Anthony Franklin SC

Year Of Call:
South Africa 1982 (Took silk in 1996)
Australia 1998 (Took silk in 2003)
UK 2002 (Lincoln's Inn)

Areas of Practice:
Intellectual Property
Trade Practices

Commercial Law
Professional Negligence
Information Technology

Anthony Franklin SC is an intellectual property barrister with extensive international experience. He was called to the bar in South Africa in 1982 where he practised until 1998, taking silk in 1996. Since 1998 he has been a member of the NSW Bar, taking silk in 2003. He is also a member of the London Bar.

Principal practice areas

  • Intellectual Property advice and litigation -- Patents, trade marks, copyright and registered designs, trade secrets and confidential information.
  • Trade Practices.


University of Witwatersrand -- BA LLB; Claude Franks Memorial Prize - top student (Jurisprudence and Conflict of Laws)

Career highlights

In South Africa Anthony has appeared in a large number of leading copyright, trade mark and patent cases. From the early 90s he appeared in more than two thirds of the reported patent cases. He came to Australia in 1998 as one of South Africa's leading intellectual property senior counsel.

In Australia he has established a substantial intellectual property practice, with a particular emphasis on patent litigation, but including copyright, trade marks and designs. He was granted silk by the NSW Bar Association in 2003.

In 2004 to 2005 he practised in London as a member of Hogarth Chambers in Lincoln's Inn, one of the UK's leading intellectual property sets of barristers. He returned to Sydney at the end of 2005, although he continues to take briefs in South Africa and the UK.

Throughout Anthony’s practice his main specialism has been patent litigation. He has appeared in a large number of reported patent cases in diverse fields including pharmaceutical (biotechnology and organic chemistry), engineering (mechanical, mining, chemical and electrical), gaming technology and consumer goods.

Anthony also takes briefs in other fields and he has appeared in a variety of general commercial cases often involving contractual disputes in areas of complicated technology. He also advises on aspects of the law in relation to Information Technology.

Anthony has experience in professional negligence claims including a Federal Court claim by a major construction company against one of the big accounting firms and by a client against its former patent litigation solicitors.

Professional memberships


  • The Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand;
  • The Copyright Society;
  • The Intellectual Property Committee of the Law Council


  • Door Tenant of Hogarth Chambers, 5 New Square, Lincoln's Inn

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