IPBC Australasia 2019 will bring together contributions from some of the foremost thought leaders from major regional and international IP owners plus industry regulators and market disruptors. For information about speaking and participation options, please contact Kint Hui on khui@GlobeBMG.com

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Andrew Baker
Andrew Baker is an Australian and New Zealand qualified patent attorney in Dentons’ Auckland office with 14 years’ experience as an IP specialist. He is a member of the IP and technology practice group.

Mr Baker advises clients on patents, designs and confidential information, including drafting, filing and prosecuting patents and designs, and advising on patentability, patent validity, freedom to operate, due diligence, filing strategy, enforcement of rights, contractual issues, assignments and identification of inventors. He also manages patent opposition and revocation litigation in New Zealand and Australia for clients.

Mr Baker acts for clients across a range of sectors, with a special focus on agribusiness and healthcare. He regularly presents to inventors, IP managers and CEOs on IP concepts and is also a guest lecturer for the University of Auckland’s master’s programme in bioscience IP.
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Tim Boyle
Director, Innovation and Commercialisation
Australia’s Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
Tim Boyle is Director of Innovation and Commercialisation at Australia’s Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and Founder and Responsible Officer of ANSTO’s nandin innovation centre. He has a strong track record in developing the intersection between research and business, with 20 years’ experience working in various industry engagement, technology transfer, innovation and economic development roles. A self-confessed innovation policy and metrics geek, Dr Boyle has a detailed understanding of the impact agenda and how to optimise academic research to deliver benefits to society and the economy.

Dr Boyle is a registered technology transfer professional and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He serves on the boards of Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia, ShireBiz and The Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals.
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Catriona Bruce
Head, Patent Analytics Hub
IP Australia
Catriona Bruce is Head of the Patent Analytics Hub at IP Australia, which provides information on innovation trends to support decision makers in translating and commercialising research.

With a background in biotechnology and a focus on research translation, Dr Bruce has 12 years’ experience across the Australian public service, including roles at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator.

The Patent Analytics Hub focuses on adding value for patent applicants, including running a trial of delivering patent data analysis together with international-type search reports at the time of filing a provisional application.
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Helen Carr
Senior Legal Counsel
Helen Carr is a Senior Legal Counsel at MYOB. MYOB provides a suite of business management solutions to approximately 1.2 million businesses and their advisers across Australia and New Zealand.
Prior to joining MYOB, Ms Carr worked as Legal Counsel at the University of Melbourne, specialising in IP commercialisation. She has broad experience in IP, privacy, licensing, consumer law and general commercial law. She also has a keen interest in legal innovation.
Ms Carr completed her undergraduate degrees (science and law) at Monash University and has an LLM (commercial law) from the University of Melbourne.
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Brendan Cheong
Principal Adviser, Patents and Technical IP
Rio Tinto
Brendan Cheong is Principal Adviser of Patents and Technical IP at Rio Tinto. He is also an Australian patent and trademark attorney. Mr Cheong has spent half his career in various in-house roles, advising on IP strategy and risk management for corporate and academic organisations. He sits on several steering committees and working groups within Rio Tinto, which serve to set the current and future IP and commercial directions for various business units and projects. Prior to making his move in-house, Mr Cheong worked at several private practice firms in Japan and Australia, specialising in US and European patent application prosecution.
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Timothy Creek
Davies Collison Cave Law
Timothy Creek is a Principal at Davies Collison Cave Law. His practice involves contentious and non-contentious IP law matters, with a focus on the commercialisation of IP rights.

Mr Creek’s non-contentious practice includes the preparation and negotiation of commercial agreements for all IP and related rights, including commercialisation, assignment, licensing and confidentiality agreements. He regularly advises clients on general commercial, consumer protection and trade practice matters, as well as IP rights and their enforcement. Mr Creek has also worked as In-House Counsel for a government agency, where he advised on licensing, distribution and finance arrangements, privacy, corporate law and governance issues.
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Rachel Delaney
Legal Counsel
Rachel Delaney is a Legal Counsel specialising in intellectual property and technology. She recently joined Aurecon, where she advises on intellectual property and supports the digital business. Previously, Ms Delaney was Legal Counsel at Telstra, where she advised on intellectual property across the business in an IP centre of excellence and provided legal support to the chief technology office and the product and technology teams.

Ms Delaney's experience includes copyright, trademarks, emerging technologies, privacy, Big Data, open source software, IP strategy and policy, M&A transactions, online enforcement and IP disputes.
Ms Delaney has a keen interest in legal operations, leading the stream increase legal automation while at Telstra as part of its Legal Innovation Forum. She has also managed a number of pro bono legal initiatives while in-house.

