Simon Potter

Dr. Simon Potter

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

Simon is an experienced patent attorney specialising in biotechnology. As head of Spruson & Ferguson’s Chemical/Life Sciences team in Australia, he assists clients 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 research experience in 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. Simon also held a postdoctoral research position at the Pasteur Institute as a CJ Martin Postdoctoral Fellowship recipient.

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


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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