Patent & Trade Mark


FR Rice is proud to be acknowledged for a number of industry awards both nationally and internationally.


Below is a snapshot including some of our most recent recognition.


Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) IP STARS is a specialist guide to the leading IP firms and practitioners worldwide. The IP STARS are determined by MIP’s team of researchers, having completed an analysis of the industry, feedback and other independent information.

Partners Connie Merlino, Rachel Hooke, Charles Berman, Joanne Martin and Paul Whenman are recognised as IP Stars. Joanne Martin is also named an IP star in the Top 250 Women in IP Worldwide; a ranking dedicated to recognising the accomplishments of female IP practitioners in their respective jurisdictions across the globe. Joanne’s recognition is not only a tribute to the high quality work and leadership that Joanne provides, but also indicative of the strong leadership team we have at FB Rice.


MIP acknowledged FB Rice as a Tier One firm for both patent prosecution and trade mark prosecution and “Australian Prosecution Firm of the Year” in 2018.

MIP stated: “Market commentators observe that it offers "absolutely terrific advice and strategic thinking". In addition MIP mentions “FB Rice is one of the leading firms for prosecution work.” A client says the firm's trade mark team "responds quickly" to enquiries.” A client also adds: "FB Rice have consistently provided expert advice while controlling costs."


Client Choice Awards are the most prestigious award for professional services organisations in Australia and New Zealand. Beaton, the leading researcher in ‘voice of the client’ services and consultant to professional services, provides the independent research behind the Awards.

FB Rice was awarded “Best IP Specialist Firm in 2018”.

IAM Patent 1000 identifies rankings for IP patent firms and top patent professionals in key jurisdictions around the globe. FB Rice ranked as “Highly Recommendedfor Patent Prosecution in 2018.

Managing Partner, Brett Lunn, Jenny Petering, Ian Rourke and John Landells made the 2018 IAM Patent recommended list. IAM Patent 1000 stated: “A culture of excellence and reliability” is apparent in every instruction handled by FB Rice, “a top-notch patent attorney firm that tackles the most challenging domestic and international briefs for an enormous client base. Without ever breaking a sweat, the troop forecasts and plugs any gaps that may emerge when securing rights; its attorneys cooperate with third parties and take an essential role in developing commercial IP strategy”.

The WTR 1000 research directory focuses exclusively on trademark practices and practitioners, and has firmly established itself as the definitive ‘go-to’ resource for those seeking world-class legal trademark expertise.

FB Rice ranked as “Highly Recommended” for Trademark Prosecution and Strategy in 2018. “Home to lawyers qualified in Australia, New Zealand, North America, South Africa, the United Kingdom and from across Asia, FB Rice is well equipped for the ever-increasing globalisation of IP rights. It understands the way in which issues can extend across international borders and the importance of a watertight worldwide strategy.” - WTR 1000.

Partners Michael Seifried and Joanne Martin made the 2018 WTR 1000 recommended list.

The Asia IP Awards recognise the top trademark, patent and copyright practices as determined by in-house counsel from Asia, Europe and the Americas. More than 5,000 in-house counsel were polled by Asia IP magazine throughout the first part of 2018.  FB Rice was awarded Australian “Trademark Firm of the Year 2018”

There is a significant amount of high-level intellectual property work being done in Asia,” said Asia IP publisher Darren Barton. “Each year, the competition to win an Asia IP Award becomes more and more competitive.”