Patent & Trade Mark
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Sydney NSW 2000
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Paul Whenman – Consulting Partner
Paul Whenman is a consulting partner of FB Rice and heads the firm’s Life Sciences group and our Sydney Chemistry team. As a qualified patent attorney, Paul has had a distinguished career with the firm with over 30 years’ experience in chemically related patents, including pharmaceuticals, animal health products, surface coatings and water related technologies. Paul has been recognised as an IP Star for patent prosecution in Managing Intellectual Property, 2019/20.
Full Bio
Paul has an enviable reputation for his knowledge and expertise in the chemical patent space, with an ability to instantly identify issues and develop management strategies to work around them, particularly in the scientific and R&D sectors where he has an in-depth understanding of business practices. In particular, Paul is known for his experience in dealing with the complex area of patent term extensions, and has co-authored the Australian chapter of the highly regarded 2015 NOMOS publication: Ergänzende Schutzzertifikate - Patent Term Extensions (ed. Arne Markgraf).

Highly regarded in the legal community for his guidance and testimony on complex litigation proceedings, Paul has a results oriented approach, focusing resources and optimising outcomes. His professional network extends around the world to research bodies as well as overseas associate firms, and has been established through years of travel and conferences.

Paul has a keen interest in the IP developments in India, with an impressive network of Associate firms and contacts. He is well placed to provide guidance to local and foreign clients looking to develop their interests there.

Prior to joining FB Rice, Paul worked for over ten years as an industrial chemist, principally in the pharmaceutical and health care industry before pursuing a career in the patent profession.

In 1984, Paul joined FB Rice and became a partner in the firm in 1989. He served as Managing Partner from 1995 to 2009, overseeing the expansion of the firm and a move to CBD premises. In that time, the partnership grew to 14 partners and 37 professionals, and the client list built to an impressive range of local and global manufacturers, software companies and global brand names.

Paul has been recognised as an IP Star for patent prosecution in Managing Intellectual Property, 2018. Paul is a registered Australian and New Zealand Patent and Trade Marks Attorney.

"FB Rice is constantly growing and evolving to ensure that we’re up to date with the industry, while at the same time maintaining the high standard of service and technical expertise that we provide to our clients."
Education & Industry Expertise


  • BSc in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the Australian National University

Key Areas of Expertise

  • Agriculture

  • Animal health
  • Food technologies
  • Energy, mining and resources
  • Pest Control
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Water technologies
  • Health, beauty and personal care
  • Surface coatings
Professional Affiliations
  • Fellow of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia
  • Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Member of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association
  • Member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property
  • Member of International Federation of Industrial Property Attorneys
  • Member of the American Chemical Society