Congratulations to our new Partners, Senior Associates and Associate

We are proud to announce five new promotions from 1 July, 2015.

Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick (POF) has appointed two new Partners, two new Senior Associates and a new Associate.

Managing Partner Graham Cowin says, “We congratulate each of our new Partners, Senior Associates and Associate on their career milestone.  It is a well-deserved recognition of the technical and professional expertise they offer to our valued clients.  The strong growth we are undergoing has placed increased demands on these talented young Attorneys, and it is wonderful to witness their positive reaction and contribution to that growth.  I look forward to each of them being an integral part of the future leadership of the firm.”Blue Balloons

We are pleased to announce the following Partner appointments:

Dr Scott Whitmore BSc PhD MIP FIPTA – Scott has been with POF since 2008 and has over 14 years’ experience dealing with IP matters in the biotechnology field. He also has over ten years of academic and commercial research experience in biotechnology and life sciences in general. Scott’s research and PhD studies focussed on disease gene identification, primarily in the field of cancer. He also worked for an Australian biotechnology company managing IP portfolios. Scott advises clients on all aspects of securing and enforcing IP rights.

Dr Mark Wickham BSc(Hons) MCommrclLaw PhD – Mark joined POF in 2007 following his doctoral work at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne and a fellowship in Vancouver. Mark has extensive experience in biologics, pharmaceuticals and agricultural biotechnology. Mark majored in genetics and biochemistry, and his PhD focussed on the molecular and cell biology of malaria. Mark collaborates with clients to develop strategies for obtaining intellectual property rights appropriate to their commercial interests, target markets and manufacturing needs.

Our two new Senior Associates are:

Mark Williams BCSE(Hons) MIP FIPTA – Mark has been with POF since 2002 and has considerable experience in drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the fields of electronic devices, electronic gaming machines, online transactions and payment systems, anti-virus software, computer implemented inventions, business methods and mobile 3GPP/LTE standards. Mark also assists clients in obtaining trade mark protection.

Raffaele Calabrese BEng(Elec&ElectEng) MEng MIP FIPTA – Raffaele joined POF as an Associate in 2011 and has a technical background in electrical and electronic engineering. He has a Master’s degree in Engineering specialising in information technology and telecommunications. Raffaele has significant professional experience in protecting inventions relating to telecommunications, computer implemented inventions, software, business processes, and medical devices.

We welcome the following Associate appointment:

Michelle Betschart LLB/LP(Hons) BSc LLM (IP) – Michelle joined POF in 2008 and she advises both local and overseas clients on all aspects of trade mark registerability and protection. Prior to joining POF, Michelle worked as a lawyer for a large medical institute as well as the South Australian Government. Michelle has also completed a Master of Laws at the University of Melbourne.

Congratulations to our new appointments!

Graham Cowin, Consultant

Graham Cowin, Former POF Attorney


Graham joined POF in 1975, heralding the beginning of a long and successful career. He achieved his professional registration as a Patent and Trade Marks Attorney in 1978 and, as a key member of our Engineering team,  Graham honed his patent specification drafting skills working extensively with Australian-based clients.