Life Sciences

Managing your portfolio

We know that you need attorneys with an astute understanding of your technology and IP lawyers with expertise in licensing, contracts and technology transfer.  Not only that, you need IP administrators to navigate ownership issues, to understand your competitive landscape and to formulate a strategy to derive value from your IP portfolio.

At Watermark, we have the right people to manage all aspects of your biotechnology IP portfolio.

We understand that the challenges of managing your intellectual property in the biotechnology sector are often compounded by issues of ownership and contractual complications.  In an industry where many successful start-ups evolve towards selling or licensing their technology, it is even more important to manage your IP portfolio properly to make the most of your assets and avoid complex disputes.

Watermark can assist you in many areas of biotechnology including:

  • Genetically modified foods
  • Genetically modified plants
  • Stem cell biology
  • Immunology
  • Neurological testing methods and apparatus
  • Methods of selection of animal traits
  • Functional foods/neutraceuticals
  • Vaccines, vaccine vectors and vaccine delivery
  • Gene therapy
  • Bioprocessing – small or large scale
  • Fermentation
  • Gene expression and genetic engineering
  • Humanised antibodies
  • Transgenic animals
  • Diagnostic methods
  • Improved animal health
  • Enzyme technology
  • Gene silencing
  • Microarray technology
  • Biodegradable products
  • Adjuvant technology
  • Drug development and drug delivery
  • Bacteriophage therapy
  • Bioinformatics
  • Medical diagnostics
  • Transgenic plants and animals
  • Biosensors
  • Cellular signalling
  • Molecular biology

Get in touch for the for the right advice.

Medical devices
We’re here to help you benefit mankind well into the future.

Like you, we believe that innovation in medical devices is crucial for saving and improving the quality of lives.  However, research and innovation are costly exercises – that’s why it’s important to protect the value of your work and be able to capitalise on its future development

The diverse technology of medical devices requires expertise across numerous areas.

Our multidisciplinary team offers a comprehensive understanding of biotechnology, engineering and nanotechnology to ensure that your innovation is completely protected.

Watermark can advise you on developing applications for your technology both locally and globally.  We help you understand how IP fits within the overall framework of commercialisation for medical device technology, including regulatory requirements.

Watermark works in many areas of medical device technology:

  • Cochlear implant and bone anchored hearing devices
  • Diagnostic tools for use in surgery, for delivery of pharmaceuticals and for diagnosing blood types
  • Medical imaging devices
  • Wound drainage devices
  • Implants
  • Prosthetics
  • Spinal disc replacement and reconstruction technologies
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biostatistics
  • Computational Biology
  • Measurement technologies (DNA and RNA microarrays)

Get in touch for the right advice.

Pharmaceuticals and chemistry
With Watermark on your side, your intellectual property is in safe hands.

We understand that innovating in the chemistry and pharmaceuticals sectors has unique challenges.  Patentability varies in different jurisdictions and industry processes are often shrouded in secrecy.

Watermark dismantles the complexity of these standards by providing you with a comprehensive and knowledgeable approach to industry regulations.

We stay up-to-the-minute on the latest guidelines so you can continue to innovate.

With a deep understanding of your field, we continuously monitor market and competitor activity so that we can provide the most accurate and up-to-date advice.  As a result, we can protect and strategically manage your IP anywhere in the world.

Our industry experience and expertise spans a wide range of areas:

  • Pharmaceuticals and therapeutics
  • Biochemistry
  • Natural products and neutraceuticals
  • Chemicals
  • Chemical and biochemical engineering and metallurgy
  • Hydrocarbons
  • Polymers
  • Biochemical engineering
  • Metallurgy
  • Environmental engineering
  • Chemistry – analytical and physical
  • Agriculture

Watermark continues to work on behalf of top pharmaceutical and chemistry companies across the world.  Recently, we successfully acted for a significant international company to manage their patent portfolio, including pet food nutrition, in particular food biochemistry and nutrition science.  Our efficacy stemmed from actively engaging with local subsidiaries in developing intellectual property management protocols, laboratory notebook administration and fundamentals in patent searching.

Get in touch to find out how Watermark can help you.

Get in Touch

Sarah Cox

Associate, Patent & Trade Marks Attorney


Roger Green

Principal, Patent & Trade Marks Attorney


Kim Nicholson

Senior Associate, Lawyer & Trade Marks Attorney

New South Wales

Leanne Oitmaa

Principal, Lawyer, Patent & Trade Marks Attorney

Western Australia