Areas of Practice
Vaughan is a Principal of the biotechnology team at Pizzeys.
After completion of his undergraduate science and law degrees at the Australian National University, including an award of first class honours in molecular biology studying at the CSIRO, Vaughan was employed as a research associate with Fort Dodge Pharmaceuticals, and then as a lawyer with the Department of Defence.
Vaughan then began practising in intellectual property in 1998 as a trade marks lawyer with a leading Australian Patent and Trade Mark Attorney firm, during which time he gained admission as a legal practitioner to the Supreme Court of New South Wales and obtained a Master of Laws with straight high distinctions, majoring in intellectual property. After several years practice, he then returned to his technical studies and completed a PhD in molecular immunology at the John Curtin School of Medical Research, based at the Australian National University. This was followed by a short post-doctoral research position at the same institute. He then worked again with a leading Australian Patent and Trade Mark Attorney firm, this time as a patent attorney, before joining Pizzeys in 2006, and being made a partner in 2008
Vaughan brings advanced technical and legal ability to Pizzeys and has utilised his skills to assist a diverse array of local and foreign clients, both corporate and government, in a wide range of intellectual property matters. Vaughan has developed particular expertise in drafting, prosecution, due diligence and opinion work.
Particular technical fields in which Vaughan has significant experience include immunology, small molecules, pharmaceuticals and RNA interference. Vaughan has also developed particular expertise on the patentability of stem cells, having published numerous articles on the subject.