Patent & Trade Mark
Level 23, 44 Market Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Tel +61 2 8231 1019
Fax +61 2 8231 1099
Brett Lunn – Managing Partner

Brett Lunn is managing partner of FB Rice, and one of Australia’s most experienced and pragmatic intellectual property (IP) specialists. Having moved largely to an advisory capacity in recent years, Brett specialises in providing strategic advice in the corporate sphere, advising a range of businesses from corporations and SMEs to start-ups and research institutions.  Brett has been recognised in Intellectual Asset Management’s World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, as boasting technical knowledge far broader than his polymer physics training would suggest. He has also been endorsed in the 2019 IAM Prosecution recommended list.


Full Bio

Known for his far sighted approach to managing intellectual property, Brett is highly regarded for his ability to understand and advise on IP in the context of a client’s overall business strategy. He brings to that advisory capacity a depth of understanding built up over many years working as a physicist and a patent attorney and honed by recent experience operating in an advisory capacity to a number of significant Australian and global entities.

Brett believes that patent and trade mark prosecution is only one aspect of a successful IP strategy. Equally important is the role that IP plays in developing a business, securing funding and building corporate assets.  With the transition from the research bench to market becoming ever more complex, Brett sees the efficient management of intangible assets as vital to the success of any business, particularly those with a growth mandate and global aspirations.

A keen advocate of the importance of innovation and the sometimes crucial role IP plays in encouraging innovation, Brett serves as the current Chair of the AusMedtech Intellectual Property Expert panel, as well as President of the Association of Intellectual Property Firms (AIPF), a global alliance of independent IP firms. He is passionate in seeing FB Rice regarded as the pre-eminent firm of patent and trade mark attorneys in the Asia-Pacific region. As Managing Partner, he serves a firm that is uninfluenced by the demands of external shareholders and is instead owned by the partners, all of whom are dedicated and experienced IP professionals.

Brett undertakes pro-bono work on behalf of the Northcott Foundation.

"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."
“FB Rice has a long and strong tradition of assisting Australian entities with their patent, trade mark and IP strategy needs. The R&D Tax Incentive is relevant to many of these existing clients, and hence FB Rice sees a strong synergy between our existing service offerings and our new R&D Tax Consulting group”.
"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."
Education & Industry Expertise


  • BSc in Physics
  • PhD in Polymer Physics from the University of Technology, Sydney
  • Graduate Diploma in Industrial Property from the University of Technology, Sydney

Key Areas of Expertise

  • Medical bionics
  • FES systems
  • Biomaterials
  • Orthopaedic implants
  • Cardiovascular grafts and stents
  • Drug delivery systems

Advisory Areas

  • Inventorship
  • IP mentoring
  • Corporate presentations
  • IP due diligence
  • IP strategic advice for companies
Professional Affiliations
  • Fellow of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA)
  • Member of the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI)
  • Member of Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA)
  • Member of Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ)
  • Member of Australian Institute of Physics (AIP)
  • Member of Institute of Materials Engineering Australasia (IMEA)
  • Member of the AusMedtech National Advisory Committee
  • President of the Association of Intellectual Property Firms (AIPF)