Patent and Trade Marks Attorney

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 Principal in 2006.

Ross has considerable expertise in patent drafting, prosecution, infringement and opposition work. He specialises in patenting all aspects of electronics, communications, software, IT, optics and microelectromechanical structures in a wide variety of industries.

Appointed as Managing Principal in 2016, Ross now leads his team in the development and delivery of business initiatives to best achieve the POF Group’s Strategic Objectives. Commercially minded with a client centric outlook, Ross is focused upon ensuring POF is the IP partner for business success.

Shortlisted as a finalist in the IP Category of the Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year (Australia) Awards in both 2016 and 2018, Ross has also been named as an IP Star in the 2020 Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars Handbook. He is an active member of IPTA, FICPI and AIPPI.

Ross has been recognised as a leading practitioner in the 2020 IAM Patent 1000.


Registered Australian and New Zealand Patent Attorney, 1998
Registered Australian Trade Marks Attorney, 1998
Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) (Hons), University of Melbourne, 1983


The Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (Fellow)
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property
Asian Patent Attorney Association

Service locations

Melbourne, Geelong

Service areas



Elec. Engineering
ICT & Software


Business methods
Electromechanical control fields
Fibre optics
Information technology infringement
Solar technology
Wireless communications