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NSW | WEBINAR: IP – it’s not immaterial

NSW | WEBINAR: IP – it’s not immaterial

Date: 13-Apr-2021


Tuesday 13 April 2021 | 5.00pm-6.00pm

Intellectual property (IP) can come in many forms. Granted IP rights can be crucial for businesses to protect the creations of employees, which could be exploited commercially, either directly in a market or via a licensing agreement. However, IP is not restricted solely to commercial entities and is becoming an increasingly important aspect in academic circles, especially given the rise in increased collaboration between the private and academic sectors - blurring the line between academic and industrial research.

Key takeaways

  • Introduction and overview of the many forms of IP with a particular focus on patents.
  • Important legislative requirements that need to be considered by those working in the materials and related sectors including the key criteria that are used when a patent application is examined.
  • An understanding of the nature of these patent criteria and the threshold that must be met to allow potential applicants to evaluate their creations and assess whether they could attain patent protection.


Dr Andrew Gregory

Andrew is a senior associate in the chemistry team. Andrew’s practice encompasses a variety of technologies such as polymers, films, coatings, composites, packaging, alloys, and materials for drug delivery and diagnostic devices. Over the years, Andrew has worked with a range of Australian and New Zealand clients comprising: research organisations, multinationals, start-ups and universities, guiding inventors and applicants through the patent process. His work focuses on drafting and prosecuting applications globally, providing advice regarding validity and infringement matters, and coordinating freedom to operate searches.

Andrew obtained a PhD from the University of Nottingham, where his thesis focussed on RAFT polymerisation in supercritical carbon dioxide. After graduating, he was employed as a postdoc at the University of New South Wales working on various projects focussed on the development of new materials for drug delivery and in vivoimaging applications, before transitioning to FB Rice to become a patent attorney.

Dr David Herman

David Herman is an associate in our chemistry team with a particular focus on drafting and prosecuting patents in the materials science, nanoparticles, electroactive materials, composites, and flow and process chemistry areas. His practice also involves considerable work with oppositions and revocation actions before the Australian and New Zealand Patent Offices, and litigation support before the Federal Court of Australia.

Prior to joining FB Rice, David obtained a PhD in nanomaterials from Victoria University of Wellington, where his research focussed on the synthesis and characterisation of strongly magnetic nanoparticles for use as contrast agents in magnetic resonance imaging. He then held a postdoctoral research position at the MacDiarmid Institute of Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology developing nanomaterials for phototherapy and theranostic applications.

Webinar Chair

NSW Branch President - AProf Sophie Primig

Scientia Associate Professor
School of Materials Science & Engineering


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