Patent & Trade Mark
John Landells
John Landells

Level 14, 90 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel +61 3 8618 4143
Fax +61 3 8618 4199
Recent Publications
09 Mar 2018
From 5 April 2018, various amendments to the Patents Regulations 2014 come into effect in New Zealand to address a few unintended problems arising from the new Patents Act 2013 and its Regulations. Issues being fixed include addressing filing requirements around divisional claims and microorganism deposits.

04 Nov 2016
The New Zealand Government has essentially advised that it proposes to retrospectively implement changes to the transitional provisions of the new Act so that divisional applications filed from old Act applications are examined and granted as new Act divisionals.

19 Jul 2016
On 13 July 2016, the New Zealand Parliament’s Commerce Committee released an updated Patents (Trans-Tasman Patent Attorneys and Other Matters) Amendment Bill (“Bill”) recommending the provisions regarding the new single patent application process (SAP) and a single examination process (SEP) be removed.
John Landells is a Partner in the FB Rice Melbourne Chemistry team.
He has over 12 years’ experience in the patent attorney profession and has been involved in a practice largely comprised of local based innovators, which includes drafting and filing of provisional and complete applications across a range of chemical based technologies, and strategic advice and prosecution of applications in Australia and overseas.
John has extensive experience working with various companies and Universities in Australia and overseas in the drafting, filing, prosecution and provision of strategic advice for Australian, New Zealand and overseas applications.  His experience also involves oppositions before the Australian Patent Office, Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand and European Patent Office, 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.
John is a registered Patent Attorney and Legal Practitioner in Australia and New Zealand.

"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.

"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."

  • 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
Industry Focus
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