Personal profile


Mark Davison is the author of several major works relating to intellectual property and competition law and is a special counsel with Knightsbridge Lawyers. He has written The Legal Protection of Databases, a book published by Cambridge University Press and is the first author of all 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 and 5th editions of Intellectual Property: Cases, Materials and Commentary published by Lexis Nexis.  He has been a Chief Investigator on 5 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 35 international arbitration and Australian court decisions as well as a large number of decisions of the Australian Trade Marks Office


Monash teaching commitment

LAW5316 Trade marks and commercial designations SEM1/T2

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Projects 2002 2017

Research Output 1997 2016

Australian Intellectual Property Law

Davison, M. J., Monotti, A. L. & Wiseman, L. 2016 3rd ed. Port Melbourne Vic Australia: Cambridge University Press. 724 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook

Innovation and venture capital programs in Israel

Davison, M. 2016 Innovation and Venture Capital Law and Policy. Barkoczy , . S., Wilkinson, T., Monotti , A. L. & Davison, M. (eds.). 1 ed. Sydney: Federation Press, p. 580-634 55 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter (Book)

Plain packaging of tobacco products and the WTO challenge

Davison, M. 30 Sep 2016 The New Intellectual Property of Health: Beyond Plain Packaging. Alemanno, A. & Bonadio, E. (eds.). 1 ed. Cheltenham Glos UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, p. 163-184 22 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter (Book)

Shanahan's Australian Law of Trade Marks & Passing Off

Davison, M. & Horak, I. 2016 6th ed. Pyrmont, NSW [Australia]: Thomson Lawbook Co. 1187 p.

Research output: ResearchBook

The various legal challenges to tobacco packaging regulations

Davison, M. J. 2016 In : Australian Intellectual Property Journal. 26, 3, p. 141 - 148 8 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle