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Kieran Williams

Principal | BSc (Hons), PhD, MIP Law
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About Kieran

I enjoy helping innovators in the life sciences protect and commercialise their inventions.

Kieran is a Trans-Tasman registered patent attorney specialising in the life sciences, with a  particular focus on biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

Before becoming a patent attorney, Kieran was a Clinical Pharmacology Scientist at GSK, and held Postdoctoral Fellowships at St Vincent’s Hospital in Australia, the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in Germany and the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.

His doctoral and post-doctoral research focused on various aspects of neurobiology and neuroimmunology, and he has authored peer reviewed articles in journals such as Journal of Experimental Medicine, Neurobiology Disease and Cytotherapy.

A desire to be closer to the interface between research and clinical application led Kieran to pursue a career in IP, first as a Patent Examiner at the Australian Patent Office and then as a Patent Attorney.

Assisting international biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies in obtaining patent protection in Australia and New Zealand, Kieran also works with Australian companies to obtain commercially relevant and globally aligned patent protection. His roles range from advising start-ups on patent strategy to managing the patent portfolios of ASX listed companies.

Kieran provides extensive experience in all aspects of patent prosecution and portfolio management, including:

  • Drafting patent specifications.
  • Filing and prosecuting patent applications.
  • Managing patent portfolios and providing strategic advice.
  • Preparing and prosecuting applications for pharmaceutical patent term extensions.
  • Preparing patent validity and infringement advice, and freedom to operate opinions.
  • Conducting patent oppositions.
  • Patent watching and searching.
  • Filing and prosecuting plant breeder’s rights applications.

Kieran is actively involved in the research community and the wider patent attorney profession, and is currently serving as an Australian representative on the Asian Patent Attorneys Association’s Patents Committee.

He authors articles and updates on Australian and New Zealand patent law, and gives presentations at innovation hubs, universities and conferences.


  • Ranked as ‘Recommended Individual’ by IAM Patent 1000, 2022-2023
  • Recognised as a ‘Notable Practitioner’ by IP Star, Managing Intellectual Property


  • Bachelor of Science (Hons), University of Sydney
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney
  • Master of Industrial Property (Intellectual Property Law), University of Technology, Sydney
  • Registered Trans-Tasman Patent Attorney
  • Registered Trade Marks Attorney, Australia


  • Institute of Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA)
  • Asian Patent Attorney Association (APAA)
  • Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ)
  • International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
  • AusBiotech

Drawing judiciously upon his neurobiology doctorate pedigree, Williams has a wealth of experience in prosecuting patents and plant breeders’ rights protection on behalf of leading biotech and pharma players.

IAM Patent 1000

Williams is an attorney who keeps clients’ best interests in mind… the trained neuroscientist is no stranger to getting his hands dirty in research settings and counts three research fellowships on his CV.

IAM Patent 1000

Williams has an assured hand when it comes to overseeing complicated instructions thanks to former stints as a patent examiner at IP Australia and as a clinical pharmacology scientist at GlaxoSmithKline.

IAM Patent 1000

Kieran Williams has a fan base of ASX-listed companies that value his technical gifts.

IAM Patent 1000
Latest articles authored by Kieran Williams — 7 March 2023

Australia: A key destination for life science patent filings


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