Simon has more than 15 years’ experience as a patent attorney, specialising in biotechnology. Since 2018 he has led Spruson & Ferguson’s Chemical/Life Sciences team, which has rapidly grown to become the largest in Australia by some way, with over 25 attorneys and trainees.
In his role as practice group leader Simon oversees key relationships with a number of the firm’s most prominent clients, while actively assisting them in all aspects of patent practice including drafting, prosecution, oppositions, patentability/validity/freedom to operate matters, and IP portfolio strategy/management. He has drafted and successfully managed sizeable patent portfolios for a number of prominent Australian biotechnology companies, and works closely with several leading Australian universities.
Simon has significant research experience in the areas of molecular biology, immunology and genetics. After graduating from the University of Sydney with a university medal, he gained a PhD for research on HIV antiretroviral drug resistance at the Westmead Millennium Institute in Sydney. He then spent over two years as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Pasteur Institute in Paris as a CJ Martin Postdoctoral Fellowship recipient, before returning to Australia to join the IP profession.
Simon’s expertise has earned him recognition from a number of IP industry guides, in particular:
- IAM Patent 1000 (Australia) 2022; and
- Managing Intellectual Property 2022 IP Stars
- Australasian Lawyer 5-Star Intellectual Property Lawyer Awardee 2021.
In the 2022 IAM Patent 1000 (Australia) guide, he was noted for being “a recognised expert on HIV antiretroviral drug resistance”.
Simon is a fellow of The Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia, and a member of The Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand.