Over 21 years of experience

Raised in Sydney, Australia, and forever consumed with answering the question: How Does It Work? Leveraging intellectual property for high-growth companies has spanned my entire career.

My academic credentials:

  • Bachelor of Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Master of IP Law
  • Master of Laws

Over 21 years of work experience specialising in intellectual property and technology/startup law:

  • 10 years in Singapore & Hong Kong
  • 11+ years in Australia
  • 14+ years in private practice
  • 7 years in-house: ResMed and Harrison.ai

My professional credentials:

  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW and Federal Court of Australia
  • Registered Patent Attorney (Australia & New Zealand)
  • Registered Singapore Patent Agent
  • Registered Trade Marks Attorney
  • Fellow of The Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA)
  • Registered Foreign Lawyer in Hong Kong
  • Member of The Intellectual Property Society of Australia & New Zealand (IPSANZ)
  • Member of Licensing Executives Society
  • Member of AI Ethics Committee at the Australian Computer Society

I specialise in software, machine learning and Web3 technologies, and have extensive experience with medical devices and mechanical devices.

I am available to prepare patent specifications, file patent, trademark & design applications domestically or abroad, and prosecute these applications to issuance.

Examples of my work are available on request.


A leading software IP/legal practice in the Indo-Pacific

I am a technology builder developing software to create value for clients by managing risk, providing competitive intelligence, identifying market opportunities and minimising low-value repetitive work.

I am highly responsive and will ensure you receive the best practical and actionable advice to grow your business.

I will help you obtain optimal outcomes corresponding to your IP budget and IP strategy requirements.


Clients include


What clients say

James was very knowledgeable in the blockchain space and used his extensive experience to cover all bases and get the best outcome possible. He was professional and a pleasure to work with.


Co-Founder, dHedge


What clients say

Worked with James as a client on some international IP fillings. James was very professional and his timely advice enabled us to secure two international patents. Thanks James.


Risk Specialist

Speaking engagements & publications

10 March 2005: I gave a seminar on “Protection & Exploitation of Intellectual Capital: A Patent Perspective” at the JW Marriott Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

September 2004: I wrote in the AsiaLaw & Practice IP Review journal about "The Multi-jurisdictional Nature of Patents"

2005: I wrote Chapter 3 "What is a patentable invention?" in the book "A guide to patent law in Singapore" published by Sweet & Maxwell Asia

2012: I co-authored the Report for Hong Kong while I was on the APAA Patents Committee.

2015: I wrote the August 2015 Article of the Month in the Licensing Executives Society journal, les Nouvelles for "Application of Game Theory In A Patent Dispute Negotiation".

November 2019: I spoke at the Sydney AI Hub launch.

December 2019: The article from the Australian Financial Review discussed the $29 million Series A funding round for Harrison.ai, as well as their joint venture with I-MED Radiology Network. In this project, I was involved in the role of General Counsel & Company Secretary for Harrison.ai.

December 2019: I presented at Haymarket HQ to startups about "How to protect software inventions with intellectual property (IP).

August 2021: I was a panelist at The Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia's webinar "Under the Hood: IP Strategy in an SME Environment".

November 2021: I was a panelist at the IPBC Australasia 2021 conference on the topic of "Does Australian industry need more patents?"

November 2021: The article from the Australian Financial Review discussed the $129 million Series B funding round for Harrison.ai, as well as another joint venture with Sonic Healthcare. In this project, I was involved in the role of General Counsel & Company Secretary for Harrison.ai.

April 2022: I presented at The Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia's 2022 Annual Conference about IP strategy and management in a startup environment.

June 2022: I authored the chapter "Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Deep Learning - Limitations: Privacy and Data Security Issues" in the book Artificial Intelligence in Medicine: Applications, Limitations and Future Directions.

September 2022: I presented to the Senior Executive Team at IPAustralia about AI and Web3, in the context of risk.

July 2023: I presented at the FICPI Australia conference on using AI to improve the productivity of patent attorneys

August 2023: I presented at the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) Lunchtime Learning on "AI and the Law: Navigating the future of legal practice"

September 2023: My firm, James Wan & Co, was awarded Best IP Law Firm 2023 - Australia by APAC Insider


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