Patent and Trade Marks Attorney

Annabella is a patent attorney specialising in the chemical sciences. She has drafting experience in pharmaceuticals, drug delivery, food chemistry, materials science and mining chemistry.

Annabella’s practice sees her working with a range of clients, from local SMEs to global corporations as well as universities and research organisations. She has experience handling large patent portfolios for multinational companies including prosecution, queries, assignments, licenses and amendments. Annabella specialises in pharmaceutical extensions of term as well as strategic patenting advice and providing opinions on infringement, validity and freedom to operate. Annabella has also been involved in several patent oppositions.

Annabella has in-house experience, having been seconded to a leading Australian research organisation several times as an IP Manager. During this time, Annabella assisted with management of the organisation’s patent portfolio, providing advice on the patentability of new research in line with the organisation’s commercial goals.

Annabella is particularly interested in the role of IP in the commercialisation of research. She was a co-founder of a medical device start-up in 2016. This led her to become an Innovation Mentor with CSIRO’s ON Program. She also provides talks and mentoring to various other start-up programs and accelerators. Annabella graduated from the AICD’s Company Directors Course in 2019.

These experiences allow Annabella to bring practical and commercially focused advice to her clients.

Annabella is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion within the STEM sector and the patent attorney profession. She was elected to the IPTA Council in 2021.

Annabella has a Master of Chemistry (Honours) from the University of East Anglia and a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Nottingham, where her research was sponsored by AstraZeneca. Annabella was recently named an IPSTARS Rising Star by Managing Intellectual Property.


Graduate, AICD, Company Directors Course, 2019
Master of Commercial Law, University of Melbourne, 2016
Registered Australian and New Zealand Patent Attorney, 2016
Registered Australian Trade Marks Attorney, 2016
PhD, Organic Chemistry, University of Nottingham, 2010
Master of Chemistry (Hons), University of East Anglia, 2005


Royal Australian Chemical Institute
Royal Society of Chemistry
Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia
Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc.

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Life Sciences
Materials Science


Organic chemistry
Medicinal chemistry
Synthetic chemistry
Drug delivery
Animal health
Separation and purification technologies
Food Technology & Processing