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Lee Miles – Senior Associate
Lee Miles is a senior associate in the Biotechnology team in the Sydney office of FB Rice. He provides a range of intellectual property services to clients, with experience in preparing and prosecuting patent applications, co-ordinating prosecution of global patent portfolios, providing patentability, validity and freedom-to-operate opinions, and providing commercially relevant advice to assist clients in developing strong protection of their intellectual property. Lee has been recognised as an MIP Rising Star 2019.


Full Bio

With a broad background in biological sciences, Lee has experience in a range of technology areas including genetic mapping, animal and plant breeding, genomics, gene silencing technologies, gene cloning and expression, immunology, diagnostics and vaccine development. His varied technical experience means that he is well-positioned to assist clients in a range of sectors within the life science space. However, Lee has a particular interest in the agricultural and veterinary sectors as well as plant breeder's rights.

Prior to joining the patent attorney profession, Lee completed an agricultural science degree at the University of Sydney, during which he developed a strong interest in animal and plant genetics and genomics. He was later awarded a PhD from the University of Sydney for his research related to genetic mapping & QTL analysis in saltwater crocodiles which took him to the University of Georgia in the United States. Lee maintains his interest and involvement in this area of research in his capacity as an Honorary Fellow at the University of Sydney, and continues to assist the Australian crocodile farming industry in developing molecular selection tools for implementation in breeding programs.

Although Lee is based in Sydney and enjoys assisting his Sydney clients, he works with a range of clients both domestically and abroad, including start-up companies, universities, research institutes and large multi-nationals.

Lee’s research has been published in several peer-reviewed scientific journals, including a number of recent publications in Science, PLos One and Immunogenics. He continues to keep his finger on the pulse through his involvement with industry as well as his research activities as an Honorary Fellow at the University of Sydney. Lee is also a member of IUCN-SSC Crocodile Specialist Group.

Lee is a registered Australian and New Zealand Patent Attorney.

Education & Industry Expertise


  • BScAg (Hons) from the University of Sydney
  • PhD from the University of Sydney
  • MIP Law from the University of Technology, Sydney

Key Areas of Expertise

  • Genetic mapping
  • Genomics
  • Gene silencing technology
  • Diagnostics
  • Vaccine development
  • Immunology
  • Gene cloning and expression
  • Agricultural science
  • Animal and plant breeding

Industry Focus

  • Agribusiness
  • Biotechnology
Professional Affiliations
  • Member of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia
  • Member of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • Associate Member of the Independent Brewers Association, Australia
  • Associate Member of the Australian Distillers Association