Chrystal Dare Partner

Chrystal has over 15 years’ experience as an intellectual property litigator and advisor, specialising in copyright, trade marks, misleading conduct, designs, domains, GIs and other international issues in IP across sectors including technology, FMCG, health, energy and resources, the arts, and luxury goods.

Chrystal is passionate about brand and has protected some of the world’s most well-known international trade marks and a wide range of significant Australian brands.  Her copyright advisory and disputes experience includes work relating to digital platforms and emerging technologies, as well as traditional copyright in art, photographs and literary works.  

Chrystal’s experience includes advising and speaking locally and internationally on First Nations IP issues and the emerging area of Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP).

Chrystal was named in Doyles’ Guide to Intellectual Property as a “rising star” in each of 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023.



Commonwealth of Australia

Acted for the artist/rights-holder, Harold Thomas, in assigning copyright in the Australian Aboriginal flag to the Commonwealth of Australia in a $20 million negotiated copyright deal.

Zip Co.

Acted for international fintech company Zip in large stakes trade mark litigation in the Federal Court.

Video game based media

Successful copyright and Australian Consumer Law case, being one of leading copyright decisions on authorisation infringement and parody/satire.

Large US-based media and entertainment company

Prevailed in Federal Court litigation preventing launch of an unauthorised metaverse.

Triangl Limited

Successful Federal Court trade mark litigation and a leading decision in the Australian fashion industry regarding use of style names as trade mark use.


Career & qualifications


  • Masters of Intellectual Property Law (MIPLaw), The University of Melbourne


  • Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV)
  • Association Internationale des Juristes du Droit de la Vigne et du Vin (the International Wine Law Association, the AIDV)
  • International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
  • The Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ)
  • Copyright Society of Australia

International Experience

  • Speaker at the Global Soft Power Summit in London 2023 | Themes: the roles of sustainability, media, and sports in developing soft power