Rachel completed her undergraduate degree (performing arts and law) at Monash University and has an LLM from the University of Melbourne.
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Matt Gallagher
Principal Lawyer
MattG Advisory
Matt Gallagher is an experienced science-educated lawyer with more than 30 years’ experience in marketing, sales, management, research and development (R&D), regulatory and government affairs, risk management and corporate governance. He has a unique skill set developed to accommodate today’s multidisciplinary information-based corporate world.
Mr Gallagher’s specialties include transactional and corporate law; risk management and corporate governance, competition and environment law; IP protection and licensing; assessing new technologies; and government relations. He has led in-house legal teams and managed global products and overseas companies, focusing on finance, IP, human resources, sales, R&D and marketing.
Previously, Mr Gallagher was Global IP Manager at Nufarm Limited for more than 15 years, where he managed the licensing and collaborations involved in many successful commercial products – most recently, the collaboration between CSIRO, GRDC and Nuseed on Omega-3 Canola.
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Deanne Greenwood
Vice President, Business Development and IP
Deanne Greenwood joined Patrys Limited in 2008 and has held various roles since then. She focuses on the commericalisation of the company’s Immunoglobulin M and Deoxymab assets and manages its extensive IP portfolio. She has broad experience relating to R&D drug development, relationship management, contracts and grants. Dr Greenwood led the negotiations with Hefei Co-source Biomedical Co LTD, a Chinese-based company which has taken an exclusive licence to PAT-SC1.

Prior to joining Patrys, Dr Greenwood spent 10 years in academia conducting immunology research in the areas of vaccine development and autoimmunity, with the last four years spent at the Centre for Animal Biotechnology at the University of Melbourne. Dr Greenwood has a PhD in immunology from Monash University and an MBA (technology) from La Trobe University. She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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Nimish Gupta
Group IP Counsel, Minerals
The Weir Group PLC
Nimish Gupta leads a globally focused IP team which works closely with The Weir Group PLC’s minerals business and technology groups to generate and capture valuable intellectual assets, negotiate technology licences and collaborative research agreements, assess and manage risk and drive IP enforcement programmes and litigation. Before joining Weir, Mr Gupta oversaw a team of IP professionals tasked with the strategic management of IP activities at Canon’s Australian research centre. He also worked in private practice for several years at an Australian IP boutique law firm, advising a range of local and overseas clients across various industries on patents, trademarks and commercialisation and legal issues.
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Madeleine Kelly
FB Rice
Madeleine Kelly is a Partner at FB Rice’s engineering team in Melbourne, specialising in computing, telecoms, electronics and medical device-related inventions. In addition to being a registered Australian and New Zealand Patent Attorney, she has also qualified as a European Patent Attorney and an Irish Patent Agent.

Ms Kelly has a genuinely affable nature and takes time to truly understand what her clients are looking to achieve. As a logical thinker, she is particularly good at providing well-structured and highly relevant advice, tailored specifically to her clients’ commercial needs.

Ms Kelly represents a broad range of clients – from individual inventors, start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises to universities and multinationals. Her solid grounding in the IP profession has provided her with a thorough knowledge of various patent systems, and she is adept at devising prosecution strategies for worldwide patent portfolios.
Bob Kramer
Special counsel
Mr Kramer serves as special counsel for Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP in Sydney and Washington DC. With more than 25 years of experience in intellectual property (IP) law and related antitrust, competition and standards setting issues, his practice focuses on providing meaningful protection of intellectual property rights in the US and globally. He has represented clients in numerous district courts, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, where he also clerked, the US International Trade Commission, the Federal Trade Commission and the European Commission. Mr Kramer has particular experience in litigating complex cases concerning semiconductors, wireless and wired communications, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, gaming, sporting equipment and consumer products.

Mr Kramer regularly works with technology startups and established companies in Australia and the US to establish and improve cost-effective and timely protection of IP rights, and to integrate these rights into profitable business practices.
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Ross McFarlane
Managing Partner
Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick
Ross McFarlane is Managing Partner of Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick. He has over 30 years’ experience in IP – both in private practice within specialist IP firms and the IP practice group of a national commercial firm and as in-house patent counsel for a European-based multinational.

In addition to his management role, Mr McFarlane maintains a professional practice specialising in information and communications technology and physics technologies. He is well-regarded for his understanding of the role that IP plays in business and advises clients on IP capture and management systems and the strategic use of IP rights in commercialisation.

