Patent & Trade Mark
Matthew Lay
Matthew Lay
Patent Attorney

Level 14, 90 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel +61 3 8618 4154
Fax +61 3 8618 4199
Recent Publications
15 Feb 2017
‘… we need to significantly lift our game if we want to be a top tier innovation nation’ - Bill Ferris AC, Chair of Innovation Science Australia’s Board.

18 Jul 2016
3D printing has been heralded as a disruptive technology, driving creativity and innovation. 3D printing has also potentially made counterfeiting of products much easier. The full impact on industry is perhaps only beginning to be felt as the cost of 3D printers has dropped and they have become more prevalent.

30 Jun 2016
On 1 July 2016, the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program between the Australian Patent Office and the European Patent Office (EPO) begins.
Matthew is a registered patent attorney based in our Melbourne office. His passion for science and technology initially led him into the field of research, and now fuels his interest in guiding clients to obtaining the best IP protection for their needs. His diverse research career at leading universities and a leading research organisation includes work in physical metallurgy, semiconductors, and computational bio-medical research. Matthew’s patent experience extends over fields such as mechanical engineering, MRI and other analytical instrumentation, building construction, medical devices and software.

Since joining the industry, Matthew has gained experience in drafting and prosecuting Australian applications, as well as instructing foreign agents in the prosecution of applications, including applications in America, Europe, Japan and China. His experience also extends to assisting with numerous novelty, infringement, and due diligence searches for clients.

Matthew was an OCE Postdoctoral fellow at CSIRO in the Materials Science and Engineering division. During this fellowship he studied heat treatment of alloys such as metallic glasses with positrons, X-rays, magnetic resonance and mechanical testing. While at the Centre for Quantum Computer Technology, Matthew gained experienced in semiconductor device fabrication, particle accelerators, electron microscopy, high vacuum equipment, compressed gases, cryogenic equipment, furnaces, and chemical processing of surfaces. He also studied immune cell kinetics and cell diversity using mathematical modelling and statistical analysis during his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of New South Wales, School of Medicine.

His broad range of technical skills and diverse research background, coupled with his dedication to innovation and technology advancement, gives Matthew an advantageous viewpoint for offering clients advice on the ideal way to go about protecting their intellectual property. He uses this perspective to advise on the best way to beneficially incorporate intellectual property as a key part of business models.

Matthew completed his Masters of Intellectual Property at the University of Melbourne in 2015, and his PhD in 2006.


  • BSc (Hons) in Physics and Mathematics, University of Melbourne
  • PhD in Physics, University of Melbourne
  • Masters of Intellectual Property Law, University of Melbourne, 2015

Key Areas of Expertise

  • Physics
  • Analytical instrumentation
  • Electronic and electrical engineering
  • Information and communications technology
  • Materials science and engineering
  • Thin film technology and semiconductors
  • Physical metallurgy
  • Defence and military

Industry Focus

Professional Affiliations

  • Australian Institute of Physics