Spruson & Ferguson Australia gets new principal in promotions round

Several lawyers at the firm were also launched into senior roles

Spruson & Ferguson Australia gets new principal in promotions round

Spruson & Ferguson Australia has added a new principal to its ranks following a recent IPH promotions cycle.

Jason Manakis practises with the EICT team. He brings over a decade of patent attorney experience.

He has drafted and prosecuted Australian and foreign patent and design applications, advised on issues related to patentability, validity, and infringement, and conducted patent oppositions. He has managed patent portfolios for large multi-nationals in mining and mechanical engineering.

Manakis is joined by the following newly promoted lawyers:

Special counsel

  • Stuart Hughes, legal
  • Dr David Hvasanov, CLS
  • Dr Ken Johnstone, CLS
  • Dr Matthew Stewart, CLS
  • Dr Jon Wright, CLS

Senior associate

  • Lan Pham, trade marks
  • Chelsea Peters, trade marks
  • Chi Pu, EICT
  • Danielle Spath, trade marks


  • Steven Banos, trade marks
  • Dr James Beckett, CLS
  • Madeline Connolly, trade marks
  • Peter Matalanis, EICT
  • Dr Yuchen Yao, CLS

In total, IPH elevated 52 throughout its global offices.

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