Grant Jacobsen

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

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Grant is a registered Australian and New Zealand patent attorney. He specialises in patent matters across a diverse range of chemistry enabled technologies, including polymers and polymer synthesis, materials science, petrochemicals, chemical processes, homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, formulation chemistry, food chemistry and small molecule pharmaceuticals.

Particular areas of expertise include the drafting and prosecution of globally robust patent applications, patent oppositions and advice on patent validity and infringement matters. He works with investors to prepare due diligence reports to support IPO and investment. Grant appreciates the importance of working closely with clients to align patent strategies with their commercial aspirations.

Before joining FPA Patent Attorneys, Grant was a Principal at another Australian intellectual property law firm. After completing his PhD in the UK, Grant undertook five years postdoctoral research at the University of Notre Dame (US) and the University of Leeds (UK). His research involved organometallic chemistry and catalysis. He then spent more than fifteen years with the Dow Chemical Company and BP Chemicals in the US and Europe in chemical and polymer technology invention, development and commercialisation. During his years in industry he was a named inventor on almost 30 issued US patents and was deeply involved in patent portfolio design and competitive analysis.

Grant’s experience in successful technology development and commercialisation, coupled with patent protection strategies, affords an ability to add value and ‘look beyond’ a client’s core invention.

Grant also has a particular interest in competitive analysis and in raising awareness of the wealth of information available in the global patent literature so as to inform on R&D and IP strategies.

Areas of expertise 

  • Agribusiness and Agrochemicals
  • Analytical Instrumentation
  • Chemical and Materials
  • Food, Beverages and FMCG
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Industrial Chemistry


  • Bachelor of Science (Hons), University of Strathclyde (UK)
  • PhD (Chemistry), University of Strathclyde (UK)
  • Masters (Intellectual Property Law), University of Melbourne
  • Registered Patent Attorney (Australia and New Zealand)


  • RACI