Sean Kelley

Principal | Patent Attorney, Australia

Drawing on his multi-sector expertise, Sean provides insightful IP advice, specialising in software, mechatronics, and mechanical engineering. 

About Sean

Sean works closely with clients, drawing upon his expertise in intellectual property (IP). He offers guidance on complex IP matters and assists in developing robust patent portfolios, and strategies for intangible asset growth. Through these efforts, he protects their IP both in Australia and abroad, strengthening their competitive edge.

Prior to joining IIP, Sean gained valuable experience at prominent patent attorney firms and worked as a Senior IP Engineer at Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, New Zealand’s largest medical device manufacturer, as well as an Engineer at Wood Group Offshore Design Ltd. This background, combined with his role at IIP, empowers Sean to deliver pragmatic and easily comprehensible advice to clients.

Sean draws on his diverse and multi-sector experience to provide pragmatic IP advice. He prepares patent specifications and design applications to protect inventions across a wide range of technical fields including software, mechatronics and mechanical inventions. He also provides straightforward patentability, infringement, invalidity, enforcement and freedom to operate advice to ensure new inventions can be protected, brought to market and commercialised effectively.

Beyond his professional realm, he also enjoys kitesurfing at Scarborough Beach and cycling by the Swan River.

Education & Qualifications

The University of Western Australia 

Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) (Hons)

The University of Western Australia

Bachelor of Science (Physics, Applied Mathematics)

Registered Patent Attorney

(Australia and New Zealand)

Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia


Energy Club WA



Grace period – The much-loved novelty safety net

In a perfect world, an inventor would have the time and the money to ensure that an invention is sufficiently developed and refined with a marketing strategy and future revenue streams in place before a provisional patent application is filed and the invention disclosed to the public.