Richard Hoad has nearly 25 years of experience advising clients in intellectual property (IP) and technology disputes and transactions.

Richard's practice focuses on dispute resolution in intellectual property, technology, franchising, and competition and consumer law matters. He also assists clients in responding to regulatory investigations in these areas.

Richard has advised clients in contentious patent matters across a broad spectrum of industries, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, chemicals, engineering, mining, safety equipment, genetically modified crops, motor vehicles, textiles, consumer goods, electronic devices, payment systems, and information systems.

Richard also has extensive experience in contentious trademark, passing off, trade secrets, registered design, copyright, consumer law, and franchising matters.

In addition to his contentious IP practice, Richard advises clients on intellectual property and technology transactions, the protection of intellectual property rights and trade secrets, trademark prosecution, and compliance with the Australian Consumer Law and the Franchising Code of Conduct. He also assists clients with the negotiation and drafting of research, collaboration, commercialization, franchise, distribution, and licensing agreements.

Richard was called to give evidence as an independent expert witness on Australian trademark and contract law in proceedings before the High Court in Singapore. His contentious and noncontentious intellectual property experience has been recognized in Chambers, The Legal 500, IP Stars, IAM Patent 1000, World Trademark Review's WTR 1000, Best Lawyers, AsiaLaw, and Doyle's Guide.

Richard is currently chair of the Intellectual Property Committee of the Law Council of Australia and is convenor of the Designs Subcommittee.


  • Moa Technology enters into research collaboration agreement with NufarmJones Day represented Moa Technology Ltd. in connection with a research collaboration agreement executed with Nufarm Limited, a publicly-traded Australian company.
  • Ansarada carves-out ESG, GRC and Board Products in connection with takeover by DatasiteJones Day is advising on the carve-out of Ansarada's ESG, GRC and Board Products to its founder Sam Riley, in connection with the takeover of Ansarada by Datasite.
  • WEG acquires industrial electric motors and generators business from Regal Rexnord CorporationJones Day advised WEG S.A. in the $400 million acquisition of the industrial electric motors and generators business of Regal Rexnord Corporation.
  • AURELIUS acquires The Body ShopJones Day advised private equity investor AURELIUS on its acquisition of The Body Shop from Natura & Co S.A.
  • Consilio acquires Lawyers on Demand and SYKEJones Day advised Consilio, Inc. in the acquisition of Lawyers On Demand (LOD), a provider of legal resourcing and SYKE, a legal technology consultancy from Bowmark Capital.
  • Intelligent Monitoring Group acquires ADT security businessJones Day advised ASX-listed Intelligent Monitoring Group Ltd on its A$45 million acquisition of the ADT security monitoring business in Australia and New Zealand (through the acquisition of Tyco Australia Group Pty Ltd) and the associated A$80 million acquisition finance facility and A$17 million equity raising undertaken by accelerated entitlement offer and a top-up placement.