About Us

Xenith IP Group Limited is the holding company for a group of entities providing a broad range of intellectual property (IP) services and advice.

The Group currently comprises:

  • Griffith HackOpens in new window - Griffith Hack is a multi-award winning IP firm with a legacy stretching back more than 100 years. With offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, Griffith Hack is one of Australia’s largest filers of patents and trade marks and provides a comprehensive range of domestic and international services relating to protection, management, commercialisation and enforcement of IP rights.
  • Shelston IPOpens in new window  - Established in 1859, Shelston IP is one of the oldest, largest and most respected specialist intellectual property firms in Australia. The firm’s trade mark attorneys, patent attorneys and IP lawyers provide services and advice relating to the protection, management, commercialisation and enforcement of intellectual property – locally and internationally.
  • WatermarkOpens in new window - Watermark provides expert advice on intellectual asset management to deliver greater value for clients from their intellectual assets. The firm was founded by Edward Waters, widely acknowledged as the father of the IP profession in Australia, in 1859 and has offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. Its lawyers and attorneys align the IP needs of clients with their business objectives to drive profit and growth.
  • Xenith IP Services Pty Limited, an entity providing shared services to the Group.

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The Group provides a comprehensive range of IP services and advice including identification, registration, management, commercialisation, valuation and enforcement of IP rights for a broad spectrum of local and international clients. While the Group primarily provides IP services in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, the Group services clients throughout the world, through an extensive international network of specialist associate IP firms.

Market Position and Clients

Xenith has a leading position in the Australian IP market, holding a number one market position on several key metrics for patents, trade marks and designs in Australia.

Xenith represents more than 11,000 active clients ranging from some of the world’s largest multinational corporations, public sector research and tertiary educational institutions, through to SMEs, innovative start-up companies and entrepreneurs. The client base is highly diversified by geographies, service lines and industry. Long term client relationships, supported by dedicated and passionate professionals across a full spectrum service offering, are cornerstones of the Xenith Group’s success.


The Group currently employs over 400 personnel, including approximately 175 IP professionals (patent attorneys, trade mark attorneys and IP lawyers). The Group’s professionals bring the benefit of highly specialised business, legal and technical qualifications and expertise. Many of the Group’s patent professionals hold PhDs or Masters degrees across a range of science and engineering disciplines including physics, electronics, computer science, information technology and telecommunications, biotechnology, organic and inorganic chemistry, and mechanical, chemical, civil, electrical and mining engineering.

Purpose and Business Objectives

The Group’s purpose is the protection, management and commercialisation of intellectual assets to support the business strategies and commercial success of its clients.

In support of this purpose, the Group’s primary objective is to consolidate and grow its position as a leading provider of IP and related services in Australia, New Zealand and other secondary IP markets, representing the world’s largest, fastest-growing, most innovative and most successful companies and research institutes.

These objectives are underpinned by the Group’s highly specialised teams of dedicated professional and support staff, advanced technology platforms, and core values which include client focus, responsiveness, integrity, teamwork, innovation and professional excellence.