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Dr Adrian Richards

Qualifications: BSc, MSc, PhD, MIPLaw (Patent Attorney)

Specialties: Electrical/electronic, biomedical, physics and general patents 

Adrian graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree (physics) in 1984 and a Masters degree in 1989, the latter while working at the Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). He obtained a PhD in the United Kingdom in 1993, working on magnetic and immunological methods for separating stem cells and lymphocytes from bone marrow and blood, in collaboration with a premier North American haematology and oncology research laboratory. This work resulted in a commercially exploited cell separation technique and grant of a US patent. At the completion of that work he went to the National Measurement Laboratory and CSIRO Australia to work for ten years in medical and industrial applications of ultrasound. During that time he chaired the Standards Australia working group on medical ultrasonics.

During his career as an R&D scientist/engineer he has collaborated with government laboratories, heavy industry, universities, hospitals and small to large companies in Australia, Europe and North America in a diverse range of disciplines from electrical/electronic & mechanical engineering, physics, optics/photonics, computer programming and interfacing, bio-medical technology, haematology, immunology and laboratory pathology devices and techniques, mineral separation and assay techniques to the more obscure fields of cryogenics (superconducting magnets) and cryo-preservation (blood and bone marrow). Multiple international collaborations, scholarships and grants have helped to fuel the journeys to all these interesting places.

Adrian completed a Masters of Intellectual Property Law at the University of Melbourne in 2007 and registered as a patent and trade mark attorney in 2007. He joined Halford & Co in 2006.

He enjoys seeing and learning about new things, and in particular seeing people succeed with these new things.

Outside of work Adrian likes water sports, dipping into culture, camping and bushwalking with friends and family.

Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys - Intellectual Property Specialists
 Halfords IP, Level 7, 1 Market Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000, AUSTRALIA T: +61 2 9264 8388 | F: +61 2 9264 1810