Peter Franke has the depth and breadth of experience to bring a clear focus to your IP strategies.

Peter holds the degrees of Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science, with a major in physics, from The University of Melbourne. He qualified as an Australian Patent and Trade Mark Attorney in 1990, and is also registered to practice in New Zealand.

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Solid Track Record

Peter has previously held senior roles, including as Chairman, in a major Australian patent attorney firm. Peter’s patent practice has encompassed a wide range of technologies and industries, including: medical devices, including mechanical, electrical, software and materials aspects of implantable, surgical and external devices, imaging and diagnostic methods; software and internet services; sustainable technologies, including power storage, hydrogen generation, water treatment, solar thermal systems, and photovoltaics; electronic and mechanical devices; building products; computer hardware; telecommunications systems and services; gaming systems including slot games and table games; and optical systems including fibre optics.



Adam Hyland’s practice is characterised by the development of strong working relationships with clients.

Adam is a chemical engineer and has the benefit of ten years working in R&D in the food manufacturing industry prior to joining the patent attorney profession in Australia in 2000. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) degree, with Honours, from the University of NSW, and a Graduate Diploma in IP Law from the University of Melbourne. Since 2003 he has been a registered patent attorney in Australia, and is also registered to practice in New Zealand. Adam was previously a principal of a major firm of patent attorneys.

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After many years working for a national firm of patent and trade mark attorneys, Pauline brings a wealth of IP knowledge and administrative procedures and policies to her role at Franke Hyland. Prior to moving to Australia in 1993, Pauline spent her early career working in a diverse variety of industries in the UK, including asset taxation, typesetting and the recording industry. Pauline has a solid background assisting with complex patent prosecution oppositions and disputes. She is an experienced user of the Patricia IP management software system.

Pauline further draws on her vast experience working with people, mentoring and supporting junior staff, to bring her own unique style of professionalism, discretion and a positive hands-on approach to her role as our Practice Manager.


With nearly 15 years of experience within the IP profession, Catherine’s considerable experience covers all facets of Australian patent and trade mark filings including renewals and national phase applications; New Zealand patent, trade mark and design filings; and International applications. She also has a firm understanding of opposition and infringement procedures. Catherine is a proficient user of both the Patricia and Inprotech databases and has familiarity with other in house data base systems such as Serengeti and Anaqua.

Catherine has attained a diverse range of technical skills, ranging from client reception to administration of our in-house database and website.