Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick promotes Helen McFadzean to Principal

We are delighted to announce that Helen McFadzean has been promoted to Principal of the firm, effective 1 July 2022.

Managing Principal, Ross McFarlane said “We are delighted that Helen is joining the Partnership. She is a fantastic IP attorney and person, and has a great ability to understand a client’s needs and work collaboratively to achieve the best outcomes for them. Helen is part of our strong and diverse group of future leaders, and we look forward to her contribution to the firm.”

Helen joined the firm in 2017 and has been part of the intellectual property profession since 2009. Her passion for innovation and cutting-edge technology has seen her successfully obtain patents, trade marks and designs for many businesses in Australia and overseas in a wide variety of technology areas. Since joining Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick, Helen has developed a further specialisation in artificial intelligence and software patents. In 2019, Helen completed AI Programming with Python, a future skills course from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, where she gained hands on experience building an image classifier using convolutional neural networks, which enabled her to further develop her understanding and appreciation for AI and Machine Learning algorithms.

We’d like to congratulate Helen on this fantastic milestone in her career, and we look forward to what she brings to the partnership.

Helen McFadzean - Senior Associate