FPA Patent Attorneys continues strong growth with appointment of new Senior Associates

Date: 2019-07-01
Author: James Cherry

Continued strong growth has seen FPA Patent Attorneys promote 2 highly talented patent attorneys to Senior Associate. With expertise in chemistry and biology, Dr Emma van Embden along with Jason Manakis, who has expertise in mechanical engineering and manufacturing, have been appointed to the position of Senior Associate.



Emma van Embden Jason Manakis


Emma joined the firm almost 10 years ago after completing her PhD in Chemistry at the University of Melbourne. Whilst undertaking the Master of Intellectual Property Law at the University of Melbourne, Emma was awarded the prestigious Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA) Institute Prize.

Emma has extensive experience in the fields of nanotechnology, materials chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology. She has had significant exposure to patent drafting over a number of years as well as large portfolio management and contentious work.

“Working at FPA has given me the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the most highly regarded IP practitioners in Australia. I’m looking forward to continuing to work closely with my clients to optimise the value of their IP” said Emma.

Jason joined the firm in 2013 after graduating from Monash University with a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering (Hons) degree and a Bachelor of Laws degree. Jason completed his Master of Intellectual Property Law degree in 2016.

Jason enjoys a comprehensive patent attorney practice in the fields of mechanical engineering, manufacturing, machinery, medical devices, and consumer products. He has a large patent drafting practice, and has run a number of substantive and procedural oppositions before the Australian patent office. Jason is involved in both foreign and local patent and design prosecution work, and has significant client management experience with some of the firm’s larger domestic clients.

“I look forward to the increased responsibility that is associated with this promotion to Senior Associate, and I will continue to work closely with clients on achieving great outcomes.” said Jason.

In responding to the announcement, FPA Patent Attorneys Managing Principal James Cherry said “Emma and Jason demonstrate our core values – to continually deliver exceptional service and innovation to all of our clients. We take enormous pride in being a workplace that attracts such outstanding talent and passion, and we are delighted their contribution has been recognised.”

The promotion of Emma and Jason reflects the firm’s continued growth with the recent appointment of Senior Associate Danny Gelman, Patent Attorney Ben Hayes, Patent Scientists Sinth Jegaskanda and Rohan Williams, Patent Engineer Alison Jackson and the elevation in 2018 of two attorneys to Senior Associate – Akanksha Dahiya and Alister McCowan.