Principal Attorneys

Boris Golja | BSc FIPTA MAIP

Boris Golja

Soon after graduating from The University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in physics, Boris moved to Canberra to take up a position at the Australian Patent Office. During his time at the Patent Office as an Examiner of Patents and Senior Examiner of Patents, Boris examined patent applications in many technologies including solar heating, heat exchange and heat transfer apparatus, combustion apparatus and processes, refrigeration, live-saving equipment, fire fighting, electric discharge tubes and lamps, optical elements and systems, paper manufacturing machinery and processes, printing machines, motor vehicle fittings, cycles, transmissions, plastics manufacturing and working of plastics material, valves, boilers and steam generation, fluidised bed equipment, and industrial mixing and separation equipment and processes.

After five years at the Patent Office, Boris entered the patent attorney profession and has over 25 years experience practising in patent and trade marks attorney firms. He is registered as a patent attorney and trade marks attorney in Australia . He is also registered to practise as a patent attorney and trade mark attorney in New Zealand. He has practised in the fields of patent, trade mark and design law.

Boris has extensive experience in drafting patent specifications for inventions in a diverse range of technologies, as well as filing and prosecuting patent applications in Australia. In addition, he has extensive experience in handling post-acceptance oppositions to Australian patent applications. He has also filed and prosecuted patent applications and handled patent cancellation proceedings in many countries for Australian based clients.

Boris has acted for clients in trade mark matters in Australia and other countries, including filing and prosecuting applications as well as handling pre-registration trade mark opposition proceedings and post-registration trade mark cancellation proceedings.

He has acted for a broad base of clients that includes large multi-national corporations, universities, university spin-out corporations, small and medium sized organisations as well as individual applicants.

In addition to membership of several professional associations, he is a past Chairperson of the Western Australian branch of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia & New Zealand and is also a past Member of the Trans Tasman Committee of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia & New Zealand.

Main Technologies

  • Business processes and methods
  • Consumer products
  • Lasers
  • Electronics
  • Gaming systems
  • Fire extinguishing
  • Fluid flow control devices
  • Medical instruments
  • Electrical
  • Mechanical
  • Physics
  • Telecommunications

Professional Associations

  • Fellow of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia
  • Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • Asian Patent Attorneys Association
  • Australian Institute of Physics
  • Institute of Physics (London)

Stephen Friend | BSc FIPTA

Stephen Friend

Stephen graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Science majoring in chemistry, whereafter he pursued a long-time interest in electronics, working for companies in Australia and New Zealand in roles of research development and design, production engineering and quality control, across applications including fire protection, security, and control and signaling.

Stephen subsequently joined the patent attorney profession and commenced study to qualify as a patent attorney. Stephen was registered in Australia as a patent attorney and trade marks attorney in 1999. Stephen is also a registered patent attorney in New Zealand.

Stephen practises in patents, trade marks, and designs, and has extensive experience in drafting patent specifications and prosecuting patent applications in a wide range of technologies, and in preparing and prosecuting trade mark and design applications. Stephen's experience in industry before joining the patent profession provides a useful background for formulating strategies for protecting the intellectual property of clients.

Main Technologies

  • Chemistry and Chemical Process Technology and Engineering
  • Mineral Processing
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Electronic and electrical technology based inventions
  • Mechanical inventions

Professional Associations

  • Fellow of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia
  • Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • Asian Patent Attorneys Association
  • Licensing Executives Society of Australia and New Zealand

Dr David McCarthy | BSc(Hons) MIP PhD FIPTA

David McCarthy

David holds a Bachelor of Science (biotechnology and biomedical science) with honours from Murdoch University. During his studies at Murdoch, David conducted research into novel compounds for use as anti-malarial agents, and in his honours project investigated peptides he found to be associated with multiple sclerosis. After graduating from Murdoch, David took up a position at the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (now the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research) researching cell signalling pathways involved in haematopoiesis and blood cancers. Three years later, David was awarded a Dora Lush Biomedical Postgraduate Research Scholarship and began a PhD project characterising a novel Lyn-associated cytoskeletal modulator protein and its role in cell signalling. Upon completion of his project, David graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy from the Department of Medicine, The University of Western Australia.

David entered the patent attorney profession joining a national Australian patent and trade mark attorney firm where he completed his training and graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney with a Masters in Industrial Property Law. David is a registered Australian patent and trade mark attorney and is a Fellow of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia. He is also a registered New Zealand patent attorney. David joined Golja Haines & Friend as a Principal in 2013.

David has considerable experience acting for clients in patent and trade mark matters and securing plant breeder’s rights. David has assisted a wide range of clients from sole inventors, start-up companies, universities, and SMEs, through to some of the largest biotechnology, pharmaceutical and enzyme corporations in Europe and North America. He has drafted and prosecuted patent applications across a wide range of technologies, particularly in the fields of life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical devices. David has also prepared patent validity, infringement, and freedom to operate opinions, and has been involved with patent oppositions and litigation in acting for large biotechnology and pharmaceutical corporations.

David is a committee member of the Western Australian branch of Ausbiotech, Australia’s Biotechnology Organisation.

Main Technologies

  • Biomedical
  • Agriculture
  • Food Sciences
  • Enzymology
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Medical Devices
  • Diagnostics
  • Biofuels
  • Chemistry
  • Nanotechnology
  • Plant Breeder’s Rights

Professional Associations

  • Ausbiotech (W.A. branch committee member)
  • Fellow of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia
  • Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • Licensing Executives Society of Australia and New Zealand