IR Bronze Member

Sarah Gilkes

Director mdp Law

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  • Australia

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  • IP - Trademark & Copyright
Level 13, 111 Elizabeth Street
Sydney New South Wales Australia

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   Sarah is a highly accomplished, award-winning lawyer with specialist expertise in intellectual property and commercial law. Sarah helps clients to protect and strategically develop their ideas, taking them from the concept stage through to commercialisation. She also provides commercial advice to Australian and international businesses, guiding clients through a range of business challenges including business acquisitions and disposals, corporate structuring, shareholder agreements and capital raisings.

   Sarah is a Partner at mdp Law, a contemporary and proactive commercial advisory, IP and patent law firm that assists clients to identify, structure, protect, commercialise and grow their business and IP. In this role, Sarah is responsible for the management of global trade mark portfolios for an extensive number of clients, including one of Australia’s most successful international artists. Sarah has particular expertise in the technology sector, assisting clients to protect and commercialise their copyright content and patented technology through the use of cloud computing and other online platforms. She also has substantial experience enforcing clients’ IP rights, having conducted litigation in the Federal Court of Australia relating to IP and consumer law claims. For commercial matters, Sarah has astute commercial acumen, providing legal advice within the context of a client’s business goals and desired outcomes. She has represented clients in the sale and purchase of several hotels, technology providers and professional services businesses, and acted to establish and grow numerous multinational businesses in the technology, manufacturing and entertainment sectors. Sarah is highly regarded for delivering holistic, practical and commerciallyfocused recommendations for her clients, always with an approachable style. 

   Outside the law, Sarah has an interest in the arts sector, where she has held a number of advisory and Board positions for not-for-profit organisations. She currently sits on the Referral Panel for the Arts Law Centre. She is also an accomplished musician and holds a Licentiate of Music diploma in piano performance. She is a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA) and the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ). Sarah has Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts degrees, with first class honours in English, as well as a Master of Laws from the University of NSW.

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.