Jones Day has hired intellectual property partner Andrew Rankine in Sydney from Ashurst.

Rankine represents pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies on patent, trade secrets and licensing related disputes. Clients he represented include San Diego-based medical device developer ResMed Inc. and Sydney-based hearing implant provider Cochlear Ltd.

Before practicing law, Rankine spent years researching in oncology and immunology. He holds degrees in biological science, and medicine and surgery from the University of New South Wales.

Rankine was with Ashurst via legacy Blake Dawson since 2012, with a half-a-year stint in 2015 at the legacy Australian firm DibbsBarker—which was largely absorbed by Dentons last year. He made partner in 2017.

“Andrew’s arrival sends a clear message that Jones Day remains committed to providing our clients access to the top-tier IP legal talent in the region,” said Chris Ahern, partner-in-charge of Jones Day in Australia. Besides Rankine in Sydney, the other IP partner in Australia is Lisa Taliadoros in Melbourne, who heads the Australia IP practice.

Jones Day has been expanding in Australia in recent years, opening offices in Melbourne in January last year, Brisbane in 2016 and Perth in 2014. In November 2018, the global giant recruited another Ashurst partner, energy and resources transactional lawyer Adam Conway, in Perth.

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