Patent & Trade Mark


Australia and Europe are currently working towards a comprehensive Free Trade Agreement, as indicated by a joint statement made in November 2015.

For further information on filing in Europe, please contact Brett Lunn.

At FB Rice we have a number of Australian and New Zealand Patent Attorneys who are also high calibre European Qualified Attorneys. We firmly believe that we at FB Rice are best placed to translate Australian and New Zealand patenting issues to the European system, because they have been there.

Economic Overview

The European Union is Australia’s largest export market for services, totalling A$10b in 2014, and Australia’s second largest trading partner with $83.9b in goods and services exchanged. The EU is also Australia’s largest source of foreign investment, which in 2014 was valued at A$169.9b, with A$83.5b invested into the EU.

Bilateral Relations

The Australia-EU Partnership Framework current provides structure to the bilateral relationship. The framework is regularly reviewed and revised to improve cooperation areas, with a more formal agreement in discussion. Topics covered in the current framework include foreign policy, security, trade and investment, the Asia-Pacific region, the environment, research and innovation.

Brett Lunn
Managing Partner
As Managing Partner, Brett Lunn is guiding FB Rice in its drive to become the intellectual property (IP) adviser of choice for Australian and global companies. Rather than viewing IP in isolation, Brett is highly regarded for his ability to understand and advise on IP protection in the context of the client’s whole business strategy.
Brett is a registered Australian Patent and Trade Marks Attorney. He is based in our Sydney office, but spends a significant amount of time in both our Perth and Melbourne offices.
16 Sep 2017
At FB Rice, we recognise that diversity is a strength and that we are a better firm for having people with different ethnicity, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation and backgrounds.

17 Feb 2017
The Enlarged Board of Appeal of the EPO has taken the opportunity afforded by the referral of T05557/13 (as discussed in our previous post) to eliminate the chance of self-collision of patents/patent applications once and for all. The full decision G1/15 can be found here.