Partner, DLA Piper
Melinda has years of experience acting for companies across a range of sectors including building materials, construction, fashion and retail, hospitality and leisure, real estate and technology. Melinda is across all aspects of intellectual property asset protection, compliance, exploitation and enforcement and works with clients side by side with her corporate, financial services and insolvency colleagues on the acquisition, divestment, development and exploitation of intellectual property assets and has specific experience in restructuring intellectual property assets. Melinda regularly presents on protecting and maximising the value of intellectual property assets including on trade mark rights, design rights, advertising, passing off, corporate branding and rebranding strategies and dispute resolution procedures
Melinda is the Head of DLA Piper’s Intellectual Property & Technology practice in Australia. Melinda is the Chair of our Leadership Alliance for Women (LAW) Committee in Australia and Co-Chair’s our global LAW. Melinda has played an active role in the mentoring and development of women over many years. She believes strongly in the female talent we have within corporate and government organisations across Australia and is passionate about the need to ensure that our leadership population better reflects the depth and breadth of this talent.
Melinda is listed as a recommended lawyer in Intellectual Property in the World Trade Mark Review since 2011. Commentators brand her as a ‘highly efficient and active partner with strong client skills and “maintaining a consistent standard of excellence”. The “fabulous” Melinda Upton has made impressive strides in developing the practice group during her two years at the helm; she shines as a “difference-maker” in the areas of brand strategy, portfolio management and enforcement. From 2009, Melinda has been listed as a “recommended lawyer” in the Intellectual Property category of Legal 500 Asia Pacific and described as delivering “a practical and complete answer which doesn’t require extensive research and unnecessary expense”. Melinda was recently recognised as a notable practitioner by Chambers Global 2016.
Melinda has also been an NSW MS Angels Committee member since 2012 .and has also been a Director of the Arts Health Institute Board Committee since June 2016.
When Melinda isn’t working, you’ll find her enjoying backyard cricket with her family, on the tennis court or doing “the bay” with one of her running friends.