Emma van Embden

Senior Associate, Melbourne | BA, BSc(Hons), PhD, MIP Law

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Emma specialises in patent matters for the chemistry, materials science, pharmaceutical and agricultural sectors. She manages patent portfolios for Australian biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies and local research organisations. Emma also represents multinational companies and foreign agents on patent matters in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia.

Emma works closely with clients to clearly understand their business objectives so she can provide relevant and commercial advice. She provides a coordinated strategic approach to achieve consistent and commercially valuable protection across multiple jurisdictions.

Her experience extends to all aspects of the patent lifecycle, including drafting and prosecution of patent applications, evidence preparation for use in opposition proceedings, as well as freedom to operate and validity opinions.

Prior to joining FPA Patent Attorneys in 2010, Emma completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne and the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, specialising in nanotechnology and biochemistry. Emma’s PhD studies involved the development of biocompatible semiconductor nanocrystals for use as bio-labels in cancer detection.

Emma has extensive experience in the fields of nanotechnology, materials chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology. She has a detailed knowledge of surface chemistry, biocompatibility, addition of biofunctionality, recombinant protein synthesis and the structural characterisation of proteins.

Emma has authored peer reviewed articles and reviews in journals such as ACS Nano, Small and the Journal of Molecular Biology. Articles can be viewed at the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, National Center for Biotechnology Information (PubMed).

Whilst undertaking the Master of Intellectual Property Law at the University of Melbourne, Emma was awarded the IPTA student prize in 2013 and the Frank Pinkerton Scholarship for best result in Designs Law and Practice.

Areas of expertise

  • Chemistry
  • Materials Science
  • Nanotechnology
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Life Sciences
  • Biotechnology
  • Agribusiness and Agrochemicals
  • Food Technology


  • Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy, Archaeology), University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry) (Hons), University of Melbourne
  • PhD (Chemistry), University of Melbourne
  • Master of Intellectual Property Law, University of Melbourne
  • Registered Patent Attorney (Australia and New Zealand)


  • The Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia
  • Royal Australian Chemical Institute