Congratulations to Michael Dow – winner of the IPTA Institute Prize for 2018

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It is with great pleasure that we announce that Dr Michael Dow has won The Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA) Institute Prize for 2018.

The Institute Prize is one of IPTA’s most prestigious awards with a long and distinguished history. It is awarded to a newly qualified candidate who has shown excellence in academic subjects and has best demonstrated that they have the potential to contribute substantially to the profession.

Michael joined Madderns in February 2013 after working as a research scientist in Australia and the United States. He studied at the University of Adelaide where he obtained a PhD in plant biotechnology, and previously at Flinders University where he obtained a Bachelor of Biotechnology with first class honours.

Michael is no stranger to success having been awarded a Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence from the University of Adelaide and receiving the University Medal for his academic achievements at Flinders University.

We are proud of Michael’s latest achievement, which we believe has resulted from Michael’s outstanding work and has been facilitated by the environment in which Madderns provides for its  trainees’ development.

Congratulations Michael!


Tom Melville

Managing Partner

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Australian eChallenge 2018

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Congratulations to VitaChar on winning first prize at the University of Adelaide’s Australian eChallenge awards, for most outstanding entrepreneurial venture of the year.

Madderns has been a sponsor of the Australian eChallenge since its inception 18 years ago and Partner Bill McFarlane has been a contributor each of those years to the IP education aspect of the competition. On Thursday evening 15 November 2018 at the formal awards ceremony VitaChar won the first prize in a high quality group of finalists in the competition. Bill was not only a Judge of the finalists he also gave a speech and presented the People’s Choice Award during the event. Madderns has and continues to be an active supporter of the Entrepreneurial ecosystem in South Australia.

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Winnovation Awards 2018

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Congratulations to Dr Mary-Louise Rogers from Flinders University on winning the Technology category award at the 2018 Winnovation Awards. Mary-Louise has developed a novel urine test to determine if drugs are working in clinical trials of motor neurone disease treatments. Madderns is a proud sponsor of the Technology category which recognises women who are making outstanding technological contributions in South Australia. The award was presented to Dr Rogers by Madderns partner Megan Ryder. We extend our congratulations also to the other category nominees, Dr Marnie Winter and Felicity Hamilton.


Photograph by Heidi Wolff Photography

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Promotions for Stephen O’Brien and Christopher Wilkinson

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We are delighted to announce the promotion to Partner of Stephen O’Brien and Christopher Wilkinson.

Stephen is an Australian and New Zealand Patent and Trade Mark Attorney within our specialist Electronics and ICT teams.  He is highly recommended to assist clients with all aspects of IP protection – including branding activities, and identifying and protecting inventions. He has a particular interest in working with South Australian based start-up companies to assist in the identification of inventions and the development and management of patent strategies to maximise the value of their IP.

Chris is an Australian and New Zealand Patent and Trade Mark Attorney within our specialist Electronics, ICT and Life Sciences teams.  With his diverse technological background and experience, Chris is able to rapidly engage with new clients to understand their technical language and needs, in order to assist them protecting their innovative solutions.

Commenting on the promotions, Managing Partner Tom Melville said: “I am thrilled to see the promotion of such talented and client-focused attorneys. Stephen and Chris both have exceptional intellectual property skills and experience. Their addition to the partnership team provides Madderns with a fantastic opportunity to expand our reach in assisting clients in taking their great ideas to the world as we begin our 50th year.”

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Elevating South Australia’s Innovative Women

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We are proud to once again sponsor The Winnovation Awards.

These Awards showcase and celebrate the successes of female innovators changing the game in South Australia. If you are an innovative woman in South Australia or know an innovative woman or a South Australian business supporting innovative women that deserves recognition then nominate now at

Applications close July 30 2018.

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