Danny Gelman

Associate Principal, Melbourne | BSc (Hons), PhD, MIP Law

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Danny specialises in the drafting and prosecution of global patent families across the chemical field including organic synthetic chemistry, medicinal chemistry and materials chemistry, pharmaceuticals, plant-based extracts, agribusiness, biotechnology, and food and beverage. He is a registered Australian and New Zealand patent attorney.

Danny completed his Bachelor Science (First Class Honours) at Monash University before completing his PhD at Monash University focussing on organic synthetic chemistry.

During his PhD studies, Danny was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and spent a year as a visiting scientist at Harvard University. In 2009 and 2010, Danny worked in the UK pharmaceutical industry as a senior scientist in a drug discovery role. While in the UK, Danny also completed a course in technology-based entrepreneurship at the Saïd Business School at Oxford University.

Before joining FPA Patent Attorneys, Danny gained experienced as a Senior Associate in the life sciences and chemicals group at an Australian intellectual property firm. His experience covers the entire life cycle of a patent, including advising on patent-related aspects of experimental design, developing an appropriate IP strategy, drafting patent specifications, obtaining enforceable rights globally and advising on infringement risk ahead of product launch. Danny has experience advising clients across all chemical sectors with a particular focus on the pharmaceutical, agribusiness, green technology and food and beverage sectors.

Danny's combined experience in academia, the pharmaceutical industry and as a patent attorney means he has a deep understanding of the path from conception of invention through to commercialisation.

Danny was the President of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) Bioactive Discovery and Development Group (BDDG) in 2017 and continues to be involved in the BDDG. He has also been a guest lecturer at Monash University’s School of Chemistry.

Areas of expertise

  • Synthetic organic and medicinal chemistry
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Biotechnology
  • Agribusiness and Agrochemicals
  • Industrial Chemistry
  • Food & Beverage
  • Green technologies including photosensitive dyes and alternative fuels
  • Food, Beverages and FMCG
  • Analytical Chemistry and Instrumentation
  • Chemical and Materials Engineering
  • Diagnostics


  • Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours), Monash University
  • PhD (Organic Synthetic Chemistry), Monash University
  • Fulbright Scholar, Organic Synthetic Chemistry, Harvard University
  • Master (Intellectual Property Law), University of Melbourne
  • Registered Patent Attorney, Australia and New Zealand


  • Royal Australian Chemical Institute
  • Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia
  • Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand