FPA Patent Attorneys Pty Ltd (FPA) is an independent, top-tier, Australian-based patent attorney practice with expertise in patent and design filing, prosecution and oppositions in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia.

FPA Patent Attorneys has an exclusive focus on patents and designs, and a reputation for excellence and successfully delivering on the most important projects. With a team of 30 patent professionals having expertise and experience spanning all innovative and “next-big-thing” technologies, FPA specialises in understanding its clients’ commercial interests and implementing patent examination strategies to align with those commercial interests. Internationally, FPA’s client base of multinational companies continues to grow. Domestically, as recognition of its expertise, they continue to act for major Australian Universities to secure protection for their new research.

As a top tier, Australian-based firm, FPA also specialises in understanding innovative global industries and the burgeoning and increasingly important South East Asian patent market, which it sees as a growth area. The firm invests time in understanding its clients as individual organisations to provide expert advice on the creation, management, enforcement and commercialisation of patents and designs throughout South East Asia.

FPA also has access to a large full-service corporate law firm through its strategic relationship with Herbert Smith Freehills, which enables FPA to provide IP litigators and commercial practitioners expert in all areas of commercial law including competition and anti-trust, tax, mergers & acquisitions, venture capital and equity capital markets.
The patent attorneys at FPA have a depth of expertise, educational qualifications and proven records of involvement in their clients’ industries. Most FPA attorneys have worked in industry or undertaken postdoctoral research prior to entering the patent attorney profession. FPA encourages its attorneys to focus on and specialise in specific technologies and industries.

Patents and Designs

FPA’s revenue is generated from services in relation to patents and designs for local clients, foreign corporates directly and clients referred by foreign patent firms requiring services in Australia and New Zealand.

For clients seeking to register patents or designs in respect of their own IP, FPA provides services across all stages of the patent and design lifecycles, comprising pre-filing, filing, prosecution and renewal. The types of services provided include:

  • drafting patent specifications
    • Australia – from filing to grant
    • New Zealand – from filing to grant
    • US, Europe, Asia and other jurisdictions
  • actively prosecuting patent applications through to formal grant in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia
  • extensions of time and late filing of applications
  • opposition proceedings
  • re-examinations
  • maintaining a patent and renewals
  • innovation patents
  • infringement advice
  • searching and freedom to operate opinions
  • design registration
  • enforceability and patent validity analysis
  • strategic product line assessment

In 1988, the patent attorney practice which was to become FPA was formed within law firm Freehill Hollingdale & Page. FPA began practising as a separate business unit within Freehill Hollingdale & Page in 1991. It grew to seven partners before merging with another patent attorney firm, Carter Smith & Beadle, in 2000. Carter Smith & Beadle traces its own origins back to 1890. In 2012, Freehills Patent Attorneys separated from the Freehills partnership but continues to work closely with lawyers from Herbert Smith Freehills.

Clients have ranked both DCC and FPA as Tier 1 firms in the highly regarded Managing Intellectual Property Stars IP Stars Patent Firm Survey.

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FPA’s registered attorneys are bound by the Australian government’s Code of Conduct for attorneys.

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