2008 Appointments at Davies Collison Cave

2008 Appointments at Davies Collison Cave

On the 1st of July, the following staff were welcomed into the Davies Collison Cave partnership. (* appointed to Davies Collison Cave Solicitors).


Ian Pascarl (Melbourne Office)*

Ian has extensive experience in a wide range of contentious and non-contentious intellectual property and competition law disputes and transactions. Lately his practice has had an emphasis on major litigation in the pharmaceutical and life sciences area.

Ian is ranked as one of Australia's leading IP experts by Asia Pacific Legal 500, Legal Media Group Expert Guide and Chambers Global 2007; as a leading individual by PLC – Cross Border Handbook 2008 for IP Litigation and Euromoney's Guide to the World's leading Patent Law Practitioners 2007 and recognised in the 2008 AFR survey of Australia's 100 Best Lawyers.

Ian is the Chairman of the Intellectual Property Committee of the Law Council of Australia.

Chris Carter (Sydney Office)

Chris practices in the patent and design areas, mainly providing advice concerning products in the fields of information and communication technology, e-commerce, micro and nano technology, business methods, physics, electronics, medical devices and mechanical devices. Chris focuses on the preparation of patent specifications, local and international prosecution, oppositions, validity and infringement advice, assisting in litigation matters and due diligence. Chris also holds a PhD in experimental physics.

Joy Atacador (Melbourne Office)*

Joy advises clients on ownership, protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights, with a key focus on anticounterfeiting strategies and border protection measures. She has considerable expertise in conducting complex litigation utilising legal case management software.

Alistair Smith (Brisbane Office)

Alistair specialises in computer software and electronic devices, with a particular emphasis on their application to the medical and biotechnology areas. Prior to joining Davies Collison Cave, Alistair worked for a patent attorney firm in London where he qualified as a European and UK Patent Attorney.

Kathryn Morris (Brisbane Office)

After completing her Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry, Kathryn held postdoctoral research positions at the University of St Andrews, Scotland specialising in elucidation of enzyme mechanism and structure and organic synthesis, and at the Heart Research Institute, Sydney, studying the effects of antioxidants on atherosclerosis. Kathryn specialises in the areas of pharmaceuticals, organic chemistry and biochemistry.

Senior Associates

Sylvan Browne

Sylvan specialises in patents and designs, with an emphasis on drafting and prosecution in electrical, software, medical, bioinformatics and mechanical technologies. Sylvan also advises clients on developing patent strategies to suit their business needs, with a specific focus on pursuing patent protection in the key North American, European and Asian markets. Prior to returning to Davies Collison Cave in 2008, Sylvan worked in Canada for 4 years, where he practiced as a patent agent before the Canadian Intellectual Property Office and the US Patent and Trade Mark Office. During that time, Sylvan had significant experience in US, Canadian and European drafting and prosecution for sophisticated technology companies, including a large wireless email device company.

Richard Brown

Richard specialises in patent matters related to Information and Communication Technology (ICT), microelectronics, microsystems/nanotechnology and physics. He has extensive experience in a diverse range of technologies, including software and hardware based inventions, networking and Internet technologies, e-commerce, business methods, microelectronics, semiconductor and materials processing, photonics, telecommunications, microsystems/MEMS, nanotechnology, physics, and bioinformatics.

Nik Ramchand

Nik has a broad practice involving both contentious and non-contentious patent disputes and advice, and includes the drafting and prosecution of patents in the information technology and business method fields, advising on freedom-tooperate, patent infringement and validity in the telecommunications, medical device and software industries.

William Hird

William is a member of the Engineering and Materials Sciences Patent groups. His professional activities include drafting, prosecution and opposition of patent applications, as well as providing advice on patent matters in the technical fields of mechanical, chemical and process engineering.


Nigel Lokan

Nigel's practice focuses on patent oppositions, drafting and prosecution of patent applications in the chemical arts. He has experience in a broad range of technologies including organic chemistry, photochemistry, pharmaceuticals, process engineering, biochemistry, supramolecular chemistry and nuclear chemistry. Nigel's doctoral research involved the design and synthesis of complex carbocyclic frameworks for studying electron and energy transfer processes.

Robert Finn

Robert is involved in drafting, filing and prosecuting patent applications, particularly in the field of mechanical engineering but also in the areas of chemical and process engineering. He also handles patent opposition work and provides advice regarding patent infringement and validity. Rob's practice also involves registered designs. Rob began his working career in the iron ore industry, spending two and a half years in Western Australia, where he worked as a mechanical engineer.

Liz Lawson*

Liz's primary areas of practice are commercial litigation and intellectual property litigation, including patent, design and trade mark infringements as well as advising on Trade Practices Act issues and the common law action of passing off. Liz has conducted litigation in several jurisdictions, including the Federal Court, Federal Magistrates Court, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal as well as various State Courts.

Miriam Zanker*

Miriam's main area of practice is intellectual property litigation. She provides advice on copyright, trade mark and patent infringement, trade practices disputes and protection of confidential information. Miriam has experience in running complex trade practices and intellectual property litigation.

Susanne Hantos

Susanne is a trained chemist, a librarian and a registered patent attorney who specialises in conducting comprehensive searches of patent publications and scientific literature, as well as providing patent due diligence and competitive intelligence services including patent landscape portfolios. She advises on patentability (novelty), patent infringement, freedom to operate and patent validity issues related to chemical technology.

Simon Ware

Simon is a technical assistant within the mechanical group and is involved with the preparation of patent applications and prosecutions. Previously, Simon gained four years experience while working with another large patent attorney firm in Melbourne.

Tony Lolis

Tony's practice focuses on all aspects of trade mark law including searching, filing and prosecution. Tony also has extensive experience in opposition matters before the Australian Trade Marks Office. He has acted for clients in a broad range of industries and has particular experience in the pharmaceutical, food, automobile and tobacco industries. He has also acted for various high-profile sporting organisations and sporting identities.

Anne Hendtlass

Anne works in the biotechnology group particularly specializing in the areas of molecule biology, including plant molecular biology, and Plant Breeder's Rights. Anne is involved in the preparation and prosecution of patent specifications and the provision of advice in relation to all aspects of plant matters, and has assisted Australian businesses and universities and well as overseas corporations.