Patent & Trade Mark
Attorneys
About us

About FB Rice

We are experts in the protection of intellectual property and we work with our clients to create strategies with high commercial impact.

Founded over sixty years ago, FB Rice is Australia’s leading independent intellectual property firm. FB Rice is privately owned by the partners, does not have external shareholders or shares traded on the stock market, and does not have a law firm within our practice. Nor is the firm aligned to any one law firm. So intellectual property is our sole focus, which ensures the best possible development and protection for our clients' intellectual property.

FB Rice brings together forward-thinking individuals from a range of disciplines and encourages them to look beyond the constraints of their own specialisation.

Our expertise encompasses biotechnology, chemistry, engineering, medical technology, pharmaceuticals, software and information technology and trade marks.  We provide coverage across all aspects of intellectual property prosecution practice including:
 
  • Preparation, filing and prosecution of patent applications in Australia and New Zealand
  • Oppositions in Australia and other countries
  • Infringement, clearance and validity searches and opinions
  • Filing and prosecution of trade marks, registered designs and plant breeders' rights.
 
When it comes to litigation, our goal is to ensure that you avoid it where possible.  Where it becomes necessary, we will work alongside your team to deliver the best commercial outcome.

We believe that intellectual property makes a difference to our society and we are driven and passionate about the contribution that our clients are making to the betterment of our greater good.

At FB Rice we work with a broad range of clients, who, despite their varied specialties have one thing in common: the need for excellent advice for managing their intellectual property. We work with universities and research institutes, organisations that are under pressure to commercialise their research. We work with government agencies and research co-operatives, looking for innovations that will benefit the community.
 
At a corporate level our client base includes both local and international organisations, maximising their investment in R&D in fast moving consumer goods, communications technology and resources. At every point of the process of protecting our clients' intellectual property, we seek to thoroughly understand their commercial environments and work with them to ensure that we protect the value of their intangible assets.
 
To this end, the firm has an experienced R&D Tax Consulting team operating in the local market, assisting organisations engaged in research and development to navigate the Australian Government's valuable R&D Tax incentive program.
 
Finally, we have strong relationships with a range of Associate legal firms, providing specialist technical advice and expertise, which assists them in providing the best possible intellectual property to their clients across the globe.
What our clients say
 

“Esteemed boutique FB Rice is a hit among technology owners with global horizons, thanks to its international sensibilities and holistic approach to intellectual property. Preparation and prosecution is the set’s bread and butter; it crafts watertight patents that maximise competitive edge and minimise future threats. Oppositions are another forte. The firm has the talent to operate confidently in any discipline, though it shines with special lustre in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology areas.”

Intellectual Asset Management, 2015 IAM Patent 1000