Patent & Trade Mark
Level 14, 90 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel +61 3 8618 4143
Fax +61 3 8618 4199
John Landells – Partner
John Landells is a partner in the Melbourne Chemistry team. John is a registered Patent Attorney and Legal Practitioner in Australia and New Zealand. He is also an elected councillor of the Institute of Patent and Trademark Attorneys (IPTA) of Australia. John has also been recognised in Intellectual Asset Management’s World’s Leading Patent Practitioners this year.
Full Bio

John has over 15 years’ experience in the patent attorney profession and has been involved in a practice largely comprised of innovator organisations and companies, which he is well known for providing strategic and commercially relevant advice in patenting, drafting and prosecution of applications in Australia and internationally. His practice is specialised across a broad range of chemical based technologies including pharmaceuticals, veterinary therapeutics, agrochemicals, electroactive and catalytic materials, polymers and coatings, and food and dairy technologies. He has been recognised as a leading Australian patent attorney in Who’s Who Legal and IAM in 2018.

His experience also involves considerable work with oppositions before the Australian (IP Australia) and New Zealand (IPONZ) Patent Offices, due diligence reports on patent portfolios, patent landscape assessments, validity opinions, infringement considerations and freedom-to-operate advice.

His PhD studies involved the targeted organic synthesis of compounds of pharmaceutical interest.  One area of his research involved targeted synthesis of platinum complexes, namely the use of carbohydrate groups to produce water soluble ferrocene analogues of cis-platin (a common chemotherapeutic agent).  Another area of his research involved the stereo-selective targeted synthesis of compounds called angucyclinones (anti-bacterial agents) via kinetic resolution techniques involving borane catalysts.

"A key strength about FB Rice is the people and our ability to collaborate so effectively between and within offices and technology groups to produce highly effective multidisciplinary teams capable of excelling in complex technology areas. Our attorneys really do view themselves as part of their client’s business teams committed to providing strategic and commercially focused IP advice as their trusted advisors both domestically and internationally."
"What drew me to FB Rice was the close collegial team environment and it being highly regarded as the best life sciences practice in Australia. This was endorsed by various patent attorneys throughout my professional network who were incredibly complimentary about the working environment, people and FB Rice firm as a whole."
“Changes to New Zealand’s patent law and practice in 2014 has brought New Zealand more into alignment with Australia, significantly raising the threshold for patentability in New Zealand. Most of our attorneys are registered to represent our clients in both Australia and New Zealand, which ensures that our clients get the best protection of their assets across both jurisdictions.”
Education & Industry Expertise


  • Bachelor of Laws, Victoria University, NZ
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Otago, NZ
  • PhD, University of Otago, NZ

Key Areas of Expertise

  • Synthetic organic chemistry
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Formulation chemistry
  • Plastics and polymer chemistry
  • Materials chemistry
  • Chemical process technologies
  • Biochemical technologies
  • Agri-chemicals
  • Mineral and ore processing
  • Food & beverage
Professional Affiliations
  • Fellow, Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia
  • Member, Law Institute Victoria
  • Member, New Zealand Institute of Chemistry
  • Member, Royal Australian Chemical Institute