A chemical engineer and lawyer by training, Wayne has 30 years’ experience in the field of intellectual property. He is the Principal of IP Gateway and works as a patent attorney across a range of engineering technologies with an emphasis on mining and energy.
His experience includes identifying intellectual property and strategies to protect it. This includes preparing and filing patent and design applications (including international patent applications), prosecuting patent and design applications. One area of particular specialisation is patent oppositions, and advising clients on the validity and enforcement of patents and designs. Another area of particular focus is analyzing the validity of competitor’s patents.
Additionally, Wayne has developed a vibrant practice in the preparation and enforcement of registered designs. He is a member of the standing committee on designs at AIPPI and contributed to the Australian chapter of the Wolters Kluwer publication, Design Rights: Functionality and Scope of Protection. Wayne also presents the designs law module of the WIPO-QUT Masters of Law program in Australia. Wayne was on the organising committee of the AIPPI/INTA designs conference in Singapore and presented at the conference.
Wayne regularly travels overseas to attend and present at conferences. While overseas Wayne takes the opportunity to visit IP Gateway’s international clients and further develop and strengthen the firm’s standing in the overseas marketplace.