Patent & Trade Mark
David Lee
David Lee
Senior Associate

Level 23, 44 Market St
Tel +61 2 8231 1047
Fax +61 2 8231 1099
Recent Publications
01 Oct 2012
In the following, we explain changes to the Australian trade marks system which will come into effect on 15 April 2013.  The changes to the system will result from a combination of amendments to the Trade Marks Act 1995 (the Act) which have already been passed by the Australian Parliament in the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar) Act 2012 and changes to the Trade Marks Regulations 1995 (the Regulations) which have not yet been released.
David Lee is a Senior Associate in 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.
He 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 17 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.
  • 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

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