Jason Manakis is a Senior Associate in Spruson & Ferguson’s EICT team, having joined the firm in 2020. He has close to 10 years’ experience as a patent attorney, including a year spent as a secondee patent attorney at an engineering firm.
Prior to joining the patent profession, Jason was a research engineer at the Monash Injury Research Institute, where he assisted on several projects aimed at improving motor vehicle safety. During his undergraduate studies, Jason conducted research into fluid flow visualisation techniques, such as particle image velocimetry. Jason also conducted research into supersonic jet nozzle design, particularly with the aim of minimising jet screech.
Jason’s current practice includes drafting and prosecuting Australian and foreign patent and design applications, providing patentability, validity, and infringement advice, and conducting patent oppositions. Jason’s practice also includes novelty and freedom-to-operate searching and advice, and due diligence assessment and advice.
Jason has extensive experience in patent portfolio management for local and foreign clients, including for large multi-national corporations in mining and mechanical engineering. His primary technology areas include mechanical engineering and manufacturing, machinery, medical devices, consumer products, building and construction, and aerospace engineering, materials, and structures.
Jason graduated from Monash University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering (Hons) degree and a Bachelor of Laws degree. In 2016, he completed a Master of Intellectual Property Law degree at Melbourne University.