Damian Slizys

Consultant, Melbourne | BSc(Hons), LLB(Hons), PhD (Retired)

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Damian primarily practises in the fields of chemistry and pharmaceuticals and is adept at advising clients in a manner which is informed and directed by the regulatory and business framework in which they operate. Prior to commencing in the profession, he was a lecturer at the Victorian College of Pharmacy. He counsels in areas such as patent strategy and freedom to operate as well as patent drafting, filing, and prosecution. He has also coordinated opposition proceedings and has provided both scientific and patent advice in a number of patent litigation matters.

Damian is experienced at leading multi-disciplinary teams of attorneys such as those required for handling the portfolios of multinational corporate clients and for supporting large-scale patent litigation. He has specialised experience in guiding applications through to grant in jurisdictions in the Asia-Pacific region.

Damian views each client as unique and works to find a solution which is completely appropriate to their needs. He acts for a number of international and Australian clients including drug development companies, universities, research institutes and multinational pharmaceutical companies. He has advised on a number of patent issues of particular importance to the pharmaceutical industry such as extension of term provisions, both for Australia and internationally; the so-called Bolar provisions; and the patentability of applications directed to new uses and new formulations of known active ingredients.

Damian has advised on the listing of a number of companies on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and directly advises the boards of listed companies on commercial IP strategy.

Areas of Expertise

  • Patents
  • Chemistry
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Radioisotopes and Isotopes for use in medicine
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Formulation Chemistry
  • Animal Health
  • Agrochemicals
  • Nanotechnology
  • Packaging and Food Technology including nutraceuticals
  • Materials Science
  • Crystallography and crystal forms including polymorphs


  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons), University of Melbourne
  • PhD (Chemistry), University of Melbourne
  • Registered Australian and New Zealand Patent Attorney


  • Fellow, Institute of Patent and Trademark Attorneys of Australia
  • Council Member, Institute of Patent and Trademark Attorneys of Australia
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Royal Australian Chemical Institute