Patent & Trade Mark
Attorneys
We are
Experts in Navigating IP in the Asia Pacific Region
Working with clients in
Thanks to many years of global experience, FB Rice has a network of trusted advisors in all key jurisdictions. We turn to those advisors when assisting our clients to promote their interests.

For specific information on our Asia Pacific capability, click here.
One door to South East Asia
For a seamless service for filing and prosecuting patent and trade mark applications in South East Asia, click here.
Connie Merlino

Partner

Connie Merlino
“With its strategic geographical position, Australia is the fifth largest Information and Communication Technology (ICT) market and is ranked second in Asia Pacific in terms of protection of intellectual property rights. FB Rice contributes to this success by working closely with pioneering ICT hubs such as Australia’s Federal ICT research centre of excellence NICTA and Australia’s national science agency CSIRO to ensure their innovations are protected.”
“With its strategic geographical position, Australia is the fifth largest Information and Communication Technology (ICT) market and is ranked second in Asia Pacific in terms of protection of intellectual property rights. FB Rice contributes to this success by working closely with pioneering ICT hubs such as Australia’s Federal ICT research centre of excellence NICTA and Australia’s national science agency CSIRO to ensure their innovations are protected.”
Aristocrat hits jackpot while Rokt gets rolled in patentable subject matter decisions
Electronic gaming machine maker Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Ltd has prevailed in its recent appeal to the Federal Court against decisions by the Commissioner of Patents that its electronic gaming machine inventions were not patentable subject matter. This followed a recent Full Court ruling in which Rokt Pte Ltd had its application held to be non-patentable subject matter.
Electronic gaming machine maker Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Ltd has prevailed in its recent appeal to the Federal Court against decisions by the Commissioner of Patents that its electronic gaming machine inventions were not patentable subject matter. This followed a recent Full Court ruling in which Rokt Pte Ltd had its application held to be non-patentable subject matter.
14 May 2020
WEBINAR: Regulatory and IP strategies in the time of COVID-19
Open source designs and rapidly conceived new devices are appearing daily. But there are regulatory and IP risks and opportunities you should consider prior to launching your device.
Open source designs and rapidly conceived new devices are appearing daily. But there are regulatory and IP risks and opportunities you should consider prior to launching your device.
Sean Kelley

Patent Attorney

Sean Kelley

Sean Kelley is a patent attorney in the Perth engineering team of FB Rice. He has a broad engineering and intellectual property background with experience in the medical device, mining and oil and gas industries. Sean prepares patent specifications, prosecutes pending patent applications, provides Freedom to Operate advice and searches patent databases for prior art.

Sean Kelley is a patent attorney in the Perth engineering team of FB Rice. He has a broad engineering and intellectual property background with experience in the medical device, mining and oil and gas industries. Sean prepares patent specifications, prosecutes pending patent applications, provides Freedom to Operate advice and searches patent databases for prior art.

29 March 2019
FB Rice and Steve Gledhill win at Australian Financial Review’s Client Choice Awards
Wednesday 27th March 2019 marked a memorable evening for FB Rice; a group of staff were thrilled to attend the Australian Financial Review (AFR) Client Choice Awards in Melbourne. These awards recognise the services provided by professional service firms, like lawyers, accountants, consulting engineers and patent attorneys. Research is independently conducted by Beaton, and is the only client-voted professional services awards in the world.
Wednesday 27th March 2019 marked a memorable evening for FB Rice; a group of staff were thrilled to attend the Australian Financial Review (AFR) Client Choice Awards in Melbourne. These awards recognise the services provided by professional service firms, like lawyers, accountants, consulting engineers and patent attorneys. Research is independently conducted by Beaton, and is the only client-voted professional services awards in the world.
What dead parrots can tell us about printer cartridges
Absurdity is at the heart of the famous Monty Python “Dead Parrot Sketch”. It truly underpins the humorous nature of this sketch. As a reminder to readers, here is what John Cleese playing the part of Mr Praline, the parrot purchaser, had to say to the shop owner who sold him the Norwegian Blue parrot...
Absurdity is at the heart of the famous Monty Python “Dead Parrot Sketch”. It truly underpins the humorous nature of this sketch. As a reminder to readers, here is what John Cleese playing the part of Mr Praline, the parrot purchaser, had to say to the shop owner who sold him the Norwegian Blue parrot...