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 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 over 70 international arbitration and Australian court decisions and written submissions 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 1999 2018

Research Output 1997 2019

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

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: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

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.). 1st ed. Sydney: Federation Press, p. 580-634 55 p.

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