Carol Burnton

Associate Principal, Melbourne | BSc (Hons), LLB (Hons), LLM, Dip PC Form

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Carol is a patent attorney in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology team.  She is highly regarded for complex patent validity, infringement and freedom to operate advice. She is experienced in challenging and defending the validity of pharmaceutical patents before the Patent Office and working with litigators before the Federal Court of Australia.  Carol also supports her clients with drafting and prosecuting patent applications and providing strategic patenting advice.

Carol's qualifications and main practice is in medicinal and pharmaceutical chemistry. She has extensive experience with patents for over the counter, prescription and hospital pharmaceutical products.

Carol has extended her primary training by qualifying as a cosmetic chemist.  This qualification supports her particular specialist knowledge in cosmetic and dermatological inventions by providing a deep understanding of topical formulation and active ingredient delivery.

Before joining FPA Patent Attorneys, Carol worked as a solicitor for Herbert Smith Freehills gaining experience in intellectual property litigation, contracting and due diligence reviews in preparation for mergers or acquisitions.

Carol joined FPA in 2008 after completing an honours thesis in biochemistry in the immunology laboratory of the Institute for Molecular Biosciences at the University of Queensland. Her thesis on cellular cytoplasmic responses to double-stranded DNA received the award for the best honours thesis in biochemistry in 2007. Carol’s research resulted in co-authorship of a paper, which was published in the highly ranked, peer-reviewed journal Science in 2009.

Whilst completing her Master of Laws at the University of Melbourne, Carol was awarded the Patent Law Prize for best results in the Patent Law subject.

Carol’s scientific study, research and work has provided her with experience in organic and formulation chemistry, biochemistry, drug delivery, cosmetics, genetics, immunology, cell culture and many visualisation techniques.

Areas of expertise

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Drug Delivery
  • Chemistry
  • Formulation Chemistry
  • Cosmeceuticals, cosmetics and dermatological products
  • Food Technology
  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • Nanotechnology
  • Medical Products and Methods
  • Biotechnology


  • Bachelor of Science (Hons), University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Queensland
  • Masters of Laws, University of Melbourne
  • Registered Patent Attorney in Australia and New Zealand
  • Diploma of Personal Care Formulation 


  • Royal Australian Chemical Institute 
  • Australian Society of Cosmetic Chemists
  • Institute of Patents and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia