Mark Davison



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Mark Davison is the author of several  works relating to intellectual property and competition law and is a special counsel with Knightsbridge Lawyers. He has been named by Managing IP as one of the world's  50 most influential people in intellectual property. He has written The Legal Protection of Databases, published by Cambridge University Press, and is the first author of all on-line and hard copy editions of Shanahan's Australian Law of Trade Mark and Passing Off published since the Trade Marks Act 1995(Cth) came into effect . He is a co-author of the three editions of Australian Intellectual Property Law, published by Cambridge University Press. He has co-authored The WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights: A Commentary published by Edward Elgar. He has also co-authored two casebooks dealing with competition law and aspects of consumer protection and is co-author of the 4th, 5th and 6th editions of Intellectual Property: Cases, Materials and Commentary published by Lexis Nexis.  He has been a Chief Investigator on 6 Australian Research Council grants and won the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Teaching at Monash University. He has taught in a number of overseas programs to judges and other government officials. 

He was a member of the Advisory Council on Intellectual Property from 2013 until 2015, a Member of the Commonwealth Department of Health's Expert Advisory Group on Plain Packaging of Tobacco Products and has been a member of the Intellectual Property Committee of the Law Council of Australia for some years. In addition to private legal work relating to various intellectual property disputes, he has provided formal and informal advice to governments and non-government organisations in relation to international and national disputes concerning tobacco regulation. His work has been cited and quoted in over 90 international arbitration and Australian court decisions and written submissions as well as over 100 decisions of the Australian Trade Marks Office and the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand.


Monash teaching commitment

LAW5316 Trade marks and commercial designations SEM1/T2

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Research Output

Databases and copyright protection

Davison, M., 2020, Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and Digital Technologies . Aplin, T. (ed.). 1st ed. Cheltenham UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, p. 63-80 18 p. (Research Handbooks in Intellectual Property).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Intellectual Property: Cases, materials and Commentary, 6th edition

Ricketson, S., Richardson, M., Davison, M. & Huang, V., 2020, 6th ed. Sydney NSW Australia: LexisNexis Butterworths.

Research output: Book/ReportTextbookOther

Copyright in street art and graffiti: an Australian perspective

Davison, M., Nov 2019, The Cambridge Handbook of Copyright in Street Art and Graffiti. Bonadio, E. (ed.). 1st ed. Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press, p. 287-298 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Otherpeer-review

In vino veritas? The dubious legality of the EU’s claims to exclusive use of the term “Prosecco”

Davison, M., Henckels, C. & Emerton, P., 2019, In : Australian Intellectual Property Journal. 29, 3, p. 110-126 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

The European Union's Attempts to Limit the Use of the Term 'Prosecco'

Davison, M., Henckels, C., Paterson, M. & Spagnolo, L., 1 Feb 2019, Adelaide SA Australia: Wine Federation of Australia. 17 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned ReportResearch

Open Access


Vice-Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Teaching

Mark Davison (Recipient), 2001

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Tolpin and Partners PC (External organisation)

Mark Davison (Member)

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsConsultancy

Written and oral submission to New Zealand Parliament on plain packaging of tobacco

Mark Davison (Fellow)
May 2014

Activity: External Academic EngagementSubmissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries

Educating SMEs on Intellectual Property: Australia's experience

Mark Davison (Organiser)
Sep 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course

Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (External organisation)

Mark Davison (Member)

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsMembership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) (Comm) (External organisation)

Mark Davison (Member)

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsConsultancy

Press / Media

Fine Art of Graffiti

Mark Davison


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Popping Prosecco's bubble: geographical indications and the prosecco war

Mark Davison, Caroline Henckels, Lisa Spagnolo, Moira Paterson & Patrick Emerton


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Blogs, Podcasts and Social MediaBlogs

Does Prosecco refer to the region or just the grape

Mark Davison


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Research grant to investigate EU Prosecco claims

Mark Davison


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Profile/Interview