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Kathryn Morris | Partner

B.Sc., M.Sc (Hons.), Ph.D., Patent Attorney

Kathryn Morris

Areas of Expertise

  • Patents
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Clean Technology
  • Life Sciences
  • Materials Science
  • Pharmaceuticals

Kathryn specialises in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the fields of general, organic and pharmaceutical chemistry, natural product chemistry, medicinal chemistry, agricultural chemistry, clean technologies, nanotechnology and chemical processing. She is experienced in conducting patent oppositions and providing advice on patentability, patent infringement and validity of patents as well as conducting inventorship audits. During her Masters degree, Kathryn studied the mechanism of non-classical Wittig reactions using NMR and xray crystallography. Her PhD studies at the Australian National University related to the total synthesis of natural products. Kathryn was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, studying enzyme kinetics and mechanism. She also isolated significant amounts of protein and studied protein structure by NMR. Kathryn's second post-doctoral fellowship was at the Heart Research Institute in Sydney, conducting research on the role of antioxidants in the oxidation of low density lipoprotein and the formation of arterial fatty plaques. Kathryn joined Davies Collison Cave in 2000 from another patent attorney firm and became a partner in 2008.

Kathryn jointly heads Davies Collison Cave's Clean Technology Practice Group. Her experience in clean technologies includes water and sewage treatment, green chemistry reactions, clean chemical processing, rechargeable batteries, electrochemical devices, environmentally friendly wood treatment and biosensors for environmental testing.

Kathryn contributes to the Nanotechnology Practice Group in the areas of stabilised emulsions and foams, micro-fluidic technologies, processes for manufacturing micro- and nano-scale particles and analytical and diagnostic devices with nanocoatings including biosensors for detecting chemicals in biological fluids, food, water and environmental samples.

Affiliations and Memberships

  • Member: AusBiotech
  • Committee Member: AusFoodTech
  • Member: Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • Member and Chartered Chemist: Royal Australian Chemical Institute
  • Fellow: Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia
  • Foundation Member: Life Sciences Queensland


  • Registered Patent and Trade Marks Attorney (Australia and New Zealand)
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies, Intellectual Property Law, University of Technology, Sydney
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Synthetic Organic Chemistry), Research School of Chemistry, Australian National University
  • Master of Science (Hons.)(Organic Chemistry), University of Canterbury
  • Bachelor of Science (Chemistry), University of Canterbury

Kathryn’s latest articles

Grace period provisions can overcome "whole of contents" novelty objections

In a recent decision of the Deputy Commissioner of Patents, the grace period provisions of section 24 were successfully… more »

IP Australia Encourages Rapid Examination of "Green Patent Applications"

On 15 September 2009 IP Australia released a public statement announcing it would be taking action to assist innovators with… more »

Swiss-style use claims vs method of treatment claims

A recent patent office decision has held that addition of "method of treatment" claims to a specification that… more »

Articles about Kathryn

DCC Quarterly out and about Q4 2013

DCC’s Brisbane office had the pleasure of hosting their annual client thank you function at Mr & Mrs G Riverbar. It… more »

DCC Supports the Australian Peptide Conference in Malaysia

Davies Collison Cave is proud to continue it's support of the Australian Peptide Conference in 2013.  This year the… more »

DCC Brisbane sponsors the Innovation Series Luncheon: Social Networks, Revolution and Innovation

This was the first of three luncheons for the year and the first time Davies Collison Cave has sponsored the series in… more »