Patent & Trade Mark
Mary Turonek
Mary Turonek
Senior Associate

Level 29, Allendale Square
77 St. Georges Terrace
Perth WA 6000
Tel +61 8 6208 8930
Fax +61 8 9225 4199
Recent Publications
15 Mar 2016
Despite the slow-down in demand for resources, Australian non-resource exports to China have experienced strong growth as the Chinese economy generates greater demand for consumer goods, high end manufacturing and services. Chinese consumers particularly value clean foods, high value manufactured goods, tourism and education.

21 Aug 2015
For those Australian businesses with export market ambitions, their Australian trade mark registrations have the potential to be the foundation of an international brand protection strategy. If the Australian trade mark registration has underlying flaws or offers inadequate protection, however, a global expansion plan can be seriously compromised.

Mary is a Senior Associate and Practice Manager - Perth, and specialises in the oil and gas space.  Her patent practice is diverse, covering drafting and prosecution, undertaking patent prior art and infringement clearance searches, and giving advice on freedom to operate. She has extensive experience in patent and trade mark oppositions.

Mary enjoys discussing the benefits of having an IP strategy in place with her clients, often spending time with management and board members, to ensure that they are aware of their best options for utilising their IP portfolios for their commercial benefit.  Increasingly, she is called on to provide complex strategic advice to position clients to their commercial advantage in joint ventures and trans-national licensing programs.

With a PhD in Physical and Inorganic Chemistry, her patent practice focuses on a diverse range of chemistry and chemical engineering-related industries, including mineral processing, hydrometallurgy, upstream and downstream oil & gas processing, coal processing technologies, nanotechnology, water treatment, waste management technologies and general engineering.

In previous roles, Mary has also practiced in the Trade Marks field, enabling her to provide broad advice to clients on all their intellectual property needs across the board, ensuring that businesses are aware of their options for getting the most out of their intellectual property.

Mary has worked with a broad range of clients, including SMEs, universities, research organisations and several ASX-listed companies.  This wide variety of clientele, as well as a period of secondment working in-house in a dual-listed global mining company and spending time with IP portfolio managers for multiple business groups, has given her an extensive understanding of the potential options available to clients when utilising their portfolios to build and secure their business plans.

Mary is a registered Australian and New Zealand Patent and Trade Marks Attorney.


  • BSc (Hons), Physical and Inorganic Chemistry, University of Adelaide
  • PhD in Physical and Inorganic Chemistry, University of Adelaide

Key Areas of Expertise

  • Mineral processing
  • Hydrometallurgy
  • Upstream and downstream oil and gas processing
  • Coal processing technologies
  • Nanotechnology
  • Water treatment
  • Waste management technologies
  • Engineering

Advisory Areas

  • Oil and gas processing
  • Freedom to operate
  • IP strategic advice

Industry Focus

Professional Affiliations