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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.

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Charles Berman

Partner

Charles Berman
“With the resources sector becoming increasingly competitive, intellectual property protection assumes an ever more important role as a business tool. While FB Rice considers innovation as crucial in the resources sector, the benefit of such innovation is lost if an effective strategy for its protection is not also implemented as an integral part of a business's commercial strategy. Such protection is the safest mechanism for maintaining a competitive advantage.”
“With the resources sector becoming increasingly competitive, intellectual property protection assumes an ever more important role as a business tool. While FB Rice considers innovation as crucial in the resources sector, the benefit of such innovation is lost if an effective strategy for its protection is not also implemented as an integral part of a business's commercial strategy. Such protection is the safest mechanism for maintaining a competitive advantage.”
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.
01 December 2017
Proposed abolition of Australian Innovation Patent
Draft legislation is underway to commence the phasing out of the Australian innovation patent. The draft legislation follows the government response in August to the recommendations of the Productivity Commission inquiry into Australia’s Intellectual Property Arrangements.
Draft legislation is underway to commence the phasing out of the Australian innovation patent. The draft legislation follows the government response in August to the recommendations of the Productivity Commission inquiry into Australia’s Intellectual Property Arrangements.
Paul Whenman

Consulting Partner

Paul Whenman
Paul Whenman is a consulting partner of FB Rice and heads the firm’s Life Sciences group and our Sydney Chemistry team. As a qualified patent attorney, Paul has had a distinguished career with the firm with over 30 years’ experience in chemically related patents, including pharmaceuticals, animal health products, surface coatings and water related technologies. Paul has been recognised as an IP Star for patent prosecution in Managing Intellectual Property, 2019/20.
Paul Whenman is a consulting partner of FB Rice and heads the firm’s Life Sciences group and our Sydney Chemistry team. As a qualified patent attorney, Paul has had a distinguished career with the firm with over 30 years’ experience in chemically related patents, including pharmaceuticals, animal health products, surface coatings and water related technologies. Paul has been recognised as an IP Star for patent prosecution in Managing Intellectual Property, 2019/20.
03 October 2018
2018 RACI Natural Products Chemistry Symposium
Michael Moore was pleased to attend the The Royal Australian Chemical Institute Natural Products Chemistry Symposium at UNSW last Friday featuring speakers Prof Nigel Perry, Prof Leslie Weston and Prof Brett Neilan.
Michael Moore was pleased to attend the The Royal Australian Chemical Institute Natural Products Chemistry Symposium at UNSW last Friday featuring speakers Prof Nigel Perry, Prof Leslie Weston and Prof Brett Neilan.
Expect the unexpected | Patenting antibodies in Asia
Monoclonal antibodies are important human therapeutic agents and represent some of the largest selling drugs in the world. Patents relating to antibodies are treated differently to some other compounds in some jurisdictions. This article touches on some of the important requirements for antibody patenting in some major Asian jurisdictions, namely Japan, China and South Korea.
Monoclonal antibodies are important human therapeutic agents and represent some of the largest selling drugs in the world. Patents relating to antibodies are treated differently to some other compounds in some jurisdictions. This article touches on some of the important requirements for antibody patenting in some major Asian jurisdictions, namely Japan, China and South Korea.