James Cherry

Principal, Melbourne | BSc(Biochem), LLB(Hons)

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James is the Managing Director of FPA Patent Attorneys. He specialises in patents for the pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors in Australia and South East Asia. With a background in science and law, he advises owners of rights on how to best protect and extract value from their intellectual property and how to manage issues arising from relevant intellectual property of competitors. He also advises clients on the related areas of confidential information and trade secrets, technology transfer and plant breeder’s rights.

James has actively assisted non-profit research organisations, small start-up companies and large multinationals in their licensing, patent strategy and technology transfer negotiations worldwide for over 25 years. He works with local and global clients to understand their business and assists them develop patent portfolios to maximise their commercial opportunities. He is also actively involved in contentious matters, especially patent opposition proceedings.

Technical expertise 

  • Developing IP assets
  • Managing IP budget and asset allocation
  • IP acquisition and disposition around the world
  • Local and international IP disputes. 

For Australian clients, international management of intellectual property rights is of paramount importance. James advises on strategic creation, management and exploitation of intellectual property rights worldwide.

For clients outside Australia, James brings a detailed knowledge of the Australian and New Zealand pharmaceutical sector and life-sciences markets to provide insightful advice for organisations seeking to protect and exploit their intellectual property in the Australian, New Zealand and South East Asia marketplaces.

Areas of expertise

  • Patents
  • Biotechnology
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Medical Treatments
  • Food Technology
  • Agribusiness and Agrochemicals
  • Plant Breeder’s Rights
  • Medical Diagnostics


  • Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry), University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Melbourne
  • Registered Patent Attorney (Australia and New Zealand)


  • Fellow: Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia
  • International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property
  • Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Industrielle (International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys - FICPI)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Licensing Executive Society