Mann IP | Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys

Who we are

Mann IP is a specialist firm of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys located in the city centre of Perth, Western Australia. We prepare and file patents, trade marks and registered designs and provide advice about infringement, validity and enforcement of intellectual property rights.

We pride ourselves on being responsive, trusted and commercially focussed advisers and take a modern and pragmatic approach to our work.

We are passionate about technology and innovation and love what we do.


We are prepared to agree capped and fixed prices for all patent, trade mark and design applications that we prepare and file.

We maintain an efficient business structure which enables us to avoid unnecessary overheads and deliver high quality services at very competitive prices.

Please get in touch with us for a quote.


Alistair Mann — Principal

MEng (Hons), MIP, PGDip (Oxon),


Alistair is a highly experienced and reputable IP practitioner.

Alistair is a registered Australian and New Zealand patent and trade mark attorney and is also a UK solicitor (non-practising). He began his career in 2001 as a systems and software engineer before moving to a leading London-based law firm specialising in intellectual property and commercial legal matters. During this time, Alistair was involved in several high profile legal matters, including notable patent disputes and IP licensing and commercialisation arrangements.

Since moving to Australia in 2011, Alistair has worked with some of Australia's leading IP lawyers and patent attorneys and has assisted local and international clients to help them obtain patent protection in technical fields that include:

  • Additive manufacturing / 3D printing systems
  • Agricultural machinery
  • Composite materials
  • Computer hardware
  • Construction and maintenance equipment
  • Consumer products
  • Electrical systems and hardware
  • Financial technologies
  • Groundwater extraction systems
  • ICT and software-related inventions
  • Laser technologies
  • Medical devices
  • Mining engineering and instrumentation
  • Renewable energy technologies
  • Safety critical systems
  • Sports equipment

Alistair has also worked with local and international clients to help them secure and maintain trade mark protection for their brands. This includes leading digital marketing agencies, hardware retail providers, health service providers and global restaurant chains.


  • Registered Australian and New Zealand Patent Attorney
  • Registered Australian and New Zealand Trade Marks Attorney
  • Solicitor, England and Wales (non-practising)


  • Master of Engineering — First Class Honours (Computer Science), University of Bristol
  • Master in Intellectual Property Law — Distinction, University of Technology, Sydney
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice, University of Oxford
  • Graduate Diploma in Law, College of Law

Dr Darren Hughes — Consultant

BAgribus (Hons), PhD


Darren is a consultant to Mann IP and assists clients with funding (including grant applications and R&D tax incentives), project management, innovation strategy and technical due diligence. Darren has a wealth of experience in R&D and IP commercialisation. He has worked with a broad variety of organisations, from start-ups to RD&E bodies, for over 20 years.

Darren has a particular interest in WA’s growing AgTech economy. He was previously the General Manager, and a Panel Member, at the Federal Government's Grains Research and Development Corporation. Darren is currently a University Associate at Curtin University and a Board Member of Morawa Agricultural College, WA.

Darren is also the founder and managing director of AgriGrow, a Perth-based company providing independent advice to AgTech startups, research organisations and private enterprises.


  • Bachelor of Agribusiness — Curtin University
  • PhD in Crop Agronomy, Agricultural Business and Management — Curtin University