Tian Liang

Patent Attorney, Sydney | BEng (Hons), PhD

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Tian is a registered Australian and New Zealand Patent Attorney in the physics/engineering team. Tian’s current practice includes undertaking patent searches, drafting and prosecuting Australian and international patent applications, managing patent portfolio, conducting infringement, validity, and freedom to operate assessments.

Tian graduated from the Beijing Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Engineering and achieved First Class Honours from the Australian National University, specialising in electronic and communication systems, and photonics. She has also completed her PhD in engineering at the University of Melbourne where her research focused on optical wireless networks as an alternative to Wi-Fi using light instead of radio signals.

Complementary to her academic studies, Tian completed a 3 month internship as a Research Assistant at NICTA’s Canberra Research Lab. She was also a workshop demonstrator for 2 graduate coursework subjects – Lightwave Systems and Communication Systems – in addition to her role as Lab Supervisor with the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Melbourne.

Throughout her studies, Tian has been the recipient of numerous scholarships, academic prizes and commendations including the Chancellor’s Letters of Commendation, the College Dean’s List Prize and the CEA Technologies Prize in Telecommunications, all from the Australian National University. Tian was also awarded the Melbourne International Fee Remission Scholarship from the University of Melbourne.

Areas of expertise

  • Telecommunications including wireless communications and optical communications

  • Signal processing

  • Optical device

  • Physics

  • Artificial intelligence


  • Bachelor of Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing
  • Bachelor of Engineering (First Class Honours), the Australian National University, Canberra
  • PhD (Engineering), University of Melbourne, Melbourne
  • Master of Intellectual Property Law, University of Technology Sydney