Doug has more than a decade’s experience in prosecuting and securing Intellectual Property rights and assisting with IP enforcement. His practice predominantly involves working with Australian companies and organisations to secure IP rights in Australia and all over the world. However, Doug also has considerable experience in prosecuting and obtaining IP rights in Australia and New Zealand. With a PhD in chemistry, Doug has a particular focus on patents for chemical inventions (including pharmaceutical, agricultural and electro-chemistry, chemical processes and food products), but he also has significant experience in patents for medical devices and treatment methods, and for mechanical and agricultural equipment and devices.
Before becoming a patent and trade mark attorney, Doug’s scientific research experience involved heterocyclic, peptide and organometallic chemistry, as well as pharmacology. His PhD concerned developing and extending drug discovery technologies in collaboration with a Queensland biotechnology company and focussed on privileged substructures. This degree was completed at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at the University of Queensland (Brisbane), and involved research at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. His Honours degree involved synthesising and testing the biological activity of a series of conotoxin (conopeptide) derivatives.
In the course of his studies, Doug received numerous awards including a University Medal (University of Queensland), an Australian Bicentennial Scholarship (Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, King’s College, University of London), and prizes for subjects in patent law (University of Melbourne) and chemistry (University of Queensland).
Doug is a registered Australian and New Zealand Patent Attorney and a registered Australian Trade Mark Attorney. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA), and a Member and Chartered Chemist of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI).