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David Herman – Associate
David Herman is a registered Australian and New Zealand Patent Attorney in our Melbourne Chemistry team with extensive experience in handling the patent prosecution strategy for both local and overseas clients, and assists them to obtain patent protection that aligns with their wider commercial strategy.


Full Bio

David also has experience in patent oppositions before the Australian and New Zealand Patent Offices, and provides freedom to operate, infringement and validity, and strategic patent advice. David’s technological areas include nanotechnology, inorganic materials, polymers, pharmaceuticals, veterinary products, agribusiness, and food science.

David holds a PhD in Chemistry, Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (Honours) and a Bachelor of Biomedical Science in Molecular Pharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry, and offers strong credibility across the fields of chemistry, biotechnology and nanotechnology.

Postdoctoral research focused on the development of theranostic nanomaterials for use in cancer imaging and therapy, synthesis of polymers for biofunctional coating applications, development of functional gold nanoparticles for use in phototherapy, and synthesis hybrid nanostructures for catalytic and engineering applications.

PhD research focussed on developing inorganic synthetic techniques of strongly magnetic nanoparticles for use as MRI contrast agents for the early stage detection of reticuloendothelial cancer tumours. Research projects focused on nanomaterial characterisation including high resolution microscopy. David published his work in a variety of peer reviewed academic journals, and presented his research at various international conferences and symposia.

David is also actively engaged with the patent profession, sitting on the committee for the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ) and regularly writes articles on updates regarding Australian and New Zealand patent practice.

Education & Industry Expertise


  • Master of Intellectual Property Law from the University of Melbourne
  • PhD in Chemistry, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (Honours)
  • Graduate Diploma in Science & Technology
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science in Molecular Pharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry

Key Areas of Expertise

  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Pharmacology
  • Organic chemistry
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Materials and polymer chemistry
  • Formulations and compositions
  • Animal healthcare
  • Agricultural chemistry
  • Food science
  • Nanotechnology
  • Nanomaterial synthesis
Professional Affiliations
  • Member of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys (IPTA)
  • Member of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ)
  • Victorian IPSANZ Committee Member
  • Member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI)
  • Member of the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry (NZIC)
  • Member of Chemistry Australia