Patent & Trade Mark


The US is a global leader in innovation and new technologies, R&D, and international trade and investment.

For information on filing in the United States, please contact Brett Lunn.

Economic Overview

The United States is the world’s largest economy with a GDP estimated at close to US$17.42 trillion in 2014, equating to approximately 22.5 per cent of the global GDP.

The US typically treats foreign investors as equals when dealing with domestic business, and is Australia’s largest two-way investment partner with over $1.3 trillion investment stocks in 2014. The US is also Australia’s third largest trading partner in goods and services at $64.6bn, following China and Japan.

Bilateral Relations

Australia and the United States have maintained over 75 years of diplomatic relations through robust bilateral relations, characterised by cultural and policy similarities spanning foreign policy, trade and investment, law, defence and security, intelligence, development, energy, environment, and education.

The Alliance and the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA) are key to this relationship and also contributes to widespread global government, academic, and business collaboration. Both countries are also heavily involved in regional and global networks including G20, World Trade Organization, United Nations, and East Asia Summit.

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.

27 Feb 2017
A recent proposal by the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) to amend 35 U.S.C. ยง 101 could bring positive change to applicants attempting to acquire patent rights for computer implemented inventions in the US.