Mark Davison

Adjunct Prof

1997 …2023

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LAW5316 Trade marks and commercial designations SEM1/T2


Mark Davison is the author of several  works relating to intellectual property 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. Works include The Legal Protection of Databases (Cambridge University Press); first authorship of editions 3,4,5,6 and 7  of Shanahan's Australian Law of Trade Mark and Passing Off (Thomson Reuters) and co-authorship  of the four editions of Australian Intellectual Property Law, (Cambridge University Press). He has co-authored The WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights: A Commentary (Edward Elgar)  and has also co-authored numerous editions of casebooks dealing with competition law and intellectual property.  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 was a member of the Advisory Council on Intellectual Property, 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 many 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. This work included membership of the Australian legal delegation to the World Trade Organisation that successfully defended complaints brought against Australian's laws mandating plain packaging for tobacco products. His work has been cited and quoted in over 100 international arbitration, Australian and New Zealand court decisions and written submissions as well as over 250 decisions of the Australian Trade Marks Office and the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand. Multiple works of his were cited and quoted with approval by a unanimous High Court of Australia in Self-Care v Allergan in 2023.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

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