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Patent and Trade Marks Attorney

Neil is a Principal 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.

Prior to joining the firm, Neil worked in the research and development division of the Australian subsidiary of an international food company. This industrial experience assists Neil in understanding intellectual property issues from a client’s perspective.

Neil majored in Chemistry at university. The research covered in his thesis entitled, ‘Total Synthesis of Tropoloisoquinoline Alkaloids Imerubrine and Grandirubrine’, has led to him being a co-author of six research publications in the chemistry field. Neil was awarded the Institute Prize by the Institute of Patent and Trade Marks Attorneys of Australia for high academic achievement in the qualifying examinations.



Bachelor of Law (Hons), Deakin University, 2005
Graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law, University of Melbourne, 1998
Registered Australian and New Zealand Patent Attorney, 1997
Registered Australian Trade Marks Attorney, 1997
PhD, University of Melbourne, 1994
Bachelor of Science (Hons), University of Melbourne, 1989


The Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (Fellow)
Royal Australian Chemical Institute
Ausbiotech (Delegate)

Service locations

Melbourne, Geelong, Regional Victoria

Service areas



Life Sciences
Materials Science


Chemical/Pharmaceutical separation and purification
Food processing and technology
Livestock feed
Macromolecular chemistry
Organic chemistry
Separation technologies
Specialty chemicals
Surface chemistry