Simon Potter

Dr. Simon Potter

Principal, Chemical / Life Sciences Leader Australia
Patents: Chemical & Life Science
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Overview

Simon joined Spruson & Ferguson in 2007 and is an experienced patent attorney specialising in the field of biotechnology. He completed a Bachelor degree specialising in molecular biology and genetics at the University of Sydney in 2000, graduating with first class Honours and a University Medal. He was awarded a PhD for his research in the area of molecular virology at the Westmead Millennium Institute in 2004.

Simon was a recipient of a CJ Martin Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council. He undertook postdoctoral research at the Pasteur Institute in France from 2004-2006, where he gained further expertise in the fields of immunology and cellular biology.

As co-head of our Chemical/Life Sciences group in Sydney, Simon assists numerous local and international clients in various aspects of Australian and New Zealand patent practice including drafting, general prosecution, oppositions, patentability / validity opinions, freedom to operate advice and portfolio strategy/management. He has drafted, managed and successfully prosecuted sizeable patent portfolios for a number of prominent Australian biotechnology companies, and works closely with several leading Australian universities.

Simon is a Member of The Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA), The Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ) and AusBiotech.


Dr. Simon Potter's Insights
Plant IP Protection in Australia: Patent, Plant Breeder’s Rights, or both?
In Australia, plant varieties, including genetically modified plants, can be protected under both the Australian Plant Breeder's Rights Act 1994 (the “PBR Act”) and the Australian Patents Act 1990....
In Australia, plant varieties, including genetically modified plants, can be protected under both the Australian Plant Breeder's Rights Act...
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New Zealand Update: Trans-Tasman Initiatives
The implementation of a single trans-Tasman patent application/examination process and patent attorney regime may be one-step closer.
The implementation of a single trans-Tasman patent application/examination process and patent attorney regime may be one-step closer.
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Australian IP Amendment Bill Tackles Trans-Tasman Initiatives and TRIPS Protocol
As Australian patent applicants, their representatives, and the Australian Patent Office settle into life after the substantial changes to patents legislation brought about by the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment...
As Australian patent applicants, their representatives, and the Australian Patent Office settle into life after the substantial changes to...
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