Together with trusted alliance partners, Mr McFarlane works with a range of start-ups, SMEs, corporates and research organisations to ensure that IP and IP strategy underpin their business plans. He ensures that IP protects and supports an organisation’s products, services and associated technology, funding needs, business partnerships and intended business channels.
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Luke Meeve
Head, Legal
Visit Victoria
As Head of Legal for Visit Victoria, the primary tourism and events company for the state of Victoria, Luke Meeve leads the team providing legal and commercial advice to all areas of the business. Previously, Mr Meeve worked for more than seven years at DuluxGroup Australia in a senior legal role. DuluxGroup has many market-leading brands, including Dulux, British Paints, Yates, Selleys, Cabot’s, B&D Group any many more across Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Asia. Mr Meeve’s primary focus at DulucGroup was IP, M&A and competition and consumer law. He has also held non-executive director roles with non-profit community service organisations.
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Joe Mok
Patent Counsel
Aristocrat Technologies
Joe Mok is Patent Counsel at Aristocrat Technologies. He is a recent addition to the company’s in-house team dealing with IP matters. His role involves protecting the company’s innovative outputs, which are generated by creative game studios located both in Australia and overseas.

Dr Mok has had a decade of private practice experience, having worked with corporations in established industries. Recently, he asserted and defended the patent rights of a consumer electronics giant in the mobile and tablet space in a case involving more than 20 Australian patents. Dr Mok has also worked with local tech start-ups in emerging spaces, resulting in multiple success stories. For example, he worked closely with an autonomous driving technology company to pursue more than 10 patent families in two-and-a-half years before unveiling their first product to the global market. He also worked with an electric propulsion company that revolutionises motor capability.
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Nicole Murdoch
Eaglegate Lawyers
Nicole Murdoch is a Doyles Guide recommended IP lawyer and Founder of EAGLEGATE Lawyers, a leading independent law firm. EAGLEGATE’s IP lawyers and attorneys have a proven track record of protecting the IP investment and brand value of organisations ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. EAGLEGATE obtains favourable settlements for clients and are recommended by peers. All of its technology lawyers have technical degrees.
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Andrew O’Brien
Head, Sales, Australia and New Zealand
Clarivate Analytics
Andrew O’Brien is head of sales for Australia and New Zealand at Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters’ IP and science business). He has 15 years’ experience in intellectual property and innovation intelligence and has recently been focusing on the development and implementation of industry-wide strategies to evaluate trends, competitive advantages and next-level innovation. Mr O’Brien is responsible for managing the Australia and New Zealand sales team and the implementation and delivery of Clarivate Analytics solutions in Australia and New Zealand, including the Derwent World Patent Index, Web of Science and Cortellis.

Mr O’Brien helps Australasia’s largest R&D-intensive companies, small and medium-sized enterprises and academic and government institutions to create maximum value from their innovations. His expertise includes identifying collaborators, big data, medical technology and existing and future state technology landscapes, as well as spearheading industry projects on behalf of government departments in the science, technology and innovation sectors.
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Kenneth Oplinger
Global IP Manager and Principal IP Counsel
Cochlear Limited
Kenneth Oplinger leads IP activities at Cochlear Limited, a medical device company. He has 20 years’ IP experience in a variety of technologies, such as medical devices and semiconductors – ranging from strategy planning and patent prosecution to litigation, licensing and patent transactions. Previously, Mr Oplinger worked at Altera Inc, a programmable logic company which has since been purchased by Intel, where he held an IP role focused on patents and trademarks. He has a BS and a JD.
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Jane Perrier
Managing Principal
ipervescence Pty Ltd
Jane Perrier is a Managing Principal at ipervescence, an IP consultancy helping clients deal with IP to support value and risk underpinning innovation, technology, data, competitive advantage and differentiation.

Before co-founding ipervescence, Jane spent over 20 years leading Telstra’s global IP team. She has extensive experience in managing, exploiting and enforcing IP, including developing commercial strategies to leverage IP across business structures and engaging with IP policy and reform. Jane’s team was also responsible for advising Telstra’s CTO on a range of innovation and technology issues including AI, IoT and big data.

Jane was an appointee and consultant to the former Advisory Council on Intellectual Property, and is a current IPTA Fellow and member of the Law Council of Australia’s IP Committee.

Jane has a creative, strategic approach and is a passionate advocate of the role of IP in stimulating ideas, growth and adaptive change.
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Ben Pitt
Head, Legal and IP
Ben Pitt has been Head of Legal and IP at b.box for kids for more than two years and a member of its advisory board since the company was founded 11 years ago. He guided its IP strategy through its start-up phase and has since built a strong portfolio of patents, designs, trademarks and copyright registrations in key jurisdictions. He works with global IP law firms and recently pursued a successful case to establish an IP right in the second highest tier of the Chinese judicial system.

