Ken Philp

Ken Philp

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Bennett & Philp Lawyers Founding Director
+61 7 3001 2902

As one of the Bennett & Philp Founding Directors, Ken has more than 35 years’ experience in providing strategic commercial litigation and intellectual property advice. Ken is widely regarded as one of the top "go-to" people in intellectual property law in Australia.

As a senior intellectual property law specialist, Ken deals with complex and challenging disputes, providing his clients with astute, practical, commercial advice. His extensive, specialised intellectual property experience includes providing advice on copyright, trade mark, design and patent issues, brand protection, confidential information and its protection and litigation. Ken advises both international and Australia entities, investors and small to medium sized enterprises. His client and referral networks extend to the US, Europe, Asia and Australia. 

Ken’s successful litigation career extends back to the early 1980's. He has successfully litigated a number of high profile IP cases in the Federal Court of Australia and in appeals to the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia and also the High Court of Australia over the past few decades, with important decisions that have set major precedents in intellectual property law. His most recent victory has been in the global trade mark war between rival alcohol brands Wild Geese and Wild Turkey resulting in a precedent-setting win for his client, Wild Geese Whiskey.

Ken is also the key instigator in forging Bennett & Philp's strong ties with a wide network of independent law firms in regional China. He has arranged and presented at the firm's successful "Doing Business in Australia" seminar series in Chinese cites. Topics in the series include intellectual property, agribusiness, real estate and FIRB and promotes Australian trading opportunities and the country's attributes. Through Ken, Bennett & Philp Lawyers have hosted trade delegations and business matching into Brisbane and Queensland regions. Ken and native Mandarin speaker, Lawyer Sandy Zhang, visit our law firm colleagues and their clients in China throughout the year.


Ken Philp and Tony Bennett of Bennett & Philp nominated as “Preeminent" Leading Intellectual Property Lawyers – Queensland, 2015, 2016 and 2017.”

Bennett & Philp Lawyers named as a "First Tier" Leading Intellectual Property Law Firm - Queensland 2017

"Finalist" in the prestigious Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards for intellectual property in 2017.

Bachelor of Arts | University of Queensland
Bachelor of Laws | University of Queensland
Queensland Law Society
Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand International Trademark Association
American Intellectual Property Law Association
1981 Supreme Court of Queensland
1981 High Court of Australia
Related Services: 
Contracts - Disputes and Enforcements
Commercialisation and Licensing of IP
Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys
IP Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Misuse of Confidential Information
Misleading and Deceptive Conduct and Passing Off
Trade Marks
Domain Names
IP Due Diligence
Competition and Consumer Law
Dispute Resolution
Disclosure Documentation
Franchise Disputes and Mediation
Court Consent Orders
Global Investment
Wine, Vineyards and Liquor