Philip Gehrig
Agribusiness, Consumer Goods, Energy, Engineering, Food and Beverage, Information Technology, Medical Technology
Philip Gehrig - Principal and Patent Attorney at Wrays

Philip has extensive international IP experience, having practiced as a patent attorney in Europe for many years.

Philip holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree with Honours from the University of Melbourne.  He practices in the fields of patents, trade marks, and designs and his technical experience and expertise span a broad range of engineering technologies, including aeronautical and aerospace construction and components, medical devices and surgical instruments, prostheses and implants, mining and agricultural equipment, manufacturing processes and machinery, gaming machines and gaming systems, software architecture, clean energy, and consumer products.

Philip commenced his career in the patent attorney profession in Melbourne, Australia in the 1990s. He qualified as an Australian patent attorney and a New Zealand patent attorney and practiced in Melbourne for 10 years before moving to Europe. Based then in Germany for many years, Philip also qualified as a German patent attorney (Patentanwalt) and a European patent attorney and became a partner of a leading patent and trademark attorney firm in Munich. There he represented numerous German and European SMEs and multi-national corporations in the procurement and defence of their IP rights, specialising in examination, opposition and appeal procedures before the European Patent Office (EPO).

Upon returning from Europe to practice again in Australia in 2017, Philip was elected to the Council of the Institute of Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA). In this capacity, he became Convenor of the Patent Practice & IP Australia Business Relations Committee and Chair of a Working Group preparing submissions to IP Australia (i.e. the Australian Patent Office) on the patentability of computer-implemented inventions.

Philip is a Fellow of IPTA, a member of the German Patentanwaltskammer, a member of FICPI and a member of AIPPI.


  • Australian Patent & Trade Marks Attorney
  • New Zealand Patent Attorney
  • German Patent Attorney (Patentanwalt)
  • European Patent Attorney

Professional affiliations

  • Institute of Patent and Trademark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA)
  • Deutsche Patentanwaltskammer (DPAK)
  • International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI)
  • International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)