Bryan Leaw

Dr Bryan Leaw is a registered patent and trade marks attorney based in Melbourne.

Bryan spent eight years in cutting-edge translational research. His diverse experience spans recording electrical nanocurrents from a single brain cell to drafting randomized clinical trial protocols. In 2016, he was made a Churchill Fellow (CF) for his outstanding achievements in the biomedical field.

Initially at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health and then at the Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Bryan’s passion has been driven by a simple phrase – ‘from bench to bedside’. “How can we advance laboratory findings to tangible products that can save lives?” Bryan completed his PhD in Neuroscience studying childhood genetic epilepsies, identifying changes in brain cell branching as a potential disease pathway – a watershed finding – and paving the way for a potential novel treatment for Dravet syndrome. Bryan’s work has been published in highly prestigious journals ranked top of their field, including Brain and the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Bryan has Australian and international expertise in drafting and prosecuting patents for a range of inventions from breakthrough anti-cancer drugs, CAR-T therapies, anti-inflammatory compositions, embryonic stem cells, to modified clinical dosage regimes for pharmaceuticals. 

Bryan is also passionate about tailoring a commercial and IP strategy that works for each client. Bryan has experience in patent searching and landscape mapping, using comprehensive mapping software to provide insights on both existing and emerging competitors. He has also prepared due diligence reports for venture capital investors and general advice to clients for use in investors updates to the share market. 


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Neuroscience) – The University of Melbourne
  • Master of Intellectual Property Law – The University of Melbourne
  • Graduate Certificate in Commercialisation for Research Students – Melbourne Business School
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science – The University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) – The University of Melbourne
  • Registered Patent and Trade Mark Attorney (Australia & New Zealand)


  • Fellow – Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys Australia (IPTA)
  • Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ)
  • Royal Australian Chemical Institute (Chartered Chemist)
  • Australian Biotechnology Association (AusBiotech)
  • Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)


  • IPSANZ (John McLaren Emmerson QC) Literary Prize, 2010
  • Lexology Awards – Legal Influencer (AU/NZ), 2019 and 2020