Chairman & Principal


Gary started in the IP profession in 1990 as an Examiner of Patents with the Australian Patent Office (now IP Australia).

In 1991, he moved to Sydney and took up a position with a then leading Sydney based IP firm. In 1994, Gary took up a position with Wrays.

Gary’s practice extends across the following areas in biotechnology and pharmaceuticals:

  • advice towards strategic IP development in start-up companies and SME’s;
  • drafting patent applications;
  • prosecution of patent applications;
  • opinion work, including freedom to operate opinions, opinions for regulatory approval of  pharmaceuticals as well as general due diligence opinion; and
  • contentious matters including:
    • Patent oppositions; and
    • Litigation – court actions (infringement and revocation actions) in Australia and New Zealand.

Some of the leading contention matters that Gary has been retained to act in:

  • Genetics Institute Inc v Kirin-Amgen Inc (1996) 34 IPR 513 (Acted for Kirin Amgen);
  • Pfizer Overseas Pharmaceuticals v Eli Lilly and Co (2005) 225 ALR 416 (Acted for Eli Lilly and Co);
  • Genentech, Inc v Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and Human Genome Sciences, Inc [2006] APO 20 (5 June 2006) (Acted for Human Genome Sciences Inc); and
  • Danisco A/S v Novozymes A/S (No 2) [2011] FCA 282 (29 March 2011) (Acted for Danisco A/S)
  • Eli Lilly and Company Limited v Apotex Pty Ltd [2013] FCA 214

A more detailed list of cases can be provided on request

  • Barrister & Solicitor
  • Australian Patent and Trade Marks Attorney
  • New Zealand Patent Attorney
Admitted to Practice
  • High Court of Australia
  • Federal Court of Australia
  • Supreme Court of Western Australia
  • Australian Patent & Trademark Office (IP Australia)
  • New Zealand Patent Office
  • Industry Areas
    • Life Science & Biotechnology
    • Pharmaceuticals
    • Medical Technologies
    Educational Background
    • Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Microbiology and Biochemistry)
    • Registered Australian and New Zealand Patent Attorney & Australian Trade Marks Attorney
    Professional Affiliations
    • Fellow, Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia
    • Member, Intellectual Property Society of Australia & New Zealand
    • Member, Licensing Executives Society of Australia & New Zealand
    • Member, Federation Internationale des Conseils en Propriete Industrielle