From the discovery of lead pharmaceutical compounds to the development of polymers, catalysts and composite materials, our team of chemistry attorneys combine hands-on academic and industrial research and commercialisation experience with a wealth of intellectual property knowledge to provide strategic, pragmatic, and commercially relevant patent advice to our clients. Our team has particular expertise in conducting patent oppositions, representing one of the highest number of opposition cases in Australia and New Zealand.

As a team, we are actively engaged with the chemical industry, supporting organisations including the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, Chemistry Australia, and the American Chemical Society. This ensures that regardless of the specialised chemical technology, our attorneys bring relevant, up-to-date perspective to managing a client’s intellectual property.

Our chemistry expertise

Our chemists have extensive expertise across a broad range of technologies, including human and veterinary pharmaceuticals, nanotechnology, materials science, mineral processing and extraction, composite materials, electroactive coatings, and polymers. We also specialise in medicinal chemistry and small molecule therapeutics, including protection of new therapeutic uses of existing actives and compositions.

Our team have key areas of expertise in the following industries:

  • cleantech
  • consumer products
  • chemical engineering
  • diagnostics
  • food and beverage
  • materials science and polymers
  • mining, oil and gas
  • nanotechnology
  • organic and inorganic chemistry
  • pharmaceuticals.

Meet our chemistry team

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Marcus Caulfield


  • Melbourne
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John Landells


  • Sydney ,
  • Melbourne ,
  • Adelaide
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Paul Whenman

Consulting Partner

  • Sydney
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