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Ian Rourke
Partner

Tel: +61 3 8618 4109

Location:

  • Melbourne

Ian Rourke is a partner in our Melbourne biotechnology team.

He prepares and prosecutes patent applications internationally, evaluates the external patent landscape and intellectual property positions of competitors and conducts complex patent invalidity, infringement, due diligence and freedom-to-operate analyses. Awarded the title Most Client Focused IP Specialist at the 2017 Client Choice Awards, and a finalist in 2020, Ian has a substantial Australian client base including universities, research institutes, listed companies, and startup companies.

Industry:

Technical Group:

Biotechnology

Read Ian's full bio

Education

  • Company Directors Course, Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Diploma of Intellectual Property Practice, Institute of Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys (IPTA)
  • PhD in Molecular Biology, Australian National University
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Agriculture, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of New England

Industry Expertise

  • Gene therapy (including gene editing, gene silencing, siRNA, antisense, viral based delivery)
  • Therapeutics (including antibodies and other protein-based therapies, cell-based therapies, drug repurposing)
  • Vaccines
  • Diagnostics (including bioinformatics, cancer biomarkers and microorganism detection systems)
  • Plant Molecular Biology (including transgenic plants)

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow - The Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA)
  • Member - Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Member - AusBiotech
  • Member - Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ)