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.
Brett Lunn

Managing Partner

Brett Lunn
"As their interests have expanded in the Asia-Pacific region, our clients have increasingly tapped in to our broad and deep understanding of the IP regimes in that region. While it has always been a priority at FB Rice to provide our clients with a service that is technically excellent, we also continue to help them to navigate the diverse jurisdictions and cultures that make up the Asia Pacific region."
"As their interests have expanded in the Asia-Pacific region, our clients have increasingly tapped in to our broad and deep understanding of the IP regimes in that region. While it has always been a priority at FB Rice to provide our clients with a service that is technically excellent, we also continue to help them to navigate the diverse jurisdictions and cultures that make up the Asia Pacific region."
Patents of beauty
The words ‘beauty’ and ‘patents’ are rarely used together, unless you are talking to some passionate patent attorneys. Similarly, advertising the use of ‘chemistry’ or ‘chemicals’ in the manufacture of beauty products or cosmetics is rather unlikely. However, the three – chemistry, cosmetics and patents – constitute a successful formula that has been working for well over a century.
The words ‘beauty’ and ‘patents’ are rarely used together, unless you are talking to some passionate patent attorneys. Similarly, advertising the use of ‘chemistry’ or ‘chemicals’ in the manufacture of beauty products or cosmetics is rather unlikely. However, the three – chemistry, cosmetics and patents – constitute a successful formula that has been working for well over a century.
25 February 2019
Australia: trade mark non-use grace period scaled back
On 24 February 2019 the remainder of a number of IP legislation improvements under the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 1 and Other Measures) Act 2018 will come into force. The amendments are designed to streamline the administration of Australia’s IP system. For trade mark owners, as of 24 February 2019, an amendment to section 93 of the Trade Marks Act 1995 (the Act) reduces the grace period for which a trade mark will become vulnerable to removal or partial removal (limitation) for non-use.
On 24 February 2019 the remainder of a number of IP legislation improvements under the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 1 and Other Measures) Act 2018 will come into force. The amendments are designed to streamline the administration of Australia’s IP system. For trade mark owners, as of 24 February 2019, an amendment to section 93 of the Trade Marks Act 1995 (the Act) reduces the grace period for which a trade mark will become vulnerable to removal or partial removal (limitation) for non-use.
Madeleine Kelly

Partner

Madeleine Kelly
Madeleine is a partner with the engineering team in Melbourne specialising in computing, telecommunications, electronics and medical device related inventions. In addition to being a Registered Australian and New Zealand Patent Attorney, she has also qualified as a European Patent Attorney and an Irish Patent Agent.
Madeleine is a partner with the engineering team in Melbourne specialising in computing, telecommunications, electronics and medical device related inventions. In addition to being a Registered Australian and New Zealand Patent Attorney, she has also qualified as a European Patent Attorney and an Irish Patent Agent.
29 May 2019
Joanne Martin recognised once again in MIP World Top 250 list
For the fourth year in a row, Trade Marks partner Joanne Martin has been recognised by Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) in the IP STARS Top 250 Women in IP 2019.
For the fourth year in a row, Trade Marks partner Joanne Martin has been recognised by Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) in the IP STARS Top 250 Women in IP 2019.
Australia: Change to patent examiners manual creates uncertainty
It is a long-standing principle of Australian patent law that determining whether or not a patent application is directed towards patentable subject matter should be done separately to determining issues of novelty and inventive step. However, amendments to the Australian Patent Examiners Manual late last year introduced a new practice, encouraging consideration of prior art when assessing subject matter eligibility, which in Australia includes the requirement that the invention be a manner of manufacture.
It is a long-standing principle of Australian patent law that determining whether or not a patent application is directed towards patentable subject matter should be done separately to determining issues of novelty and inventive step. However, amendments to the Australian Patent Examiners Manual late last year introduced a new practice, encouraging consideration of prior art when assessing subject matter eligibility, which in Australia includes the requirement that the invention be a manner of manufacture.