Simon Gapes

Simon Gapes is a lawyer and trade marks attorney based in Melbourne.

Simon specialises in trade marks with a practice that spans both contentious and non-contentious trade mark work, including: 

  • Global trade mark portfolio management and brand protection strategies, including trade mark clearance and adoption advice; 
  • Australia, New Zealand and international trade mark filing and prosecution;  
  • Prosecuting and defending trade mark opposition and removal actions in Australia, New Zealand and internationally; 
  • Trade mark infringement advice and representation; 
  • Drafting and negotiating worldwide consent, coexistence and settlement agreements; 
  • Domain name portfolio management and advising on domain name availability;  
  • Prosecuting and defending domain name disputes including through the auDA, the UDRP and the NZ DNC; 
  • Advising on Customs and border protection;  
  • Providing trade mark and branding training to in-house legal and marketing teams 


  • Bachelor of Laws – Victoria University of New Zealand (2005)  
  • Bachelor of Arts – Victoria University of New Zealand (2005)  
  • Registered Trade Mark Attorney (2014)