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Rhys Munzel

Patent Attorney and Lawyer
LLB, BE (Hons), MIP, Grad. Dip Legal Practice
Email: rhys.munzel@fal-lawyers.com.au

Rhys Munzel joined FAL Lawyers in 2017 as a lawyer and patent attorney and is a member of the IP/IT Committee of the Law Institute of Victoria.

Since joining FAL Lawyers Rhys has advised on matters involving: technology commercialisation, IP ownership and infringement, IT procurement, employment law, and general contracts. As a patent attorney Rhys has used his technical background in chemical engineering to assist clients in diverse areas such as medical diagnostic devices, bulk transport, and biomedical devices.

Prior to joining FAL Lawyers Rhys was a Hearings Officer and Senior Examiner of Patents at IP Australia. He is well versed in patentability opinion work and has extensive expertise in patent opposition procedures. He arbitrated numerous patent opposition disputes including:

Eriez Manufacturing Co. v Newcastle Innovation Limited [2014] APO 59

CSR Building Products Limited v United States Gypsum Company [2015] APO 21

Woodside Energy Limited v ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company [2015] APO 6

BCG (Australia) Pty & CSR Building Products Limited v James Hardie Technology Limited [2016] APO 31

Rhys completed his Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and Laws degrees from the University of Melbourne. He later completed a Masters in Industrial Property Law from the University of Technology, Sydney and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Australian National University.

  • Patent Validity and Prosecution
  • Patent Opposition and Hearings Processes

General engineering including:

  • Mining
  • Petrochemicals
  • Filtration & Separation
  • Batteries
  • Shipping and Containers
Recent Articles by Rhys

Has Raising the Bar’ on filing patent opposition evidence met its objectives? A brief look at the numbers… (September 2017)

Secret use - can you profit while developing your invention? (May 2018)