Colin Golvan Portrait

Colin Golvan AM QC

Bar roll 1988 Silk 2002
  • Commercial Law Intellectual Property
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Colin Golvan AM QC practises predominantly in the intellectual property and trade practices areas

Colin appears in the Federal Court throughout Australia, and has appeared in intellectual property, trade practices and defamation matters in the High Court. 

He is the author of the legal books ''Copyright - Law and Practice'' (Federation Press 2007), ''An Introduction to Intellectual Property Law'' (Federation Press 1992), ''Words and Law'' (Penguin 1990) and co-author of ''Writers and the Law'' (Law Book Company 1986). He has also been general editor of the monthly Australian Intellectual Property Law Bulletin (published by LexisNexis) and the co-editor of the quarterly ''Media and Arts Law Review'' (published by Law Book Company). 

Colin is the author of papers on intellectual property subjects published in various legal journals, including the European Intellectual Property Review, as well as in the Australian Book Review and the Australian Financial Review.

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