John Gray

Partner

Qualifications: LLB (Hons), BA

Industries

Practices

John is a senior corporate and commercial lawyer who has specialised in technology and intellectual property law for over 25 years. He is a partner in the Corporate and Commercial team at Hall & Wilcox.

John advises clients on commercial transactions and legal disputes in the fields of IT, telecommunications and media. His expertise covers all the legal issues associated with the use of technology in business and government, including licensing, privacy and data protection, copyright, branding and e-payments.

Known for his hands-on and pragmatic approach, and his ability to find solutions to legal and commercial issues, John is a seasoned practitioner in the IT market and often acts for governments and financial institutions in relation to major IT projects.

He is widely recognised for his expertise, having been ranked in the 2009 - 2019 editions of The Best Lawyers in Australia, being named Sydney's ‘Lawyer of the Year’ for Information Technology in 2012 and for Outsourcing in 2017. He is also a recommended lawyer in Doyles Guide in their 2019 list of Leading Technology, Media and Telecommunications Lawyers, and is a ranked lawyer in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2020 Guide for TMT: Information Technology.

Experience

  • Acting for an unlisted Australian property fund on the procurement of a major new IT system for the management of its extensive property portfolio.
  • Acting for both suppliers and consumers of non-cash payment services and related technology, including:
    • acting for a major Australian bank in relation to the procurement of the various computer systems behind the electronic payment services it offers to its merchant clients;
    • negotiating credit card, debit card and Apple Pay issuing agreements on behalf of banks and other financial institutions;
    • drafting and negotiating payment gateway services agreements for a new Australian payment services company; and
    • negotiating merchant acquiring and transaction processing agreements on behalf of a global service provider.
  • Acting for the NSW Government in numerous IT and telecommunications projects, including:
    • the negotiation of a large-scale software licensing transaction for Transport for NSW; and
    • the procurement of cloud services, computer systems and networks for the Department of Customer Service.
  • Advising Australia’s largest independent actuarial firm on intellectual property issues, including the methodologies it uses to perform data analytics and the rich data sets it owns and licenses.
  • Acting for a global insurance business on its Australian privacy obligations and in relation to transactions involving the white labelling of its insurance products.
  • On behalf of a listed healthcare solutions company, negotiating the contracts to purchase artificial intelligence technologies embedded within a pain assessment app.
  • Advising a New South Wales local council on its use of architectural concept designs for a community swimming centre, where the designs were submitted as part of a discontinued tendering process.
  • Advising a not-for-profit organisation on an agreement with the Federal Department of Human Services to provide counselling services for trauma victims, and the protection of its intellectual property rights in counselling manuals and training materials.
  • Securing trade mark protection for a dementia research foundation at the University of NSW.

Recognition

Best Lawyers in Australia 2009 - 2021
Partner – Commercial Law, Corporate Law, Information Technology Law, Intellectual Property Law, Outsourcing Law, Privacy and Data Security Law, Telecommunications Law

Professional Membership

  • Law Society NSW
  • Communications and Media Lawyers Association (CAMLA)

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COVID-19 Thinking | 19 Jun 2020

Fighting the coronavirus with Artificial Intelligence: how to solve IP issues on the way to a vaccine

The scale and intensity of the COVID-19 pandemic have demanded urgent solutions to the problems of detection, diagnosis, treatment and support for front-line healthcare workers. Unsurprisingly, artificial intelligence or AI has been enlisted to find these solutions, with some notable early successes. Our Technology and Intellectual Property team examines the progress we have made so far and addresses how researchers can claim intellectual property protection over AI-generated solutions to problems created by COVID-19.