Patent & Trade Mark
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Melbourne VIC 3000
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Toby Thompson – Senior Associate

Toby Thompson is based in the Melbourne office as a senior associate in the Chemistry team and is experienced in many aspects of patent work (including drafting applications and patent prosecution strategy/portfolio management), however the majority of his practice involves conducting clearance searches, providing FTO advice, and opposition work. Toby supports clients in the fields of pharmaceuticals, animal healthcare and chemistry by providing them with relevant advice regarding their IP.  Toby has worked in patents for over 10 years and has qualified as a European and UK patent attorney (alongside being an AU/NZ patent and trade mark attorney). He is focused on providing relevant advice to clients and ensuring that their IP strategy is aligned with commercial goals.


Full Bio

During his time working in Europe, as well as gaining extensive experience in patent prosecution before the European Patent Office (EPO), Toby also acquired expertise in patent term extensions and Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs), through handling various UK SPC cases and a pan-European SPC filing programme.

Before moving into intellectual property Toby spent five years working for the pharmaceutical company, AstraZeneca, in medicinal chemistry. He initially worked in lead optimisation and played a principal role in identifying two candidate drugs based on knowledge of synthetic organic chemistry, SAR, DMPK and pharmaceutical safety issues. Subsequently, Toby led a group providing large scale quantities of candidate drugs for preclinical safety studies, and carrying out synthetic route development work to support drug discovery projects. Toby is named as an inventor on seven patent families.

Toby was a guest lecturer in Advanced Medicinal Chemistry at Nottingham Trent University, UK and was industrial supervisor for an organic chemistry PhD student at the University of Southampton, UK. Since 2018 he has been involved in the Entrepreneurship in Engineering course running at RMIT for PhD students, delivering the Intellectual Property module alongside colleagues from FB Rice.

Education & Industry Expertise


  • PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Nottingham, UK
  • Master of Science in Chemistry from the University of Nottingham, UK
  • Master in Intellectual Property Law from the University of Melbourne
  • Certificate of Intellectual Property Law from Queen Mary College, University of London

Key Areas of Expertise

  • Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry
  • Drug design and delivery
  • Formulation chemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Biochemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Supramolecular chemistry
  • Polymers
Professional Affiliations
  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute