Patent & Trade Mark
Ian Rourke
Ian Rourke

Level 14, 90 Collins St
Melbourne VIC 3000 AUSTRALIA
Tel +61 3 8618 4109
Fax +61 3 8618 4199
Ian prepares and prosecutes patent applications internationally, evaluates the external patent landscape and intellectual property positions of competitors, conducts complex patent invalidity, infringement, due diligence and freedom-to-operate analyses. Ian joined FB Rice in 1998, registered as a patent attorney in 2000, and became a partner of the firm in 2006.
Awarded the title Most Client Focused IP Specialist in 2017 by the Financial Review Client Choice Awards, Ian acts primarily for Australian clients including universities, research institutes, listed companies, and start-up companies. Ian handles large global portfolios and has developed experience in protecting inventions in the biotechnology field in many jurisdictions outside Australia.
Ian has a broad background in the biological sciences. Ian completed a large proportion of an agricultural degree before an interest in molecular biology and biochemistry ultimately led him to finish a BSc (Hons) at the University of New England. He has a PhD from the Australian National University, arising from his research in the area of molecular neuroendocrinology at CSIRO, Entomology.
Ian conducted three years post doctoral research at Clinical Biochemistry Department of the National University Hospital, Copenhagen where he focused on gene evolution, transcription and prohormone processing of vertebrate neuropeptides. Upon returning to Australia Ian conducted further post-doctoral research at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research where he worked on blood cell growth factors and gene regulation of cell survival in activated T lymphocytes.
As a result of his scientific research Ian has 14 publications in peer reviewed international journals.
Ian is a registered Australian Patent Attorney.


  • BSc (Hons) majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology from University of New England
  • PhD from Australian National University, arising from his research in the area of molecular neuroendocrinology at CSIRO, Entomology

Key Areas of Expertise

  • Gene cloning
  • Gene expression
  • Protein/peptide biochemistry
  • Cell biology including stem and fetal cells
  • Transgenic organisms including bacteria, plants and animals
  • Immunology
  • Bioremediation
  • Nucleic acid evolution including haplotype analysis 
  • Yeast biology
  • Diagnostics including cancer biomarkers and microorganism detection systems
  • RNA silencing
  • Intracellular signaling
  • Microbiology

Industry Focus

Professional Affiliations

  • Registered New Zealand patent attorney
  • Fellow of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia
  • Member of AusBiotech
  • Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand