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).