Patent & Trade Mark
Chris Owens
Chris Owens
Patent Attorney

Level 23, 44 Market Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Tel +61 2 8231 1000
Fax +61 2 8231 1099
Recent Publications
04 Feb 2013
Chris Owens, Partner at FB Rice, features in the February issue of the Law Society Journal with his article ‘Raising the bar in intellectual property – amendments to patent laws’.

29 Oct 2012
This is the first of several articles reporting details of the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar) Act 2012 as it relates to Australian Patent Law.  In this article we will take a look at Patent Prosecution under the amended law.

Chris is a Consultant with FB Rice, having been a Partner of the firm for more than 25 years.  He has over 30 years’ experience protecting inventions in the fields of electrical and mechanical engineering, with particular interest in silicon device fabrication, photovoltaics, analog and digital electronics, IT, industrial process and control, image processing, mineral exploration instrumentation and mechanical mining and processing systems.

Chris has a keen interest in fostering the culture of strong client relationships and he leads by example, with several collaborations with clients extending over 25 years.  Chris works with a diverse group of clients ranging from large multi-national corporations through to individual inventors and prides himself on deep relationships with each.

Managing IP's 2011 annual survey of IP firms included the following statement about Chris:

'In Sydney, Chris Owens and his team look after the filing of the majority of University of New South Wales' patents on photovoltaic engineering.'

Before joining FB Rice, Chris worked in areas of industry related to his specialties.  This industry experience enables him to really appreciate an engineer’s perspective and get to the root of an invention, rather than simply protect the embodiment of a broader concept.

He has extensive experience in the drafting of original patent specifications and filing and prosecution of patent applications in US and Europe for both US and Australian clients.

Chris has a very strong global network of clients and contacts. He has a particular interest in the Asia Pacific region, and has travelled extensively over many years, particularly in Japan and Korea.

Chris is a registered Australian Patent and Trade Marks Attorney.


  • BE (Elec)

Key Areas of Expertise

  • Silicon device fabrication
  • Photovoltaics
  • Analog and digital electronics
  • IT
  • Industrial process and control
  • Image processing
  • Mineral exploration instrumentation
  • Mechanical mining and processing systems

Professional Affiliations

  • Registered Australian and New Zealand Patent Attorney
  • Fellow of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia
  • International Councillor of APAA
  • Member of FICPI
  • Member of IPSANZ
  • Former Co-Chair of the International Designs Committee of APAA (2003-09)
  • Former President of the Australian Group of APAA