Congratulations to our newly qualified patent and trade marks attorney, Dr Annabella Newton!

Bella proudly presents her certificates down DNA Drive at the Melbourne office!
Bella proudly presents her certificates down DNA Drive at the Melbourne office!

Congratulations to our newest patent and trade marks attorney, Dr Annabella Newton, who registered on 11 March 2016.

Annabella started with POF in our Melbourne office in February 2013 following on from her work as a postdoctoral fellow at CSIRO. During this time, she collaborated with the University of Melbourne on an organic chemistry project, applying continuous flow processing methods to the synthesis of bioactive small molecules. She also worked with the University of Sydney on a green chemistry project focused on converting biomass into chemicals and materials.

Annabella completed her undergraduate studies at the University of East Anglia in the UK, where she carried out a final year research project in organic synthesis and graduated with a Masters of Chemistry with Honours. She went on to study a PhD in alkaloid natural product synthesis at the University of Nottingham. Her PhD research was sponsored by AstraZeneca and she spent four months working in their Process Chemistry team. After a short postdoctoral stint at Nottingham, Annabella relocated to Melbourne in 2010 and joined CSIRO.

Annabella’s research work has been published in several high-impact journals. She is also an active member of the RACI’s Women in Chemistry and Bioactive Discovery & Development groups

Annabella says “I am very excited to reach this milestone. I look forward to continuing to assist our innovative clients with their intellectual property needs.” With expertise in Chemistry, Life Sciences, Materials Science and Pharmaceuticals, Annabella is an invaluable member of POF’s Chemistry and Life Sciences team.

From everyone at POF, congratulations to Annabella on this significant achievement!

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.