IR Bronze Member

Gavin Doherty

Director mdp Law

Member Details

  • Australia

Exclusive IR Member for:

  • IP - Trademark & Copyright
Level 4, 91 William Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000
Melbourne Australia

Please sign in to view members only features


Gavin is regarded as one of Australia's foremost Patent Attorneys, having developed and managed world-renowned IP portfolios for some of Australia's most innovative international companies including Cochlear Limited and Orbital Engine Company. He has almost 20 years' experience in international patent applications from both a regulatory and commercial perspective.

At Cochlear - the world leader in medical hearing devices - Gavin was responsible for all matters pertaining to Cochlear's trademark and patent portfolio, including strategic portfolio review, ensuring optimal brand protection, and managing the prosecution of patents. During his time at Cochlear, the company was ranked the no. 1 Australian company in the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia Innovation Index and no. 3 for patent applications.

At Orbital Engine Company Gavin oversaw Orbital's patent portfolio, one of the largest and most diverse patent portfolios in Australia.

He has also been a Patent Examiner with IP Australia, hence he has first-hand experience of the stringent requirements to secure a patent and how to navigate the pitfalls of the patent application process.

Gavin has technical excellence, strong commercial acumen, an inquisitorial approach and a unique insight into the role of intellectual property in business from a patent office, patent owner and patent advisor's perspective.

Gavin's unparalleled patent experience combined with mdp's broader intellectual property and commercial expertise means we offer clients an integrated suite of intellectual property services, including:

  • trade mark, design and patent strategy and searching services;
  • trade mark, design and patent filing and prosecution services;
  • copyright advice;
  • intellectual property enforcement services (including litigious matters); and
  • intellectual property commercialisation services.

Firm Description

mdp is a contemporary and entrepreneurial corporate, commercial and intellectual property law practice, with unique expertise in strategic commercial advisory services and international commercialisation.

We are distinguished by our:

  • passion for innovation;t
  • informed, commercially successful solutions;
  • in-depth understanding of your business;
  • expertise across all facets of corporate, commercial and intellectual property law;
  • our first-hand understanding of expansion into new markets through directorship experience with businesses that have grown and prospered internationally; and
  • personable style and strong, long-standing relationships with those who seek our advice.

Our point of difference is our unique blend of corporate, intellectual property, and strategic commercial experience. This combination of expertise ensures that we can help you to globalise your brand and structure your business in the best way possible, balancing the objectives of risk management, asset protection and maximising the commercial value of your intellectual property.

We are highly regarded as trusted advisors by our national and international clients, and valued for our in-depth knowledge, judgement and commercial acumen and the exceptional quality of our advice.

We work with an extensive network of international associates on global brand and intellectual property protection and enforcement, cross-border transactions, international structuring and incorporation of businesses. Our associates are all carefully selected based on the quality and timeliness of their advice as well as their like-minded, responsive approach.

mdp was founded in 2005 by Michael McDonald, who remains a driving force and director, alongside our other directors Sarah Gilkes and Gavin Doherty.

mdp comprises mdp Law Pty Ltd and mdp Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys Pty Ltd. mdp Law Pty Ltd’s liability is limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.