Rita is a Principal Lawyer in our Commercial team. With 18 years’ of experience as a lawyer, both as an advisor and a litigator, Rita has a particular focus on high-stakes disputes affecting her clients’ brands, businesses, commercial reputations and property.

Rita’s key areas of experience include Intellectual Property commercialisation, advice and management and litigation, including general commercial disputes and Intellectual Property, where Rita has represented manufacturers, distributors, retailers, subsidiaries and franchisors.

“I pursue my clients’ interests vigorously, either to trials and appeals, or to create opportunities for reasonable settlements.”

Significant Matters

Intellectual property commercialisation – negotiated and drafted commercial agreements concerning the creation, use, licenses and/or assignment of Intellectual Property rights.

Ownership of Intellectual Property – advised clients on ownership of Intellectual Property including but not limited to inventions, designs and copyright works.

Trade Marks – as a registered trade marks attorney, Rita has worked with small businesses and subsidiaries of multinationals on all aspects of opposing, asserting and managing brand portfolios.

Litigation –acted as the solicitor on a record in a number of significant and complex Federal Court of Australian and Supreme Court proceedings. Many of those proceedings span both general commercial and reputational/branding issues.

Rita is part of Macpherson Kelley’s Intellectual Property team, which has been ranked in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific guide, and is listed as a leading firm by the World Trademark Review 1000.

Bachelor of Business, University of Technology Sydney

Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Technology Sydney

Graduate Certificate of Trade Marks Law and Practice, University of Technology Sydney

Registered Trade Marks Attorney

Member, Law Society of NSW

Member, The Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia

Member, The Intellectual Property Society of Australian and New Zealand

  • Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property commercialization
  • General commercial disputes
  • Trade Mark infringements
  • Copyright infringements
  • Design and patent infringements
  • Australian Consumer Law
  • Passing off
  • Confidential information
  • Breach of contracts
  • Franchising Code of Conduct

related contacts

Racha Abboud NSW
Jon Cane NSW
Tony Clarke NSW
Tim Edwards NSW
David Heidtman NSW
Chelyn Murphy NSW
Greg Peach NSW