Norman MorcomNorman Morcom - Dip Chem Eng FIPTA

Norman is a registered Patent Attorney in both Australia and New Zealand with over 25 years experience in the profession. For 10 years he was Manager Patents at BHP with responsibility for their patent activities worldwide. These activities included major multinational interests in steel, minerals and petroleum.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia and a past member of the Executive Committee of the Australian Manufacturers Patents, Industrial Designs, Copyright and Trade Marks Association.

Norman’s basic technical qualification is in chemical engineering and he spent seven years as a research engineer at CSIRO and at BHP’s Research Laboratories before moving to the field of intellectual property protection. He has a strong technical background and experience with a wide range of technologies, concentrating on the application of advanced engineering, instrumentation, petrochemicals, metallurgy, mining, and minerals processing.

In 1997 Norman established Morcoms as a patent attorney practice and intellectual property protection consultancy and that firm evolved into Morcom Pernat. Norman’s interests include visiting volcanoes and other adventure travel, tai-chi, dog agility training, genealogy, classical music and fine wines.


Stephen AndersonStephen Anderson - B.Eng (Mech), MIPLaw, FIPTA

Stephen is a registered Australian and New Zealand Patent Attorney. His academic background includes a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from Queensland University of Technology and a Master of Intellectual Property Law from Melbourne University.

After graduating from QUT in 1989, Stephen worked as a patent examiner at the Australian Patent Office in Canberra. He moved into a number of engineering and patent manager positions before joining BHP Billiton in 1994 as a Patents Officer. Stephen worked with BHP Billiton for 16 years where he qualified as a patent attorney and rose to the position of Senior Patent Counsel. In his final three years at BHP Billiton, Stephen was based in Vancouver, Canada, and managed all IP related matters in the northern hemisphere plus their extensive worldwide portfolio of trade marks. Stephen joined Morcom Pernat as a Partner in 2010.

Stephen has particular expertise in combining his patent searching and examination skills to produce strategic search, freedom to operate, and competitor IP activity reports. He also has extensive IP transaction experience with licensing technology and using collaborative research agreements with public and private businesses.

Stephen is a Fellow of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia. His interests include computing, reading and music.


Fred PernatFred Pernat - BSc (Hons) FIPTA

Fred’s academic background includes a chemistry major and sub majors in physics, mathematics and theory of computation. He became a registered Patent Attorney in 1976.

After commencing his career as a trainee patent attorney at a Melbourne patent attorney firm he moved to become the Patents Manager of ACI. At that time ACI was a large multinational Australian based conglomerate operating in a very diverse range of technologies including building products, glass making, packaging, coal mining, plastics, environmental consultancy, electronics and computer services.

His next appointment as Sirotech Intellectual Property Manager gave Fred responsibility for the entire CSIRO patent portfolio which was the largest in Australia. Patents were used as a basis for commercialising CSIRO research through collaborative research and licensing arrangements. He then went on to provide patent attorney consultancy services to a first tier legal/patent attorney firm and to Agriculture Victoria, a State Government organisation charged with responsibility for commercialising research.

Fred was the founder of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia. His interests include cycling, skiing, bushwalking, reading and wine.