Mining and Resources Patents

Mining and resource exploration in Australia is dominated by large multinational companies. In what is a truly global sector we’re recognized as one of the leading Australian IP practices supporting several multinational companies as they develop new ways to locate and then extract valuable natural resources.

There is an ever increasing international interest in the developments and opportunities in this sector in the Asia-Pacific region. At Freehills Patent Attorney we are ideally placed in the Asia-Pacific hub to assist our international clients and welcome opportunities to liaise closely with our counterparts in the important resource economies of China and Malaysia, for example.

The sustainable management of water in our environment is also shaping as an area where intellectual property rights are becoming vital to the ongoing success of international projects.  Our clients are frequently building patent portfolios to assist in securing further R&D funding and to assist in successfully tendering for major new works both in Australia and overseas.

Our clients seek a global perspective when developing patent strategies – while we offer the technical expertise that all clients expect, for our Australian based clients we offer the ability to help develop global patenting strategies based on our experience of working closely with multinational companies for many years. For our international clients, we are an important part of their global patent strategy and we regularly tailor our advice and recommendations based on our intimate understanding of their needs in the Asia-Pacific region.

Our clients include leading multinational and Australia resource companies specializing in, for example, drilling and evaluation, completions and production, and sustainable water solutions.

Freehills Patent Attorneys technical range of expertise includes

  • Mining processing
  • Mining services
  • Mining engineering
  • Wellbore drilling and evaluation
  • Casing tubing and running
  • Completions and production
  • Process and pipeline services
  • Pressure pumping
  • Materials technology
  • Instrumentation and control
  • Water treatment
  • Water recycling

Freehills Patent Attorneys expertise in action

We act for a large multinational company and take instructions from their busy US head office.  They have an extensive worldwide patent portfolio the management of which in itself is a complex operation! We understand the complexities of large patent portfolio management and through regular meetings with their IP managers, we understand that the Asia-Pacific region is a very important part of their global patent strategy. We do everything we can to make the process of obtaining a strong Australian patent as seamless as possible through tailoring our advice on a case by case basis, reviewing the prosecution histories of foreign counterparts and developing an Australian strategy, through to quickly and efficiently responding to online email queries about aspects of Australian patent practice.

Meet our Mining and Resources experts