Richard Brown

Richard Brown

Principal | Patent Attorney
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Richard specialises in patent matters related to a diverse range of technologies, including Information and Communication Technology (ICT), micro electronics, electronic materials and semiconductor processing, micro/nano systems/MEMS and related technologies, and physics. His practice includes drafting patent specifications, local and international prosecution, providing strategy, validity and infringement advice, and oppositions.

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, a Research Associate in the Materials Science & Engineering Department at North Carolina State University, and a Research Associate at La Trobe University.

He has directed and performed original research in the fields of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), nanotechnology, materials engineering, and semiconductor processing. He has lectured in microelectronics, semiconductor processing, MEMS, materials science and patent law, and has over 40 refereed technical publications.


  • Invited Chair of the AIPPI Study Committee that produced AIPPI’s Resolution on the Patentability of Computer Implemented Inventions in late 2017
  • IAM Patent 1000 Guide: Recommended as a leading individual in Patent Prosecution, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017
  • Managing Intellectual Property ‘IP Stars’: Ranked highly as an Australian ‘IP Star’, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018
  • AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers: listed as a leading lawyer for Intellectual Property, 2016, 2017 & 2018
  • Managing Intellectual Property World Survey and Global Awards: Leading individual for Patents, 2012, 2013 & 2014
  • Asia IP Experts: Leading lawyer in Patents, 2014 & 2015
  • Global Law Experts (GLE): ICT Patents Lawyer of the Year in Australia, 2015
  • Corporate INTL Legal Awards: ICT Patents Lawyer of the Year in Australia, 2015


  • Fellow: Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia
  • Member: Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • Member: International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
  • Sessional Lecturer: Monash University
  • Australia and New Zealand representative on Standing Committee Q132: Information Technology and Internet of AIPPI, the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property.


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Physics), University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons.) (Physics), University of Melbourne
  • Master of Intellectual Property Law, University of Melbourne
  • Diploma of Intellectual Property Practice, Institute of Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys
  • Registered Patent and Trade Marks Attorney (Australia and New Zealand)

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