A top Australian intellectual property lawyer who is a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills’ Australian IP relationship firm has been charged with indecent assault, according to Australian and international media reports.
Carl Harrap, 40, allegedly attacked a 20-year-old woman on the morning of Dec. 28 on a jogging track near Sydney’s north shore. He was tackled by people nearby and arrested by local police after allegedly jumping out of bushes and grabbing the young jogger’s crotch. A local police spokesperson said Harrap was charged with “assault with act of indecency.” He was later released on conditional bail but is required to appear at a local court on Jan. 18.
Harrap is a principal with FPA Patent Attorneys. The IP specialist firm, previously known as Freehills Patent Attorneys, was spun off from legacy Australian firm Freehills before its merger with London-based Herbert Smith in 2012. FPA and Herbert Smith Freehills maintain an exclusive referral relationship in which the former handles noncontentious IP matters from patent filing to opposition petitions and the latter deals with litigation.
Harrap himself specializes in patent opposition cases, having both defended and attacked patents on behalf of clients before the Australian Patent Office. He also provides infringement and validity advice for litigation cases and works with litigators at Herbert Smith Freehills.
Harrap also used to practice at Herbert Smith Freehills before joining FPA in July 2013. He joined legacy Freehills from New Zealand IP firm Baldwins in 2006 and stayed through the merger with Herbert Smith in October 2012.
Sydney-based defense lawyer Joseph Nashed is representing Harrap, according to Sydney-based tabloid The Daily Telegraph .
When asked whether Harrap will continue practicing with the firm, FPA said it respects the legal process and privacy of the individuals involved, and will not comment until this case has been resolved. Harrap is still listed on the firm’s website.
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