Our People

All our staff and associates have substantial IP experience in patents, trade marks, designs and other aspects of intellectual property law, including IP litigation in Australia. We continue to grow in line with increasing client demand and have a strong network of overseas associates

Richard SmoorenburgRichard Smoorenburg

Richard C. T. Smoorenburg

Richard is a Registered Patent & Trade Mark Attorney in both Australia and New Zealand. He holds a Bachelor of Electronic Engineering and has worked for a number of years as an electronic engineer before entering the IP field.

Richard was for many years a Senior Partner in one of the largest Australian Patent & Trade Mark Attorney firms. Now well established in his own firm, he has a wide variety of expertise based on his 22 years in the IP profession, specialising in electrical, electronics, telecommunications, software, internet, database, business methods and other information technology fields, but also has experience in a variety of different fields such as the Mining, Automotive, Resources, Packaging and Identification Industries.

His professional work is client, rather than discipline specific. He enjoys being involved in many areas of each client’s business through product conception, development, marketing and further improvement. His work involves providing market-focused monopolies, in the form of patents, trade marks and designs, on a worldwide basis together with general advice gained from his learned experiences of other companies’ successes and failures.

Richard is experienced in working with local and overseas-based clients, both small and large, as well as global companies, in creating and gaining registration for many forms of IP protection. With offices in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, and operating in many other overseas countries, Richard is able to bring his extensive experience to the benefit of his clients today.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia. He participates in AIPLA, AIPPI, FICPI, British Chamber of Commerce and WCIT (World Congress on Information Technology) and in Australia has interests in the Australian Computer Society, The Asia Society AustralAsia Centre, The Australian Institute of Export and the Victorian Society for Computers and the Law, as well as Melbourne Angels.

Carolyn RollsCarolyn Rolls

Dr Carolyn L. Rolls

Carolyn is a Registered Patent & Trade Mark Attorney in both Australia and New Zealand and is admitted to practice as a lawyer by the Supreme Court of Victoria. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons), a PhD and Graduate Diploma In IP Law from the University of Melbourne, a Diploma in Law from the NSW Legal Practitioners’ Admission Board and a Masters in Biotechnology & Business from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

Carolyn’s doctoral thesis related to the field of inorganic chemistry, specifically synthetic and spectroscopic methods, including infrared spectroscopy, NMR spectroscopy and x-ray crystallography to characterise inorganic structures. Following a post-doctoral position in BHP’s Melbourne Research Laboratories working on a coal-to-oil conversion project, she moved to ICI Australia’s Research Group and worked in areas as diverse as zirconia fluoride glass manufacture for communications cables and explosives formulation. Carolyn transferred to the intellectual property section of ICI Australia’s Corporate Advisory Group whilst studying to qualify as a patent and trade mark attorney. In her in-house position Carolyn was responsible for providing IP services to ICI Australia’s industrial chemicals, explosives and paint related business groups with particular emphasis on IP protection for new products, from their creation through to commercial release. This included defence of IP assets through oppositions and litigation.

In recent years she has worked in private patent attorney practice and major Australian law firms Allens Arthur Robinson and Malleson Stephen Jaques, providing IP registration services to a wide range of industries and assisting with IP licensing and litigation matters, principally in the pharmaceutical industry. Carolyn is a fellow of the Institute of Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia, a member of AIPLA, a member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and a chartered chemist. Carolyn has published a number of scientific papers and IP related articles. She is also the co-author of the patent text “Practical Guide to Australian Patent Law” (C.O’Sullivan & C.Rolls, Thompson/Law Book Co.)


In New Zealand we operate directly as our Australian Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys is also registered to practice before the Intellectual Property Office in New Zealand.

In Singapore, we have for some time been dealing with Singaporean portfolios for various clients. The Australian Patent Office is currently the prime examining authority for the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore and experience shows us that objections raised on a Singaporean patent application are most likely to have been encountered and dealt with on the corresponding Australian case. Thus .smoorenburg. has an address for service in Singapore, in association with a number of IP professionals and extremely competent litigators in the Singaporean jurisdiction, headed by Mr Kim Tean Ng.

For all other countries, we operate via our Australian Office. From this hub the case file is prepared and coordinated, including the preparation of documentation, docketing and choosing the relevant professional.