Watermark companies are incorporated entities owned by IPH Limited, a public company that is the holding company for a number of intellectual property professional services and adjacent businesses operating under different brands across the Asia-Pacific region.

For the purposes of the Australian and New Zealand Code of Conduct for Trans-Tasman Patent and Trade Marks Attorneys 2018, Watermark Intellectual Property Pty Ltd is an incorporated registered patent and trade mark attorney, and a member of an ‘ownership group’ within the meaning of the Code.

The ownership group comprises Watermark Intellectual Property Pty Ltd (ACN 614 214 390), Watermark Intellectual Property Lawyers Pty Ltd (ACN 119 957 443), Shelston IP Pty Ltd, Shelston IP Lawyers Pty Ltd, GH PTM Pty Ltd and GH Law Pty Ltd (Griffith Hack), Pizzeys Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys Pty Ltd, Spruson & Ferguson Pty Limited, Spruson & Ferguson Lawyers Pty Ltd, AJ Park IP Limited (and affiliated company AJ Park Law Limited) and Glasshouse Advisory Pty Ltd. Additional incorporated patent and trade mark attorney entities operating as ‘Pizzeys’ and ‘Spruson & Ferguson’ form part of the IPH Ltd group outside Australia and New Zealand.

Information on all legal entities forming part of the IPH Limited group is available here.

Group Relationships

Each of the IPH group professional services attorney businesses of Watermark, Shelston IP, Griffith Hack, Pizzeys, AJ Park and Spruson & Ferguson operate independently from one another in the provision to clients of attorney professional services.*

*A group business may in some cases engage or be engaged by another group business as a foreign agent or lawyer.

For more information on the key principles to which each IPH group business adheres with respect to independence, appropriate disclosure of group relationships and the management of actual or potential conflicts of interest see our Group Relationships Statement.