Biotechnology is our DNA


Developments in biotechnology are applied in a wide variety of fields including in medical science, pharmacology, agriculture, food production and veterinary science.  Biotechnology can also be applied in industrial processes, manufacturing, and environmental science and engineering.

We work with biotechnology researchers involved in early stage research in institutes and universities through to those working to apply these technologies in commercial and industrial settings.  For our multi-national clients and their representatives we provide strategic and commercial advice in relation to Australian and New Zealand law and practice that also takes into account global strategies and objectives.

Our work with clients includes early stage novelty and freedom to operate searching and investigations through to drafting patent specifications, filing and prosecution in all jurisdictions.  We understand that in the area of biotechnology that early stage searching and investigations is critically important and we strive to provide these services with a quick turn-around and cost effectively.  Likewise, our deep patent drafting and prosecution experience allows us to provide high quality patent specifications and patent examination outcomes with timely and cost effective delivery of these services adding further value.

We have assisted clients through the long journey from discovery, to clinical trials and other pre‑market approval activities, through to commercialisation and patent term extensions.

Our clients expect and receive advice that is commercial and takes into account the special requirements of the many and varied industries in which they operate.

We have experience with the following technologies:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Bioligics/Biopharmaceuticals
  • Genomics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Recombinant DNA technology
  • RNAi interference
  • Plant biology and physiology
  • Virology

We offer a range of intellectual property services in relation to biotechnology patents including drafting and filing patent applications, enforcing patent rights in Australia, New Zealand and internationally, searching including patentability and freedom to operate searching, due diligence assessments, confidentiality agreements, licensing, technology sale and transfer agreements.

For more information about patents in the field of biotechnology and technologies for use in medicine and pharmacology and in agriculture and animal health then please contact Daniel McKinley.

Key services
  • Strategic assessment of your technology
  • Searching (patentability and freedom to operate searching)
  • Drafting new patent applications
  • Prosecuting patent applications to grant in Australia and New Zealand
  • Prosecuting international patent applications
  • Strategic advice on IP and patent protection for biotechnologies
  • Patent Validity and Infringement advice
  • Patent infringement proceedings including enforcement and defence
  • Extension of term applications for pharmaceutical patents
  • Commercialisation of patents
  • Patent Oppositions
  • Patent watches
Key contacts
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