Brett Shandler is an associate in the IP Litigation Practice Group at Kirkland & Ellis.

Having a background in biomedical sciences, Brett acts in patent litigation and life science regulatory matters involving pharmaceuticals, biologics (including biosimilars), genetic technologies and medical devices.

Brett also acts in high-tech matters, and has a particular interest in IP and antitrust issues arising in the context of SEP licensing and FRAND royalty disputes.

Brett has experience acting in complex damages enquiries and in multi-jurisdictional disputes involving cross-border co-ordination. He has acted in patent matters conducted in a range of forums in the UK and Australia, and has also assisted in an ITC section 337 proceeding.

In 2017 and 2018, Brett was recognised by Lawyers Weekly Australia as one of the top intellectual property lawyers under the age of thirty.


Thought Leadership


“Patent Litigation 2021: Trends and Developments”, Chambers and Partners Practice Guides, 2021. (co-author) 

“Lawyer reactions: Unwired Planet ‘brings certainty’”, Intellectual Property Magazine, 27 August 2020. (quoted)

“Bombshell IP Ruling Could Start Race to International Courthouses”, Law.com, 27 August 2020. (quoted)

“Patent Litigation 2020: Trends and Developments”, Chambers and Partners Practice Guides, 2020. (co-author)

“Setting Global Licence Rates for Standard Essential Patents: Will the UK Take Centre Stage?” Financier Worldwide Magazine, January 2020. (co-author)

“Four IP Takeaways from Novartis’ $9.7 Billion Acquisition of The Medicines Company”, IAM Magazine, 28 November 2019. (quoted)

“The Hon. Randall R. Rader on ‘The Future of the Patent System’”, AIPPI e-news, 2017.

“Australian Federal Court Prevents Registration of the Word ‘Yellow’ As Trade Mark”, The IPKat, 2016.

“The Patentability of Diagnostic Methods”, Australasian Biotechnology, Vol 26(3), 2016. (co-author)


Co-presenter, “Hot Topics in Patent Litigation - A Practitioner’s View”, Intellectual Property Law Discussion Group, University of Oxford, 2019.

Memberships & Affiliations

International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)

Law Society of New South Wales (Australia)


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2016, Admitted to the High Court of Australia
  • 2016, Admitted to Practice as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia


  • English
  • Hebrew


  • University of OxfordPostgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and PracticeMerit2020
  • University of MelbourneLL.M.2019
  • University of MelbourneJ.D.2016
  • Georgetown University Law Center, Center for Transnational Legal Studies, LondonTransnational Legal Studies2015
  • Monash UniversityBachelor of Biomedical Science2012