About our editors


Cate Nagy

Cate Nagy is a partner in King & Wood Mallesons’ Sydney office and is also our ‘chief editor’. When she is not reading IP Whiteboard posts, she specializes in copyright and trade mark litigation and disputes. Her office shelves are crammed with an eclectic mix of consumer goods which have been the subject of hard-fought litigation over the years, including chip packets, hair care products and Russian vodka, in which she claims to have a professional interest only.

Melissa Anderson

A certified chocoholic and avid tennis player, Melissa works as a solicitor in the Sydney IP litigation team. When she’s not brushing up on trade marks, domain names or copyright law, you can generally find her either (i) eating chocolate, (ii) sipping hot chocolate, (iii) searching for her next chocolate fix … or (iv) working off the chocolate on a tennis court!

Jessica Bounds

Jessica is a solicitor in the Dispute Resolution team of our Melbourne office. Apart from enjoying writing posts on fashion and celebrities, Jessica has a particular interest in the branding and marketing side of IP which likely stems from her brief stint in Public Relations. A self-proclaimed foodie, Jessica loves to cook, eat, attend food festivals, browse food blogs and recipe sites and watch cooking shows.

James Ellsmore

James occupies a corner in Mallesons’ Sydney office where he’s allowed to blog on all things patent, pharma and biotech related. He also dabbles in other aspects of IP when given the chance. When he’s not blogging, James works on contentious patent and IP disputes, telling himself that science is cool and wondering what his imaginary friends – the non-inventive skilled addressees – would do. James escapes the office with long runs in the bush, American football and little known TV shows (The League, anyone?)

Bill Ladas

Bill lives and breathes trade mark law. His first stop most mornings is Austlii, followed by Bailii and Curia, to check out the latest in case law developments. It is alleged that the next stop would often then be mrporter.com. Add in a new obsession with following his favourite restaurants, sommeliers and photographers on Twitter, and it’s a miracle he gets any “work” done at all.

Bill has the distinction of being one of the very few lawyers to have worked in the London and Melbourne offices of KWM (the former when it was still SJB). He has now swapped his frequent sojourns to Paris on the Eurostar with slightly less frequent trips to wineries in and around Geelong, the Paris of the South.
Read more about Bill here.

Phillipa Macaskill

Philippa is a solicitor in the IP litigation team in Sydney. She has a penchant for passing off, a taste for trade marks and confidential information is her cup of tea. She also has an insatiable (and somewhat inexplicable) interest in celebrity news and enjoys updating readers on the latest IP dramas that the world’s rich and famous have found themselves embroiled in.

Suzy Madar

Suzy is mainly into drugs. Whilst this means she loves a good stoush over drugs, blogging on a broad range of issues relating to other aspects of intellectual property and commercial disputes holds her interest too. When she is not blogging about drugs … and the latest goings on in IP, being a Senior Associate who specialises in patent litigation as well as pharmaceutical and medical device regulatory issues helps keep her out of harm’s way.

When not doing any of these things, Suzy likes to get out of the city, and better still, out of the country! She is about to tick off her sixth continent and looks forward to planning the next one – Antarctica!

Damien McRae

Damien ran Mallesons’ annual trivia night in Sydney, which tells you (1) that he knows way too much about pop culture and (2) that he is a pedant for accuracy. These qualities made him the perfect person to help edit this blog and keep the rest of the Whiteboard team up-to-date with the latest quirky IP issues.

James Russell

James is a parochial Melbournian solicitor who loves a good stoush over IP. Particularly interested in copyright law and the protection of content on the Internet, James is also skilled in online marketing speak, and will explain a metatag or the Gestalt effect on consumer perception to anyone game enough to listen. In his spare time, James will either be surviving another deplorable display by the Demons at the Frank Grey Smith (it’s a bar), or will be filling up his freezer with fruits of the sea, caught with the aid of a rod, spear or tank.

Caroline Ryan

Caroline is a special counsel in the Melbourne office focused on contentious IP, including trade marks, copyright, confidential information, patents and consumer law disputes. Caroline is a board member of the Stella Prize for Australian women’s literature. Thanks to her father, she also has an in-depth understanding of the laws and strategy of the game they play in heaven (rugby union).

Bridie Egan

Bridie is a Solicitor in the Melbourne IP litigation team. Bridie enjoys enforcing and defending the whole gamut of IP rights for clients across a variety of industries and has worked on Federal Court disputes involving Champagne, power tools and pharmaceuticals. Outside of work, Bridie enjoys all things wine and food related (although she draws the line at cooking).

Sun Hoon

Sun Hoon

Sun is from the Perth office and enjoys writing about the IP issues arising out of pop and internet culture, technology, or any topic that lends itself to bad puns. In her spare time, she likes overanalysing trashy TV and anything Sufjan Stevens.

Luke Hawthorne

Luke is a senior associate in the Sydney IP Litigation team. Luke loves litigation – he even once caught himself refreshing AustLii. He joins the King & Wood Mallesons team from the world of media and entertainment; sadly, only ever as a lawyer. Swapping the spotlight for the limelight, he enjoys a comment on all things contentious, commercialised, or conspicuously copyright-related.