FPA Patent Attorneys continues strong growth with appointment of new Associate Principal and newly registered patent attorney

Date: 2021-01-19
Author: Karen Bentley

Continued strong growth has seen FPA Patent Attorneys promote Ms Carol Burnton to the position of Associate Principal as of 1 January 2021, and Dr Sinth Jegaskanda is now a registered Australian and New Zealand Patent Attorney. Both Carol and Sinth have a background in biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. We congratulate Carol and Sinth on these significant achievements in their careers.


Carol Burnton  Sinth Jegaskanda

Carol's qualifications and main practice is in medicinal and pharmaceutical chemistry. She has extensive experience with patents for over the counter, prescription and hospital pharmaceutical products.

Carol joined the Freehills law firm as it was then known as a graduate in 2008 before deciding to focus on intellectual property and patents in particular. Carol progressed to Senior Associate in 2015 and since then has really focused on building a local patent attorney practice, while maintaining her legal practice registration and strong practice relating to contentious work. In addition, she qualified as a Cosmetic Chemist and has been successfully developing a practice in the niche area of cosmetics chemistry.

Principal Dr Karen Bentley said the appointment to Associate Principal reflects both the strength and growth of the life science practice, and Carol’s commitment to continually deliver exceptional service and innovation to all of our clients. Dr Bentley said “I and the other members of the leadership team look forward to continuing to work with Carol to support our commitment to our clients and our team”.

Carol said “it is a privilege to be entrusted with this greater responsibility and I am looking forward to working with this first class team to further grow the life science practice”.

Sinth joined the firm 2 years ago and has extensive experience in a wide range of biotechnologies including antibody-based technologies and vaccines (in the areas of infectious diseases and cancer biology), peptide/polypeptide therapies, and cell-based therapies.

Prior to joining FPA, Sinth graduated from The University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Biochemistry and Immunology) graduating with first class honours. He then completed his PhD also from The University of Melbourne in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and was awarded a CJ Martin NHMRC Early Career Fellowship to conduct research at the Laboratory of Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the USA. He returned to Australia as a Research Fellow at The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity and published extensively during this time with more than 30 peer reviewed articles.