Wayne McMaster


Wayne McMaster is a partner of the firm Minter Ellison Lawyers in the Melbourne office. An intellectual property practitioner for over 30 years. He specialises in intellectual property, regulatory and technology law, with particular emphasis on life sciences. His practice also includes dispute resolution relating to patents, trademarks and regulatory matters.

Wayne has conducted a number of the leading Australian IP litigation cases over the past 20 years, including the first court cases dealing specifically with patentability of medical methods and business methods. He drafts and negotiates commercial technology agreements for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, including agreements for universities and institutes. He also advises on compliance requirements relating to therapeutic goods.

His practice includes the traditional patent attorney skills of drafting and prosecution of patent applications in a range of technologies, as well as managing international IP portfolios of Australian companies. He has been used as a patent / licensing expert in a number of court cases both in Australia and the US.  Wayne is a member of the commercialisation and research advisory committees of a number of institutes.

Wayne has been recognised as leading Individual, The International Who’s Who of Patent Lawyers 2015, leading Individual: The International Who’s Who of Life Sciences Lawyers 2014, 2015, 2016 , Gold ranking, Patents: Litigation (Australia) – IAM, The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners: 2013, 2014, leading Individual, Intellectual Property (Patents) – Chambers Asia Pacific: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, leading Individual, Intellectual Property (Patents) – Chambers Global: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, leading 50 IP Asia/Pacific Litigators – Asia IP: 2013, Managing IP Experts Guide 2013, Who’s Who Legal 2012, 2013, Asia IP (IP: Patent litigation, life sciences): 2013, leading Individual, Patent Litigation – World IP Survey, Managing IP Handbook 2012, leading Individual, Life Sciences – PLC Which Lawyer?: 2011, 2012 and 2013,  Recommended, Biotechnology – Best Lawyers: 2014, 2015, 2016, Recommended, Intellectual Property – Best Lawyers: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016,, Recommended, Litigation – Best Lawyers: 2016..