Rob is a Partner in our Intellectual Property & Technology Services Group, and a member of our National Medical & Pharmaceutical and Energy, Resources & Infrastructure Industry Groups.
Rob advises established businesses, start-ups, research organisations, and investors in matters relating to the commercialisation of novel technologies, and in the intellectual property-related aspects of major projects and transactions. He is a specialist in the structuring and negotiation of patent licences, collaborative research agreements, and other contracts for the development and commercialisation of innovations.
In addition to his experience as a lawyer in private practice, he has served as the in-house manager of IP and technology transfer in a multinational corporation. In this role he gained valuable experience in the development of IP portfolios that are comprehensive, cost-effective, and integrated with a company’s business strategy.
Rob is ranked by Intellectual Asset Management magazine as one of the top 1,000 patent lawyers worldwide, and is currently IAM's most highly recommended patent and technology licensing lawyer in Australia. He is one of only six private practice lawyers in Australia to have met the requirements for the US-based Certified Licensing Professional qualification.
Rob's clients span the full chain of discovery, development and commercialisation, ranging from research organisations, through start-ups, to listed companies and overseas-based multinational groups. In recent years the majority of Rob's deals have involved cross-border licensing, helping clients to establish development and commercialisation relationships in North America, Europe and Asia.