Adrian Richards, PhD

Senior Associate


Adrian is a Senior Associate with a diverse range of expertise in the technology areas of artificial intelligence and machine learning, computer programming and interfacing, electronic /electrical engineering, optics and photonics, biomedical technology, ultrasonics and particulate separation technologies.


Adrian is a highly experienced Patent Attorney with the benefit of two decades of international experience as a scientist in research and development for a wide range of technologies. His Clients range from small companies to multinationals. He has journeyed with his Clients from being small start-ups to multinationals and everything in between.

He is qualified to work across numerous technologies due to his research and development work as a scientist in Australian, European and Northern American laboratories as well as his many subsequent years as a Patent Attorney. He has also worked in regulatory approvals and standards with experience in Australia, Europe and the USA; accordingly, he has a high appreciation of the hurdles and development that some Clients must go through for standards and regulatory approvals in order to market and sell their products and services as well as the resultant commercial context to their IP.

Adrian has worked in industry and market sectors such as medical devices and diagnostics, clean / renewables technologies, optics and photonics, mining, mineral separation and energy resources, heavy industry, aerospace, automotive, to name a few.


  • Registered Patent & Trade Mark Attorney (New Zealand) 2008
  • Registered Patent & Trade Mark Attorney (Australia) 2007
  • Master of Intellectual Property Law, University of Melbourne, Australia, 2005
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Physics, Immunology, Haematology, Biomedical engineering, University of Southhampton, United Kingdom, 1993
  • Masters by Research and Thesis, at CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation), University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, 1989
  • Bachelor of Applied Science, Physics, Queensland University of Technology, Australia, 1984


  • Fellow, Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA).
  • Institute of Physics, United Kingdom (IOP).
  • Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ).