For those who were unable to join our recent webinar on Regulatory and IP strategies in the time of COVID-19, the webinar recording is now available:

The following topics were discussed:

  • How can you manage your IP strategy to both protect your commercial interests and contribute to the public good in these challenging times?
  • Can you fast track regulatory approval?
  • What are the risks of encountering regulatory log jams or IP affecting your freedom-to-operate?

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our speakers:

Madeleine Kelly, FB Rice -

Michelle Knight, Hydrix -

Tony Thompson, FB Rice -


Madeleine Kelly

Madeleine Kelly - FB Rice

Madeleine is a partner with the FB Rice engineering team, specializing 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 draws on her international experience to provide clients with strategic global IP advice that caters to their legal and commercial needs, both within Australia and overseas. She represents a wide range of clients, from individual inventors, start-ups and SMEs, to local and international universities and multi-national corporations. She is recognised for her aptitude in assimilating and critically analysing information across a broad range of technologies and conveying information to audiences at all levels and disciplines.

Michelle Knight

Michelle Knight - Hydrix

Michelle is the clinical and regulatory manager at Hydrix Limited and is a qualified Audiologist and Certified Professional with the Association of Clinical Research Professionals. She is an experienced clinical program manager in identifying the scope and requirements of clinical evidence to support global regulatory, marketing and reimbursement needs at Cochlear Limited.

Michelle started working in 1995 as a research audiologist at the Bionic Ear Institute under Professor Graeme Clark AC, the inventor of the first multi-channel cochlear implant. In addition, Michelle’s previous research is published in peer-reviewed journals with over 400 citations and 2,600 reads.

In her current role, Michelle draws on her significant professional experience in the area of patient related safety and effectiveness of active implantable medical devices (cochlear implants) in adults and paediatrics to provide evidence-based outcomes for medical device manufacturers.

Toby Thompson

Toby Thompson - FB Rice

Toby is a senior associate with FB Rice and is qualified as a European, Australian, New Zealand and UK Patent Attorney with 12 years’ experience.

Before moving into intellectual property Toby spent five years working for a multinational pharmaceutical company in medicinal chemistry, identifying new drugs for respiratory and inflammatory conditions. Toby also led a group which provided large scale quantities of candidate drugs for preclinical studies and he is named as an inventor on seven patent families. Toby has a PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from Nottingham University, UK.

Toby presents regularly on IP, and since 2018 has delivered the IP module in an RMIT Entrepreneurship course for PhD students, together with colleagues. He was also a lecturer in Advanced Medicinal Chemistry at Nottingham Trent University, UK, during his time working in research.