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Rohan Williams

Associate | BSc (Hons), PhD, MIP Law
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About Rohan

Passionate about maximising the potential of innovation throughout the patent lifecycle.

Rohan is a patent attorney specialising in organic chemistry, pharmaceuticals and food science.

Having worked as a high-end analytical chemist, Rohan has an in-depth understanding of the needs and pressures facing Australia’s chemical industry, and has delivered commercially significant patent portfolios for multiple clients. This includes a successful health food company, whose growing technology is now used in products sold both in Australia and worldwide.

Rohan enjoys working closely with innovators across Australia, taking the time to understand their individual aims and priorities. He then harnesses this information to develop tailored strategies, draft patent specifications, prosecute patent applications and defend patent rights (where required), to maximise commercial outcomes for his clients.

Rohan has helped deliver favourable outcomes for his clients in numerous patent disputes, including multiple Federal Court actions.

Rohan’s patent knowledge is built upon a solid background in scientific research. Notably, the primary focus of Rohan’s PhD research at the University of Melbourne and his postdoctoral research at the University of Toronto was the development and synthesis of enzyme inhibitors and substrates of relevance to both medicine and fuel technologies.

He has authored articles in a number of major journals, including articles at the interface between chemistry and biology in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) and Angewandte Chemie International Edition.

Type of clients

  • Local inventors
  • Start-ups and established companies
  • Universities and research institutes
  • Large multinational companies


  • Master of Intellectual Property Law, University of Melbourne
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Chemistry, University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (First Class Honours), University of Melbourne
  • Registered Trans-Tasman Patent Attorney


  • Royal Australian Chemical Institute
  • Student member, Institute of Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA)

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