Effective protection for your invention should be flexible, robust and align with your commercial objectives. Our patent attorneys take the time to understand what you are trying to accomplish, as well as the particulars of your invention to ensure your valuable intellectual property (IP) is protected.

We have the technical qualifications, experience and commercial acumen to assist you with your patent application in any technology or sector. We welcome the opportunity to find out more about your idea and discuss how we can assist you.

BEng(Hons) FIPTA

Greg is a chemical engineer and has worked as a patent attorney with Australian SMEs for more than 30 years. Greg’s broad range of engineering experience sees him active in a range of technologies, from mining, mineral processing and mechanical engineering, to general chemistry, surface coatings, optics and materials engineering. Greg also handles a broad range of trade mark work for his Australian clients.

BBiomed MEng MIPLaw

Michelle has a background in biomedical science and a master’s degree specialising in biomedical engineering. During her undergraduate study, Michelle completed an internship at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research investigating colorectal cancer protein mutations in the Wnt signalling pathway. Her master’s project was completed with the Bionics Institute, focusing on automated processing of histological images to assess neuron viability. After completing her studies, Michelle held a position as a Biomedical Engineer at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne.

MSci, PhD MIPLaw

James has had a longstanding interest in IP after stints working in academic and industrial settings.  He enjoys interacting with inventors to aid them in finding success in their commercial journey.  He has experience in drafting, advising on, and prosecuting patents over a wide scope of technologies in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and at the USPTO.  He has further experience in managing a large patent portfolio throughout South East Asia.  He has a general enthusiasm for all things science with a particular emphasis in chemical and medicinal inventions.

BEng(Elec&ElectEng) MEng MIP FIPTA

Raffaele has a background in electrical and electronic engineering, and a master’s degree in engineering specialising in information technology and telecommunications. He has had over ten years of professional experience in protecting inventions relating to ICT, software and engineering.


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.

BSc(Hons) PhD

Justin is a registered patent attorney who has over 30 years of experience in biotechnology, including over 15 years’ experience in securing and enforcing IP rights. He has over 15 years academic experience in general. Justin majored in biochemistry and organic chemistry. He holds a First Class Honours in Biochemistry and a PhD in Molecular Biology, both from the University of Adelaide.


Ray is the firm’s Chemistry and Life Sciences team coordinator. He has drafting experience in pharmaceuticals, drug delivery, polymers, agrochemicals, nanotechnology, mining chemicals and cosmetics.


Brad is a civil engineer and deals with inventions across a range of technology areas including civil, transportation, geotechnical, solar and marine engineering. He has extensive experience in intellectual property (IP) both in Australia and in foreign jurisdictions, and provides his clients with practical IP advice on a diverse range of issues.

BMedPharmBiotech(1st Class Hons) PhD MIPLaw

Prior to joining Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick, Leigh worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard University in the department of Stem Cells and Regenerative Biology and the department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. Leigh has liaised and collaborated with researchers and research teams across a multitude of research facilities, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston), Dana Farber Cancer Centre (Boston), University of Adelaide, Hanson Institute and the University of South Australia.

Dr David Hvasanov, Former POF Attorney


David has experience in drafting and prosecution of patent applications in chemistry and applied chemistry both in Australia and overseas. He has drafted and prosecuted applications in a range of fields including mining technologies, nanoscale drug delivery systems, plasticisers, paint compositions, pharmaceuticals and cement technologies.


Neil is a partner in the Chemistry and Life Sciences practice group. He has 20 years’ patenting experience across a wide range of chemical technologies, with particular expertise in pharmaceutically active small molecules, polymers and nanotechnology. He specialises in the drafting and prosecution of patent applications in the pharmaceutical and specialty chemicals areas, where he assists clients in obtaining patent protection in Australia and other jurisdictions of interest.


Saskia has over 15 years’ experience in intellectual property (IP), and has extensive experience in preparing patent specifications, multi-jurisdictional patent prosecution and providing patentability and FTO opinions across a range of technologies including electronic devices, renewable energy, telecommunications, microelectromechanical structures, spectroscopic equipment, analytical instrumentation, optical security devices, signal processing, medical devices, software and FinTech.

BAeroEng (Hons) LLB (Hons), LLM (IP)

Duncan completed a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering (Honours) majoring in aircraft propulsion, and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) majoring in copyright laws at Monash University. During the final year of his engineering studies, Duncan was published in the Journal of Applied Optics for his research into the characterisation of liquid surface acoustic waves using laser optical diffraction methods.

