FPA Patent Attorneys strengthens ICT patent practice with the appointment of new Patent Attorney Ben Hayes

Date: 2018-12-18
Authors: James Cherry & Stuart Irvine

FPA Patent Attorneys has continued to strengthen its ICT patent practice with the appointment of Patent Attorney Ben Hayes to its Physics and Engineering team. Ben has commenced at our Sydney office after previously working for another leading Australian intellectual property firm.

Ben specialises in patent work, particularly in the drafting and prosecution of patent applications in the IT and computer software areas across a range of information communication technologies including blockchain, artificial intelligence, fintech, internet of things and software applications. Ben also has valuable experience in-house having completed a secondment at Data61, Australia’s leading data innovation group.

FPA Patent Attorneys Managing Director and Principal James Cherry said the exceptional reputation of our attorneys was a strong drawcard for Ben in choosing to join the firm. “Ben will increase his exposure to contentious matters and work with one of the strongest teams for technology and software in Australia and New Zealand.”

Stuart Irvine, lead ICT Principal at FPA said “Ben is proficient at helping clients identify patentable subject matter and develop it into valuable intellectual property assets. This is a critical patent issue for many clients in the software space and Ben has a proven track record for achieving exceptional outcomes for them.”

Ben said “It’s very exciting to join a highly regarded Tier 1 firm with an outstanding client base in the software and technology areas. It is particularly exciting that FPA has not only a very high-calibre team dedicated to providing the very best patent outcomes for clients but is a friendly and personable team too. I look forward to working towards realising our clients’ patent goals.”

Prior to becoming a patent attorney, Ben worked as a software engineer in the telecommunications, energy and industrial automation sectors, where his experience involved implementing and maintaining complex computer software. He also has experience working at large top tier law firms and the Australian Legal Information Institute (AustLII).

Ben has a Bachelor of Engineering (Software Engineering) degree from the University of New South Wales, graduating with first class honours. Ben has a Bachelor of Laws also from the University of New South Wales, and a Master of Laws from the University of Technology in Sydney. He is also admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

The appointment of Ben follows the recent elevation of two attorneys to Senior Associate – Akanksha Dahiya and Alister McCowan from the firm’s Sydney office.