Ean is a Principal in Spruson & Ferguson’s Chemical/Life Sciences team in Australia. He is an experienced patent attorney specialising in biotechnology, qualified to practice in Australia, New Zealand, UK and before the European Patent Office.
Ean’s IP career has spanned three continents, having practiced in Asia, Europe and Australia. He has both private practice and in house experience, having previously worked as Senior Counsel for a leading multinational chemical company in Belgium. This combination of experience makes his advice both commercially and globally relevant.
Ean specialises in patent law with an emphasis on IP strategy development, drafting of specifications, prosecution, opposition proceedings, and the provision of validity and infringement advice.
He has particular experience in the plant molecular biology, biotechnology and Big Pharma industry sectors. Ean also has extensive experience of IP law and practice in Europe and Asia, having lived and worked in both continents for many years, and having worked on contentious patent issues for large pharmaceutical clients in the UK, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam and Indonesia.
Ean is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (UK), and a member of the Australian Biotechnology Association (AusBiotech).