Patents | Patent Specification Drafting |Trade Marks | Designs | Advice | Prosecution

 We are pleased to announce the forthcoming merger of Tasmanian Patent Services with Patent Attorney Services. It is scheduled to take effect from 15 November 2016. On that date our combined firm will begin conducting its practice as Patent Attorney Services but will refer to its business in Tasmania as its Tasmanian Patent Attorney Services division.

Tasmanian Patent Services opened in 2008  and has offered quality Patent Attorney and Trade Marks Attorney services to Tasmanian and Mainland clients over the past 8 years.

Patent Attorney Services has been operating out of Melbourne since 1986 when it was founded by Michael Grant where it specializes in servicing the IP needs of small and medium sized clients.

We offer an intellectual property practice providing expert advice in relation to patents, trademarks and designs. We can also assist with plant breeder’s rights.

 Intellectual property (IP) refers to legal rights which arise from creative human endeavour. Certain IP is protectable such as inventions, brand names and the look of a product. IP rights may be extremely valuable assets because they can give your business a competitive edge. The correct advice on intellectual property matters can be critical to business success. Tasmanian Patent Services provides advice in relation to securing patents, registered trademarks and registered designs. We can also keep you informed of your competitor’s IP activities by conducting watch services.

 Julie Harkins is a Registered Australian and New Zealand Patent Attorney who runs her own business in Tasmania and also consults for a number of mainland firms. She has been in the field of Intellectual Property since 1987. In servicing her clients Julie has an interest in assisting manufacturers, other businesses and innovators in securing patent, design and trade mark protection for their developments and products.

 Julie has experience in a broad range of technologies including drafting and advising on patent specifications relating to equipment and processes used in the mining industry, industrial light fittings and emergency lighting, products and processes used in the building industry, pest control devices and methods, medical industry and anaesthetic products and processes including surgical instruments, pharmaceutical delivery devices and products, probiotic food compositions and various biological products and processes including modified plant crop lines and other modified organisms. Julie also provides advice on registrability and infringement of trade marks and related issues and assists clients with Plant Breeder’s Rights (PBR).

 The combined firm will offer the same services with additional personnel and additional expertise in physics, electronics, information technology and trade marks provided by Michael Grant and Richard Ollerenshaw located in the Melbourne Office. Julie Harkins will operate from Tasmania as a consultant.

Julie Harkins | Qualifications

Registered Patent and Trade Mark Attorney (Australia)

Registered Patent Attorney (New Zealand)

BSc. (Major Microbiology and Biochemistry)

Honours in Microbiology



Fellow of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys (IPTA)

Member of Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ)

Member of Intellectual Property Law Advisory Board Monash University