Patent & Trade Mark
Level 23, 44 Market Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Tel +61 2 8231 1047
Fax +61 2 8231 1099
David Lee – Senior Associate
David is a Senior Associate in the Engineering group of our Sydney office and holds a Bachelor of Science from Macquarie University, Sydney and a Masters in Industrial Property Law from the University of Technology, Sydney.
Full Bio
David Lee joined FB Rice in 2006, having worked for 10 years as a patent engineer in one of the largest private patent firms in Japan.
David has over 22 years’ experience in general patent prosecution covering a diverse range of technologies including polymer chemistry, metals and alloys, air conditioning systems, semiconductor fabrication, separation of oxygen isotopes by distillation, packaging and moulded articles and wind turbine technology.  He has an interest in renewable energy systems.
He is currently involved in preparing and prosecuting patent and design applications, conducting patent oppositions and providing patentability advice. He also has experience in patent litigation in Japan and court appeals from the Japanese Patent Office.
David spent 15 years in Japan and, prior to working in intellectual property law, he worked for a major Japanese electronics company.
David is fluent in Japanese and regularly works with FB Rice Attorneys conducting business with Japanese firms, as well as providing valuable cultural insight into managing intellectual property issues in the Japanese system.
David is a registered Australian Patent and Trade Marks Attorney.
Education & Industry Expertise


  • Bachelor of Science from Macquarie University
  • Master of Industrial Property Law from the University of Technology, Sydney

Key Areas of Expertise

  • Food science and related devices
  • Air conditioning systems
  • Packaging and moulded articles
  • Telecommunications systems and protocols
  • Metals and processes for their production
  • Mechanical and electro-mechanical devices
  • Japanese markets

Industry Focus

  • Agribusiness
  • CleanTech
  • Registered Designs
  • Mining and Construction
Professional Affiliations
  • Registered Patent Attorney in Australia and New Zealand
  • Registered Trade Marks Attorney
  • Member of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association and Australian representative on the APAA Standing Committee on Patents
  • Member of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand serving on the Society's NSW Committee