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.


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.