting Fellow. He has lectured on intellectual property subjects throughout Australia and New Zealand. He was admitted to legal practice in 1985, and worked as a solicitor (and senior associate) for Phillips Fox Solicitors for three years prior to signing the Bar Roll in November 1988 (having read with former High Court Justice the Hon Susan Crennan AC).

He has served as chairperson of the board of trustees of the Victorian Bar Indigenous Barristers’ Fund, the Indigenous Lawyers Committee of the Victorian Bar and his Barristers’ clerking list (List G). He is also a former member of the Appeals Board of Football Federation Victoria.

He has been selected as a leading IP and trade practices counsel in the Best Lawyers of Australia, Doyle’s listings in the field of Intellectual Property Law and Litigation, Chambers and Global Asia Pacific and Legal 500 in 2014-2021.

In 2018, he was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).

Liability limited by a scheme approved under the Professional Standards Legislation


Chambers & Clerk

Emmerson Chambers
Level 18 Room 15

200 Queen Street 
Melbourne VIC 3000 

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Jane King

03 9225 8558


Commercial Law
  • Competition
  • Consumer Law
  • Contractual Disputes
Intellectual Property
  • Appellate
  • Confidential Information
  • Copyright & Designs
  • Information Technology
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Patents
  • Privacy & Data Protection
  • Telecommunications
  • Trade Marks



Bachelor or of Arts (Hons)

Bachelor of Laws

Master of Laws



New South Wales

Northern Territory


Entitled to practise in

State and Territory Courts and Tribunals

Federal Court of Australia

High Court of Australia

Recent Cases

Intellectual Property

GM Global Technology Operations LLV v. SSS Auto Parts Pty Ltd [2019] FCA 97

Dunlop Aircraft Tyres Ltd. V. The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company [2018] FCA 1014

Sportsbet Pty Ltd v. Crownbet Pty Ltd [2018] FCA 1045

Stone & Wood Group Pty Ltd v. Intellectual Property Development Corporation Pty Ltd [2018] FCAFC 29

Verrocchi v. Direct Chemist Outlet Pty Ltd [2016] FCAFC 104

Connect TV Pty Ltd v. All Rounder Pty Ltd [2016] FCA 338

BLH Engineering and Construction Pty Ltd v. Pro 3 Products Pty Ltd [2015] FCA 833

Seafolly Pty Ltd v. Madden[2013] FCA 314; [2014] FCAFC 30

Phone Directories Company Australia Pty Ltd v. Telstra Corporation Ltd [2014] FCA 373

Australian Postal Corporation v. Digital Post Australia Pty Ltd [2012] FCA 1049; [2013] FCAFC 153

ACP Machinery Pty Ltd v. Aerospace Technologies of Australia Ltd [2013] FCA 1237

SNF (Australia) Pty Ltd v Ciba Speciality Chemicals Water Treatments Limited [2011] FCA 452 [2012] FCAFC 95

Telstra Corporation Limited v. Phone Directories Company Pty Ltd [2010] FCA 44; [2010] FCAFC 149

Elwood Clothing Pty Ltd v. Cotton On Clothing Pty Ltd [2008] FCAFC 197

Barrett Property Group Pty Ltd v Dennis Family Homes Pty Ltd [2011] FCA 276

Barrett Property Group Pty Ltd v. Metricon Homes Pty Ltd[2007] FCA 1509; [2009] FCA 5; (No 2) [2007] FCA 1823; [2008] FCAFC 46

Barrett Property Group Pty Ltd v. Carlisle Homes Pty Ltd [2008] FCA 930; [2009] FCAFC 48

Gold Peg International Pty Ltd v. Kovan Engineering (Aust) Pty Ltd [2005] FCA 1794; [2006] FCAFC 117

Ullrich Aluminium Pty Ltd v. Dias Aluminium Products Pty Ltd [2005] FCA 1297; [2006] FCAFC 119

John Bulun Bulun v. R & T Textiles Pty Ltd [1998] FCA 1082

George Milpurrurru v. Indofurn Pty Ltd(1994) 54 FCR 240

Trade Practices

ACCC v. Australian Egg Corporation Limited [2017] FCAFC 152

ACCC v. Coles Supermarkets Australia Pty Ltd [2014] FCA 634

ACCC v. TPG Internet Pty Ltd [2013] HCA 54

ACCC V. Turi Foods Pty Ltd [2013] FCA 1233

ACCC v. Apple Pty Ltd [2012] FCA 646

ACCC v. Singtel Optus Pty Ltd [2011] FCA 87

Cadbury Schweppes Pty Ltd v. Darrell Lea Chocolate Shops Pty Ltd[2007] FCAFC 70; [2007] FCAFC 102; [2007] FCAFC 119; [2007] FCAFC 210; [2009] FCAFC 8

Blackman & Ors v Gant & Anor [2010] VSC 109; [2010] VSC 229; (No 2) [2010] VSC 246

Melway Publishing Pty Ltd v. Robert Hicks Pty Ltd [1998] FCA 1379; [1999] FCAFC 664; [2001] HCA 13

Dynamic Hearing Pty Ltd v. Polaris Communications Pty Ltd [2009] FCA 890; [2010] FCAFC 135



Victorian Bar - Commercial Bar Association

Indigenous Barristers Fund of the Victorian Bar, Chairman 

Indigenous Barristers' Committee of the Victorian Bar, past Chairman 

Museums Victoria, board member

Arts Centre Melbourne Foundation, member of the Board of Governors

Melbourne International Jazz Festival, board member

Football Federation Victoria - member Appeals Board

Australian Book Review, board member 

Arts Law Centre of Australia, past board member 

Viscopy, past Chairman 

Victorian Writers' Centre, past Chairman 

St. Martins Youth Theatre, past board member