Warwick Rothnie


  • Commercial Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Telecommunications
  • Trade Practices & Consumer Protection



Warwick is an independent panelist for the World Intellectual Property Association in domain name dispute resolution (UDRP and auDRP).

Member, Law Council of Australia’s Intellectual Property Committee 1993 to present.

He is a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne, where he teaches postgraduate Patents Law. He has also taught Designs Law and Practice and Copyright Law in the postgraduate program at Monash University.

Member, Copyright Law Review Committee:
• Jurisdiction of the Copyright Tribunal April 1999 - April 2000
• Inquiry into Copyright and Contract April 2001 – April 2002

Professional Associations membership:

  • Copyright Society of Australia


Warwick’s publications include:

• contributing author to Lahore, Lindgren and Rothnie, Copyright and Designs (looseleaf)
• contributing author to the chapter on Patent validity in Lahore, Patents Trade Marks and Related Rights (looseleaf)
• The Footy Killed Optus’ DVR, (2012) 62(4) TJA 581
• Of Keywords, Adwords and Trade Mark Infringement’, (2010) 83 Intellectual Property Forum 32
• Forsyth & Rothnie, 'Parallel Imports,' in Anderman (ed.) The Interface between Intellectual Property Rights and Competition (CUP, 2007) (cited with approval by Ginsberg J in the US Supreme Court in Kirtsaeng v John Wiley & Sons Inc. (2013).
• Halsbury’s Law of Australia contributing author to original looseleaf chapters on Patents: Patentability and Validity (Introduction, Newness, Manner of Manufacture and Novelty)
• Parallel Imports, Sweet & Maxwell London, 1993
• Exclusive Dealing Agreements in the EEC, 2 edn, Sweet & Maxwell, London 1992 (with Prof. Valentine Korah)

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Warwick has also presented the following talks:

1. Is your brand cyber proof: cybersquatting? for Leo Cussen Corporate Counsel Update, March 2017

2. Inventive Step: What does Raising the Bar Require and What Does the Productivity Commission Propose, Legalwise, June 2017

3. Copyright & Designs Annual Update, IPSANZ (August 2017)


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Warwick Rothnie
  • Name: Warwick Rothnie
  • Qualifications: BA, LLB (Hons) (Monash), PhD (London)
  • Chambers: Room 1312 Owen Dixon Chambers East MAP
  • Signed Bar Roll: 2002
  • Admitted: 1986
  • Admitted in: VIC*, ACT, NSW, WA

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