Sarah Couper

Sarah is a registered Trans-Tasman Patent Attorney and has practiced in the IP field for over 15 years, specialising in the biotechnology field. She has considerable experience in patent portfolio management to both local and overseas clients. She is also experienced in opposition and re-examination proceedings before the Australian Patent Office, litigation support and freedom to operate advice.

Sarah Couper

Senior Associate

Sarah is a registered Trans-Tasman Patent Attorney and has practiced in the IP field for over 15 years, specialising in the biotechnology field. She has considerable experience in patent portfolio management to both local and overseas clients. She is also experienced in opposition and re-examination proceedings before the Australian Patent Office, litigation support and freedom to operate advice. Read more.

Prior to joining the Patent Attorney profession in 2001, Sarah worked in the commercial arm of one of Australia’s leading universities, where she was involved in patent portfolio administration, and the coordination of material transfer and confidentiality agreements. She was also involved in the review of invention disclosures to assess potential for patent protection and commercialization. She has also worked at the research level as a Research Assistant at one of Australia’s leading medical research institutes. This experience provides Sarah with a critical understanding of the whole lifecycle of patent protection.

Technical expertise

  • Patent drafting and filing specialising in biotechnology
  • Patent prosecution, including major jurisdictions US, EP, AU
  • Patent oppositions and re-examination
  • Patent validity and freedom to operate advice
  • Litigation support

Areas of expertise

  • Biotechnology
  • Plant Breeder Rights
  • Genetics and Gene discovery
  • Molecular biology
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Medical treatments and diagnostics

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) (Genetics and Biochemistry), University of Melbourne
  • Masters of Intellectual property Law, University of Melbourne
  • Registered Trans-Tasman Patent Attorney; Registered Trade Marks Attorney (Australia)

Professional Associations

  • Fellow Institute for Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys Australia
  • Member of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ)