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Wayne Slater – Principal

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Registered Patent Attorney













Practice Areas:

  • Patent Prosecution
  • Patent oppositions
  • Strategic Protection of IP
  • Mining and Energy
  • Preparation and Filing of Applications



As Principal of the firm, Wayne has established a service culture that is based on regular personal contact, accessibility and relationship building. Our clients view this culture, which is integral to the entire IP Gateway team, as a real strength and differentiator.

A chemical engineer and lawyer by training, Wayne has 30 years’ experience in the field of intellectual property. He is the Principal of IP Gateway and works as a patent attorney across a range of engineering technologies with an emphasis on mining and energy.

His experience includes identifying intellectual property and strategies to protect it.  This includes preparing and filing patent and design applications (including international patent applications), prosecuting patent and design applications. One area of particular specialisation is patent oppositions, and advising clients on the validity and enforcement of patents and designs.  Another area of particular focus is analyzing the validity of competitor’s patents.

Additionally, Wayne has developed a vibrant practice in the preparation and enforcement of registered designs. He is a member of the standing committee on designs at AIPPI and contributed to the Australian chapter of the Wolters Kluwer publication, Design Rights: Functionality and Scope of Protection. Wayne also presents the designs law module of the WIPO-QUT Masters of Law program in Australia. Recently Wayne was on the organising committee of the AIPPI/INTA designs conference in Singapore and presented  at the conference.

Wayne regularly travels overseas to attend and present at conferences. While overseas Wayne takes the opportunity to visit IP Gateway’s international clients and further develop and strengthen the firm’s standing in the overseas marketplace.



  • Bachelor of Science (Chemical Engineering) 1983
  • Bachelor of Laws 1988
  • Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria 1993
  • An Australian patent attorney registered to practice in both Australia and New Zealand 1994
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland 1998



  • International Trade Mark Association (INTA)
  • International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
  • Fellow of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA)
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