Patent & Trade Mark
Attorneys
Level 14, 90 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
AUSTRALIA
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Toby Thompson – Overseas Qualified Attorney
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Toby has worked in patents for over 10 years (in Europe and Australia) and qualified as a European and UK patent attorney.  He specialises in pharmaceuticals, animal healthcare, and new  chemical processes. He is experienced in many aspects of patent work (including drafting applications and coordinating patent prosecution strategy/portfolio management), however the majority of his practice involves conducting clearance searches, providing FTO advice, and opposition work.  Toby also has expertise in SPCs.

 

 

 
 
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Toby has worked in patents for over 10 years (in Europe and Australia) and qualified as a European and UK patent attorney.  He specialises in pharmaceuticals, animal healthcare, and new chemical processes.  He is experienced in many aspects of patent work (including drafting applications and coordinating patent prosecution strategy/portfolio management), however the majority of his practice involves conducting clearance searches, providing FTO advice, and opposition work.  Toby is focused on providing relevant advice to clients and ensuring that their IP strategy is aligned with commercial goals.

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 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 has been a guest lecturer in Advanced Medicinal Chemistry at Nottingham Trent University, UK and 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
 
 
 

Education

  • PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Nottingham, UK
  • Master of Science in Chemistry from the University of Nottingham, UK
  • Certificate of Intellectual Property Law from Queen Mary College, University of London
  • Qualifying examinations at the UK and European Patent Offices Key

Key Areas of Expertise

  • Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry
  • Drug design and delivery
  • Formulation chemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Biodegradable polymers

Industry Focus

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Agribusiness
  • Biotechnology
 
 
Professional Affiliations
 
 
 
  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry