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
"The partners of FB Rice are committed to seeing the firm remain wholly owned by the partners of the firm. FB Rice is not a subsidiary of a listed entity that also owns other firm brands and does not have external shareholders with no knowledge of our industry. Our key areas of focus are to develop a firm that is the best patent and trade mark attorney firm in Australia to work for and also to provide the best possible service to our clients, with both of these goals unimpeded by external shareholders."
"The partners of FB Rice are committed to seeing the firm remain wholly owned by the partners of the firm. FB Rice is not a subsidiary of a listed entity that also owns other firm brands and does not have external shareholders with no knowledge of our industry. Our key areas of focus are to develop a firm that is the best patent and trade mark attorney firm in Australia to work for and also to provide the best possible service to our clients, with both of these goals unimpeded by external shareholders."
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.
26 April 2018
World IP Day | Powering change: Women in innovation and creativity
As part of World Intellectual Property Day, FB Rice would like to take this opportunity to celebrate the achievements made by women in IP and in particular, highlight the achievements of one of our clients, Meagan Redelman, co-founder of Redsbaby.
As part of World Intellectual Property Day, FB Rice would like to take this opportunity to celebrate the achievements made by women in IP and in particular, highlight the achievements of one of our clients, Meagan Redelman, co-founder of Redsbaby.
Marianne Repacholi
Marianne is an Associate in the Melbourne Chemistry group, having joined in 2013 as a Trainee Attorney. With extensive experience in Australian and New Zealand patent prosecution and patent portfolio management, she intuitively operationalises client objectives to enhance their capacity to leverage intellectual property assets across key international markets.
Marianne is an Associate in the Melbourne Chemistry group, having joined in 2013 as a Trainee Attorney. With extensive experience in Australian and New Zealand patent prosecution and patent portfolio management, she intuitively operationalises client objectives to enhance their capacity to leverage intellectual property assets across key international markets.
06 September 2018
What is the stance on plain packaging across Asia?
IP practitioners are concerned that the WTO ruling on plain packaging encroaches on IP rights and could spell trouble for other industries
IP practitioners are concerned that the WTO ruling on plain packaging encroaches on IP rights and could spell trouble for other industries
Interfering RNA (iRNA) is no interference to manner of manufacture in Australia
The Australian Patent Office (APO) has determined that claims directed to a composition comprising double-stranded RNA (so-called “interfering RNA” or “iRNA”) is a manner of manufacture (patent eligible subject matter) in accordance with Section 18(1)(a) of the Patents Act.
The Australian Patent Office (APO) has determined that claims directed to a composition comprising double-stranded RNA (so-called “interfering RNA” or “iRNA”) is a manner of manufacture (patent eligible subject matter) in accordance with Section 18(1)(a) of the Patents Act.