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Rachel Stevenson | Associate

B.Sc. (Biology), M.Sc. (Biotechnology), Ph.D., Patent Attorney

Rachel Stevenson

Areas of Expertise

  • Patents
  • Biotechnology
  • Life Sciences

Rachel specialises in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the areas of molecular biology, virology, in particular molecular virology and viral vaccine development, medical biotechnology and immunology. She has been involved in conducting patent oppositions and advising on patent related litigation. Following her graduation from Waikato University with a Masters degree in Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Rachel spent three years working as a research officer at the Dairy Research Institute (now Dairy NZ) in the Reproduction Group. Rachel's PhD studies were conducted in the field of molecular virology in the Veterinary Science Dept. of Melbourne University, where she investigated the antigenic structure and host cell receptor interaction of Equine Rhinitis A Virus. Rachel moved onto a 2-year post-doctoral position at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in their Structural Biology division investigating the structure and function of Malaria surface proteins. She then joined the Macfarlane Burnet Institute, studying the receptor binding and membrane fusion mechanisms of HIV and Hepatitis C virus. Rachel joined Davies Collison Cave in 2005.

Rachel practices within Davies Collison Cave's biotechnology practice group.

Affiliations and Memberships

  • Member: Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Member: Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia


  • Bachelor of Science (Biology), Waikato University, New Zealand
  • Master of Science (Biotechnology)(Hons.), Waikato University, New Zealand
  • Master of Intellectual Property Law, Monash University
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Molecular Virology), University of Melbourne

Rachel’s latest articles

Effect of Mayo Vs Prometheus on systems medicine patent eligibility

Systems medicine represents the transition of systems biology to a clinical paradigm.  Biomedical and biological… more »

Personalised diagnostic method claims considered unpatentable laws of nature

In a recent decision of the US Supreme Court Prometheus' claims relating to methods of optimising the dosage of a drug… more »

UK Supreme Court clarifies EU ‘industrial applicability’ test for new gene patents

A recent decision of the UK Supreme Court has provided important guidance on the level of disclosure required in relation to… more »

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Davies Collison Cave 2013 Staff Appointments

The partners of Davies Collison Cave are pleased to announce the following appointments effective 1 July 2013. Dawn Logan… more »