Dr Anton Hughes

Dr Anton Hughes – Barrister


Professional Biography and Experience

Dr Anton Hughes has a broad practice with a focus on intellectual property. He has a strong background as a legal academic, coming to the practice of law after completing a PhD in patent law. Dr Hughes’ thesis looked at the complex issue of whether software should be patentable, and built on his previous career as a computer programmer, developing enterprise-grade web applications. Dr Hughes has authored a number of academic articles, and is in the process of turning his thesis into a monograph.

Having completed a PhD in patent law, Dr Hughes worked as a judge’s associate and then as a criminal law solicitor, where he developed his advocacy skills in a high volume environment.

Since coming to the bar, Dr Hughes has appeared in a number of patent matters, including as a junior Research Affiliates v Commissioner of Patents, an appeal to the Full Federal Court considering the patentability of business methods.

Dr Hughes regularly appears in a range of jurisdictions, including the District Court, Supreme Court, Federal Court and Family Court. Dr Hughes appears in IP, commercial law and criminal law matters.

Dr. Hughes specialises in Intellectual Property, Communications and Media, Commercial and Criminal law.


BEng Bachelor of Engineering (University of Queensland)
LLB Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (University of Tasmania))
GradCertCommercialisation Graduate Certificate in Commercialisation (University of Tasmania)
PhD Doctor of Philosopy in Patent Law ( University of Tasmania)
NSW Bar Association LogoMemberships

Member, Bar Association of NSW http://www.nswbar.asn.au
Contact Details

Please contact us on 8233 0300 or 4254 5312

Email: a.hughes@mauricebyers.com

Selected Publications

“In Defence of Patentable Subject Matter” paper presented to the Legalwise Annual Patents and Trade Marks Conference, UNSW CBD Campus, Sydney, 25 June 2014
Case Brief: Bilski v Kappos (2010) 20 Journal of Law, Information and Science 229
Avoiding the Software Patent Problem: An Alternative Fix For TRIPS Junkies(2007) 14(1) E-Law Journal 100
Exploring the Parameters of the Gene Patent Debate (2004) 8(2) Journal of South Pacific Law 3
A Virtual Legal Community: An Online Support Network for Pacific Legal Professionals, Paper delivered to the Law via the Internet Conference, Port Vila, Vanuatu, 2005
A Comment on Software, Patents, Innovation and Openness (2003) 14 Journal of Law, Information and Science 7


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