Congratulations to our newly qualified patent attorneys, Duncan Joiner and Dr Leigh Guerin

Congratulations to our newest patent attorneys, Duncan Joiner and Leigh Guerin, who registered on 15 May 2015.

Duncan Joiner

Duncan started with POF in our Melbourne office in March 2012 after completing a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering (honours) and a Bachelor of Laws (honours) at Monash University. As part of his law studies, Duncan spent two semesters of this degree studying abroad at Monash University’s campus in Prato, Italy. Duncan’s academic achievements include his publication in the Journal of Applied Optics for his research into the characterisation of liquid surface acoustic waves using laser optical diffraction methods, and his role as an Assistant Research Engineer at the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC).

Duncan is an invaluable member of POF’s Engineering team, with expertise in physics, aerospace, automotive, civil, material, mechanical and nautical engineering.

Duncan also qualified as a trade marks attorney in July 2014.

Dr Leigh Guerin

Leigh started with POF in our Adelaide office in July 2011 following on from his PhD in Medicine and Immunology and work as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the department of Stem Cells and Regenerative Biology and Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University. Leigh has liaised and collaborated with researchers and research teams across a multitude of research facilities including Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston), Dana Farber Cancer Centre (Boston), University of Adelaide, Hanson Institute and the University of South Australia.

Leigh is an invaluable member of POF’s Chemistry and Life Sciences team and has experience with a large range of biomedical technologies including diagnostics, methods of therapeutic treatment and both protein and peptide therapeutics. He also has a strong research background in immunology and mechanisms of immune tolerance, reproductive technologies and developmental biology.

From everyone at POF, congratulations to Duncan and Leigh 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.