The intellectual property arm of leading Australian firm Freehill Hollingdale & Page is to merge with niche practice Carter Smith & Beadle.
Freehill Patent Attorneys (FPA) will join forces with Carter Smith at the beginning of May to form Freehills Carter Smith Beadle.
The new firm will have 27 partners out of a total 87 fee-earners.
Peter Hay, national executive chairman of Freehills, says: "The combined strength of the two organisations will double the size of our practices and put us in the top league of patent attorney firms in Australia."
The firm will remain closely associated to Freehills. It will provide patent and trademark advice for all industry sectors but will pay particular attention to emerging technologies.
Hay says: "Intellectual property issues are central to meeting the new business opportunities brought about through growth sectors."