Dr. Stefan Paterson

Principal | Patent Attorney, Australia

Specialises in technologies related to nanotechnology, materials, medical devices, additive manufacturing, mechanical devices, construction materials, mining technologies and metallurgy, renewables, oil and gas, chemistry, chemical engineering, and space technology.

About Stefan

Stefan’s technical experience sees him working at the crossroads of chemistry, biology, materials, and engineering, allowing him to rapidly apply his skills across a wide variety of technical areas.

Stefan is a strong believer that IP protection requires commercial context to inform what is the best form of protection. To provide this context, Stefan looks at his clients in terms of intangible assets rather than just IP, providing them a much broader view of their assets with a range of different protection mechanisms.

Stefan also has a deep interest in how IP protection strategies need to be reformulated and reassessed for emerging technologies. In particular, he has a specialty in the interaction of IP laws and space law to protect space-related technology and how existing IP protection strategies are often inadequate for space-related technology. This specialty gives Stefan an unparalleled insight into the need to look more holistically at intangible assets rather than just at traditional IP protection.

Education & Qualifications

The University of Western Australia

Doctor of Philosophy (Chemistry)

University of Melbourne

Master of Intellectual Property Law (MIP)

The University of Western Australia

Bachelor of Science (Hons) – Chemistry

Registered Patent Attorney

(Australia and New Zealand)

Space Industry Associate of Australia



Given it is possible for a space object not to be registered under the 1975 Convention, limiting the definition of a space object to one that is only ...
An interpretation where the extent of the Patent Act is geographical means it would not extend into space even though Australian jurisdiction can.
Unlike patents, trade marks, and designs which are enforced under the provisions of their respective Acts, trade secrets are not subject to their own Act.