Kellech Smith

Kellech Smith

Partner based in Melbourne

Kellech Smith

Kellech Smith is a partner in our intellectual property and media practice

Kellech is a highly respected Australian practitioner in the field of intellectual property law, with over 20 years’ experience. In addition to her undergraduate law qualifications, she has a Masters of IP Law, as well as a degree in science with a major in chemistry. She holds committee positions with the International Trade Mark Association, the Law Council of Australia IP Sub-Committee, and is a registered trade marks attorney.

Kellech is ranked in Chambers Asia Pacific, IAM Patent 1000, IP Stars and Best Lawyers for her expertise, as well as being included in the Managing IP global list of the Top 250 Women in IP (2020, 2023). In 2023, she also received the Australian Law Firm IP Practitioner of the Year award at the Managing IP Asia-Pacific Awards.

Kellech's practice incorporates contentious and non-contentious IP law, including opposition, infringement and revocation proceedings before the Federal, Full Federal and High Courts of Australia and she has extensive experience in general commercial litigation.

She advises on the infringement and validity of trade marks, registered designs, copyright and patents; consumer protection trade practices issues; marketing and advertising; intellectual property due diligence; trade mark prosecution and oppositions. Kellech also advises on a wide variety of corporate transactions including the drafting and review of licences, assignments, collaboration agreements, joint venture agreements and distribution agreements and advises in broader commercial transactions involving the sale, acquisition and restructuring of IP rights and product portfolios.

She also provides expert advice in relation to the regulation of food, beverages, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and tobacco, and her industry expertise covers life sciences, energy & resources, oil & gas, manufacturing and consumer goods.