Julian Stephens practises in the area of complex commercial law and litigation, with emphasis on intellectual property, competition and consumer law, franchising, defamation, technology and computer law. Julian was the founding partner of the law firm which is now Stephens Lawyers & Consultants. Prior to establishing the firm, he worked as a lawyer in Victoria, Western Australia and Northern Territory advocating indigenous rights.
Since 1983 he has been an advocate for companies dealing with theft, counterfeiting, piracy, unauthorised use and other infringement of their intellectual property, technology or products.
Julian Stephens has extensive commercial litigation experience with emphasis on consumer law and corporate/contractual issues and matters involving copyright, patents or trade mark infringement and unauthorised use of confidential information. He has been involved in leading cases in the field, including appeals to the High Court of Australia in Autodesk Inc. and Autodesk Australia v. Dyason and Data Access Corporation v. Powerflex. Julian has also published and delivered papers in this field in Australia and overseas.
Julian Stephens is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria and the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand. He is the former President and Vice-President of the Australian American Association.