DCC Appointments for 2009

DCC Appointments for 2009

DCC Appointments for 2009

On 1 July, the following staff were welcomed into the Davies Collison Cave partnership:


Richard Brown

B.Sc. (Hons.), Ph.D., M.IP Law, Patent Attorney

Richard specialises in patent matters related to Information and Communication Technology (ICT), microelectronics, microsystems/nanotechnology and physics. Previously, Richard was a Research Professor at the Microelectronics Research Center at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, a Resident Consultant at Bell Laboratories (Lucent Technologies), a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University, and a Research Associate in the Materials Science & Engineering Department at North Carolina State University.

Paula de Bruyn

B.Sc. (Hons.), Ph.D., Patent Attorney

Paula’s areas of expertise include biological and therapeutic molecules, particularly their structure, mechanism of action and preparation, as well as other areas of general organic and natural product chemistry.

After completing her Doctorate degree, Paula expanded her technical knowledge by gaining industrial research experience in the areas of phenolic resins and composite materials before returning to the pharmaceutical sphere in the design and preparation of novel anti-viral agents as potential drug candidates.

William Hird

B.E. (Chem.)(Hons.), MLS, Patent Attorney

William specialises in the technical fields of mechanical, chemical and process engineering.

His engineering studies focused on modelling industrial biochemical processes in the area of wastewater treatment. His final year of engineering study was completed on exchange at the Ecole National Superieur d’Ingenieur Genie Chimique (ENSIGC) in Toulouse, a member of the French Grande Ecoles.

Since joining Davies Collison Cave in 1998, William has been particularly involved with the protection of innovations developed in the clean technology sector which include environmentally sensitive building materials, renewable energy production, clean coal, CO2 capture and storage, and treatment and recycling of waste and waste water.

Senior Associates

Ross Clark

B.Eng (Comp.)

Ross specialises in the area of computer engineering.

Ross’s degree included electrical engineering subjects such as digital design, electronics, microcontrollers and computer architecture. His degree also included computer science subjects such as artificial intelligence, operating systems, computer networks and several programming languages.

Sally Foreman

B.LS., LL.B. (Hons.), LL.M.

Sally advises on all aspects of trade marks including, selection, searching, prosecution, opposition and infringement as well as related issues under the Trade Practices Act 1974 and passing off. Sally has worked on secondment with Telstra Corporation Limited and during 2005, she worked for a European Attorney Firm in the United Kingdom where she gained experience in European trademark law and practice.

Mathew Lucas

M.IP Law, Ph.D., B.Sc. (Hons.), MRACI C Chem, FIPTA, Patent Attorney

Mathew works in the chemical group on a range of intellectual property matters, specialising in pharmaceuticals. He has particular experience in the preparation and prosecution of patent specifications, providing infringement and validity advice as well as patent oppositions. Previously, Mathew spent a year at the University of Illinois in Chicago in the laboratories of Professor David Crich, working on low-temperature radical initiators and aryl selenide radical induced polarity reversal catalysis.

Helen Mutimer

B.Sc. (Hons.), Ph.D., M.IP Law, Patent Attorney

Helen specialises in the drafting and prosecution of patent specifications in respect of biotechnology related inventions, with a particular focus on Australia and the US. Before commencing with the firm, Helen worked for an IP firm in the United States for two years. She was responsible for preparing and prosecuting many United States Patents, as well as conducting telephone interviews with examiners and participating in multiple interviews at the US Patent and Trademark Office.


Kimberley Trainor


Kimberley provides advice on domestic and international trade mark adoption, trade mark searches, trade mark prosecution and trade mark opposition.

Kimberley also provides advice in relation to domain name registrations and domain name disputes including filing complaints under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy.

Becky White

B.Sc., LL.B., Patent Attorney

Becky specialises in patents for the life sciences and biotechnology industries. Becky is involved in providing strategic advice to local clients to assist in managing their patent portfolio. She also drafts and prosecutes patent specifications, prepares freedom to operate reports, and undertakes due diligence analysis. Before joining Davies Collison Cave, Becky worked for six years in a New Zealand patent attorney firm.