Julian Stephens is a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Courts of Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia and the Northern Territory and is admitted to practice in the High Court of Australia. A graduate of the University of Melbourne in Law and Arts, Julian is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria, the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc., and is a member of the Law Institute Committee for Trade Practices and Intellectual Property. He is the former President and Vice-President of the Australian American Association.
Julian Stephens was admitted to practice in 1975 in Victoria, and established the firm of Stephens Lawyers eight years later. Julian practices extensively in the area of complex commercial law, with emphasis on intellectual property, competition and consumer law, franchising, technology and computer law.
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 has an extensive commercial litigation practice 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.