Ray has previously served as the firm’s Chemistry and Life Sciences team coordinator. He has drafting experience in pharmaceuticals, drug delivery, polymers, agrochemicals, nanotechnology, mining chemicals and cosmetics.
Ray’s current practice involves advising clients and drafting patent applications and obtaining and enforcing patent rights for major Australian and overseas clients. He has also been involved in handling large oppositions, providing opinions on infringement and freedom to operate and supporting litigation for clients. He also specialises in advising clients on strategies for building a patent portfolio in Australia and internationally.
After graduating, Ray was resident tutor in chemistry at the University College of Melbourne University. His postgraduate studies examined the synthesis of tetracyclic anticancer drugs.
Ray joined ICI Australia in 1983, working initially as a synthetic chemist in herbicide research before transferring to the patent section 1984. Between 1984 and 1991, Ray was responsible for liaising with technical staff at ICI Australia and drafting patent applications relating to pharmaceuticals, veterinary products, pesticides, polymers and explosives. Ray was also responsible for prosecuting applications overseas particularly in the US and Europe, and for reviewing and supervising maintenance of patent portfolios of several ICI operating groups in Australia.
Ray has been recognised as a leading practitioner in the 2020 IAM Patent 1000.