Previously, Mr Pitt held senior roles in investor relations at leading Australian corporates, including Asaleo Care. Prior to that, Mr Pitt was a Lawyer at Minter Ellison Rudd Watts (Wellington) and Clifford Chance (London) and Vice President of Legal and Transaction Management at Deutsche Bank (London). He has an LLB from Victoria University of Wellington and a MBA from Melbourne Business School.
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Erin Rayment
Director, Office of Research Development
University of Southern Queensland
Erin Rayment is Director of the Office of Research Development at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ). She leads a team that manages USQ’s strategic research partnerships, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation. Dr Rayment began her career as a Biomedical Scientist and has worked in Australia and the United Kingdom on industry engagement, technology transfer and commercialisation. She has bachelor’s in biotechnology innovation (honours), a PhD in tissue engineering, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a registered technology transfer professional. She is Chair of Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia, a Director of the Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation Ltd and a ‘Superstar of STEM’.
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Luke Richards
Head, Australasia
Luke Richards is Head of MarkMonitor in Australasia. MarkMonitor is a world-leading brand protection provider that is trusted by 10 out of 10 of the world’s most trafficked websites. With 18 years’ experience in online brand protection and security in the domain name industry, Mr Richards is a leading expert in Asia-Pacific, providing solutions and strategies to help companies maintain online brand integrity.
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Craig Rogers
Director, Commercialisation and IP
Defence Science & Technology Group
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Nina Stamell
General Counsel
The Wiggles
As General Counsel for Australia’s most successful children’s music group, Nina Stamell provides legal and commercial advice across all areas of the business, including brand licensing, content distribution, rights management, production, digital platforms, sponsorship, employment and the protection of intangible assets.

With a diverse background in the arts and legal sectors, Ms Stamell has a strong understanding and appreciation for both the creative and commercial aspects of The Wiggles’ unique business. She is dedicated to providing the best support possible to the group as it continues to educate and entertain parents and young children across the globe.
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Mark Summerfield
Patent Attorney and Consultant
Mark Summerfield is an independent consultant who applies his skills and experience as a registered patent attorney and technology professional across a range of IP-related roles. As a patent attorney, he provides advisory and drafting services in the fields of IT and telecommunications, with particular specialisation in artificial intelligence, machine learning, security and cryptography. As a technologist he has developed software tools, including machine learning systems, for processing and analysis of IP rights data. These tools have been employed in the production of IP Australia’s annual IP Government Open Data (IPGOD) release, as well as to provide inputs to public sector consultations, and to mine patent filing data to deliver insights to investment analysts and competitive intelligence to IP professionals. He is, however, perhaps best known as author of the Patentology blog, which he founded in June 2010.
Sylvie Tso
Spruson & Ferguson
Sylvie Tso is a lawyer and registered Australian patent and trademark attorney with more than 15 years’ experience in the IP field.

Ms Tso advises clients on a range of IP issues, including matters relating to IP ownership, licensing and protection, non-disclosure, material transfer and collaborative R&D. She also conducts due diligence on IP transactions. Ms Tso is experienced in delivering IP services to many sectors of the technology-based community – including inventors, start-ups and established companies, universities, Cooperative Research Centres and research institutions.

She also provides general commercial advice to businesses on a range of matters, including the Australian Consumer Law, trade practices, e-commerce, privacy, the Personal Property Securities Act (IP only) and the establishment of a business presence in Australia.

Ms Tso is a member of the Licensing Executives Society and the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand.
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Jarred Twigg
IP Manager
Jarred Twigg is an IP Manager at Breville Pty Limited and an advocate of utilising IP for business. He is trained across product design, IP law, commercialisation and management. Breville designs innovative consumer-centric small kitchen appliances for distribution to more than 70 countries. It has one of Australia’s most awarded product development teams and has consistently high domestic new patent filing rates.

Mr Twigg has experience in freedom to operate, IP strategy and management systems with an aim to optimise Breville’s stakeholders’ outcomes. This includes creating strategies to protect existing consumer-facing competitive advantages and future-proof new product pathways in Australasia, China, Europe and North America. This optimisation is possible only with enterprise alignment and an understanding of the strategic role that IP has, by employing technology-augmented decision making and by fostering skills and competencies conducive to sustaining competitiveness in the market.
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Becky White
Head, IP
Becky White is Head of IP at Xero, a NZ-domiciled ASX-listed company, and the emerging global leader of online accounting software. Prior to joining Xero, Ms White worked in Singapore in a global IP role at a fast-moving consumer goods multinational corporation. She has enjoyed taking up the reigns to lead the IP function at Xero and oversees a diverse range of IP matters. In her first year, Ms White has shaped the strategy and future direction of IP activities at Xero. She manages the internal IP team as well as external advisers to ensure that Xero's interests are well managed. Prior to moving in-house, Ms White worked for more than a decade in top tier firms in both New Zealand and Australia. She is a lawyer and a patent attorney. Ms White is passionate about working with great people and leveraging IP rights to bring value to the companies for which she works.
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Lachlan Wilson
IP Manager
The University of Melbourne