Kathy Leviton, Former POF Attorney


After graduating in 1982, Kathy worked in the field of water and waste water analysis. Subsequently she worked at Warner Lambert, pharmaceutical manufacturers, in the quality control laboratories as well as preparing documentation for the drug registration process.


Following graduation, Andrew gained two years’ industrial experience as an engineer in the packaging industry, before commencing with Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick in 1989. He has almost 30 years’ intellectual property (IP) experience in the mechanical and civil engineering fields.

BEng(Elec)(Hons) FIPTA

Ross began his professional career as a Technical Assistant with Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick (POF) in 1987. In 1991, he moved to Europe where he worked with The Swatch Group in Switzerland as an in-house patent attorney. After returning to Australia in the late 90s, Ross worked as a patent and trademarks attorney before re-joining POF as a Partner in 2006.

BEng(Hons) FIPTA

Davin leads both the designs and sustainability & clean technologies teams. He joined Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick in 1992 and gained several years’ experience in patent and design searching in our information systems department.

Amanda Morton, Trainee Patent Attorney

Amanda Morton, Former POF Attorney

BEng (Chem)(Hons), LLB

Amanda previously worked for an intellectual property (IP) commercialisation company that uses private and public investment to develop new spin-out ventures sourced primarily from research partners, such as universities and Crown Research Institutes. She worked as an IP researcher on a variety of projects predominately in the areas of chemical and food engineering.


Annabella is a registered patent and trade marks attorney specialising in the chemical sciences. She is particularly interested in the strategic role of intellectual property (IP) in the commercialisation process.

BSc (Hons), PhD Chem, MIP

Matthew is a patent attorney specialising in the chemical sciences and related technology areas. He works with Australian and international clients to protect their inventions across a diverse range of technologies, including polymers, coatings and composites, electrochemical devices, catalysis, minerals processing, materials science, printing and oil and gas technologies. Matthew’s practice includes drafting of patent specifications for Australian universities, research organisations and corporates, and prosecution of local and international patent applications.


Edwin is a chemical and materials engineer with a PhD in the aluminium production field. Edwin’s broad experience and expertise enables him to assist clients in a range of technologies from simple mechanical devices through to complex mining, metallurgical and chemical processes.

BSc, BEng(Hons), GradCertSocSc, MIP

Adam has a decade of commercial research and development experience and is qualified in both electronic engineering and applied physics, having obtained dual Bachelor degrees with Honours from RMIT University.


David joined the firm in 1983, but took a hiatus to work in the Intellectual Property Department of ICI Pharmaceuticals (now AstraZeneca) in England during 1986-1987.

B.Eng (Mech) (Hons), B.Bus JD MIPLaw

Peter is an enthusiastic mechanical engineer with a passion for innovation and the law. He has worked on large infrastructure projects, delivering innovative and strategic solutions with respect to mechanical, civil and electrical assets, and has found his niche in intellectual property.


Scott is a registered patent attorney with over 18 years of experience dealing with intellectual property (IP) matters in life sciences. He is also the firm’s medical technology team leader and point of contact for AgTech and FoodTech related subject matter

BSc(Hons) MCommrclLaw PhD FIPTA GAICD

Mark’s work focuses on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in Australia and internationally, due diligence, freedom to operate and invalidity advice for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, health and medical device industries.


Mark’s academic background is in computer science and electrical engineering. He assists clients in obtaining and enforcing their intellectual property rights in the areas of software, electronics and engineering. Prior to joining Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick, Mark worked with a major Australian car manufacturer within their Current and Past Model Engineering group.

Dr Leon Wong, Former POF Attorney

BSc (Hons I) PhD MIPLaw MRACI (CChem)

Leon has extensive academic and industrial experience in pharmacology and synthetic organic chemistry. Leon completed his PhD at the University of Sydney where he worked on a new synthesis for (+)-himbacine, a tetracyclic alkaloid for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

Jon Wright, Senior Associate

Dr Jon Wright, Former POF Attorney

BSc (1st Class Hons) PhD MIP

Jon brings invaluable international and local IP-related experience to POF. His experience extends to seven years scientific research work in Japan, intellectual property management in the UK, and broad-ranging patent and trade marks attorney experience in both Sydney and Melbourne.


Debra has over 27 years’ experience in patents and trade marks. Her practice includes advising clients in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, chemical and medical industries concentrating on management, protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights. This includes drafting of applications, prosecution and all aspects of litigation ensuring adequate protection for the client.