Foundry Intellectual Property was founded in 2013 by Dr Andrew Jones. Andrew is a registered Australian patent and trade mark attorney and a registered New Zealand patent attorney and has over 15 years' experience in the profession. Andrew was a Senior Associate at one of Australia's top-tier IP law firms before founding Foundry Intellectual Property. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA) and an active member of a number of other professional bodies including the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ), the Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA) and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI).
Andrew has a BSc (Hons, Class I) in Science (Chemistry) and a PhD (Inorganic Chemistry) from the University of Sydney, as well as a Master of Industrial Property (MIP) from the University of Technology, Sydney, and a Diploma of Intellectual Property Practice (Dip IPP) from the Academy of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia.
Given his research background, much of the focus of Andrew’s career as a patent attorney to date has been in chemistry-related technologies. However, Andrew also has extensive experience with mechanical inventions, and hones his patent drafting skills each year by helping to teach the course “Drafting of Patent Specifications” (one of the courses aspiring trainees must pass in order to register as patent attorneys) at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Andrew is experienced in all aspects of the patenting process, including drafting patent specifications, providing validity, infringement and freedom to operate advice and prosecuting patent applications in Australia and overseas. Andrew has worked with a diverse range of clients, both from Australia and overseas, ranging from individuals to SMEs, start-ups, Universities, research institutes, Government organisations in Australia and overseas and multi-national corporations, and takes pride in tailoring his advice to the individual circumstances of each client.
Recognising that Australia and New Zealand are but one market of potential importance to clients, Andrew has an extensive working knowledge of patent laws in many other countries. He applies this knowledge right from the start of the patenting process, so that Foundry Intellectual Property clients are in the best possible position should they want to commercialise their inventions overseas.
Andrew holds a number of voluntary positions and is currently the Treasurer for the Industrial Chemistry Division of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) and a mentor in the RACI's mentoring program. He is also the Secretary of the Community Trust that manages Dargans Creek Reserve in the Blue Mountains.
Specific chemical experience
Andrew started his scientific career as a researcher in medicinal inorganic chemistry, where he used molecular modelling to investigate the steric interactions between DNA and novel platinum complexes having a specific conformation. He then used multi-step organic and inorganic syntheses to prepare the platinum complexes and conducted DNA binding assays to determine whether interactions observed in the molecular modelling affect binding of the platinum complexes to DNA.
Andrew has prepared patent specifications and prosecuted patent applications for clients with inventions in a diverse range of chemical technologies, including inorganic and organic synthesis, process chemistry, polymers, plastics, coatings, electrochemical sensors, pharmaceutical and radiopharmaceutical compounds and formulations, methods of treating humans and animals, medical devices, laboratory devices, agrochemicals, production and uses of alloys, flocculating polymers, superconducting materials, dye-sensitised solar cells, food science and waste treatment. Over time, Andrew has developed a particular focus on industrial and applied chemistry-related technologies.
Andrew has advised clients working in a number of industries, particularly the pharmaceutical, veterinary and agrochemical industries regarding whether a product or process they have developed is patentable and whether they are free to commercialise their product or process in light of existing patents. Such advice sometimes involved performing searches of the patent literature and reviewing the results to assess their relevance to the client’s product or process.