Intellectual Property Law

Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys Australia and New Zealand

Our Team

Our attorneys have a unique combination of skills to help you protect your intellectual property.

We act for clients directly in Australia and New Zealand and have a network of associates around the world to ensure that your interests are protected globally.

Neil Murray - Director

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Neil completed a Bachelor degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Adelaide, and subsequently returned to obtain a Graduate Diploma in Computer Science. After obtaining his technical qualifications, Neil lived in the United States working in the avionics industry before qualifying as a Patent and Trade Mark Attorney.

Neil is a Fellow of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia, a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and a Member of both the Institution of Engineers and the Australian Computer Society. Neil offers special expertise in relation to protecting computer software, business methods and related technologies.

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Leon Trento - Director

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Leon completed a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Adelaide, with particular focus on air-conditioning, fluid mechanics and aeronautical engineering. After obtaining industry experience, Leon commenced his studies in Intellectual Property in 2002 and qualified as a Patent and Trade Mark Attorney.

Leon is a Fellow of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia and advises in all fields of Intellectual Property protection, offering special expertise in Mechanical Engineering.

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Dr Helen Golias - Associate

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Dr Helen Golias completed a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering and a PhD majoring in Biochemical Engineering at the University of Melbourne. Whilst obtaining her PhD, Helen was a lecturer in the Chemical Engineering department at the University of Melbourne.

Helen is a Fellow of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys and offers special expertise in Biochemical Engineering, Process Engineering and Momentum and Heat and Mass Transfer systems.

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David Goodfellow - Associate

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David was awarded a Bachelor of Science (with Honours and Awards for research) in Physics from the University of Adelaide and studied toward his PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the same university.

David is a Fellow of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia and a member of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ). David offers special expertise in relation to protecting hardware and software technologies and has particular expertise in relation to printing and ink delivery technologies for very rapid printing.

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Mark Dowlan - Technology Specialist and Trainee Patent Attorney

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Mark holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Computing) with first class honours from Monash University. As an engineer he has been trained in a diverse range of skills from manufacturing and quality systems to business processes, supply chain and facility layouts.

With his engineering background Mark brings a methodical and pragmatic approach to any engagement. Since joining MTA, Mark has assisted in the development of patent applications in a range of fields.

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Despina Bedovian - Trainee Trade Mark Attorney

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Despina is presently in the registration progress to become a Registered Trade Mark Attorney and is currently assisting with a wide range of trademark and design matters.

Despina was awarded a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Marketing and Music Industry from Victoria University and subsequently completed a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) also from Victoria University. She was admitted to legal practice in 2010.

Despina then pursued a Masters Degree in Intellectual Property and was awarded same in January 2015 from the University of Melbourne. During her studies, Despina received the Pinkerton Scholarship for Designs Law and Practice.

Prior to joining Murray Trento & Associates, Despina worked as a lawyer in personal injury and immigration law at two leading Melbourne based firms but her true passion is Intellectual Property. Despina is focused on providing strategic advice to clients regarding trademarks and designs.

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Vanessa Yeung - Trainee Attorney

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Vanessa is a Trainee Attorney currently studying a Masters in Intellectual Property Law at the University of Melbourne.

Vanessa has a technical background in the Life Sciences and has a unique blend of interdisciplinary skills across a range of biological disciplines. Specifically, Vanessa has accumulated expertise in relation to the biological disciplines of Biotechnology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Stem Cell and Cancer Biology, Next Generation Sequencing, Bioinformatics, Biochemistry, Single Cell Analytics, Genetic Engineering, Genetics and Genomics.

Prior to joining Murray Trento & Associates Pty Ltd, Vanessa studied a Bachelor of Biology at University College London, and was awarded a prestigious Medical Research Council Scholarship to jointly study a Masters and Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research at the University of Warwick in the UK.

Upon completing her Ph.D., Vanessa received a highly distinguished honor as one of the UK's top Doctoral Researchers in 2014. Vanessa subsequently undertook a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute in Canada, where she continued to expand her scientific expertise, before deciding to pursue a career in Intellectual Property Law.