Mr David Shavin QC

The Victorian Bar Inc


David Shavin QC has practised as a barrister since 1978, and a Queens Counsel since 1993, primarily in the fields of Patent Law, Intellectual Property and Competition Law in Australia and New Zealand. He appears regularly in the federal courts in Australia and in New Zealand, in trial and appellate work.

His patent work has focussed primarily on the life sciences and technology, especially computer implemented inventions, in infringement and validity proceedings and in AIPO and IPONZ. He has also conducted many competition cases in both Australia and New Zealand relating to the abuse of market power.

In recent years, he has been involved in several key cases developing, in the Australian Federal Courts and in the Australian High Court, the boundaries of patent eligible subject matter (manner of manufacture) in the context, topical for this Forum, of isolated nucleic acids (Myriad), computer implemented inventions (Aristocrat) and AI (DABUS).