Chris worked as a UK and European Patent Attorney in London before moving to New Zealand and joining Baldwins in 2006. He has since qualified as a patent attorney in Australia and New Zealand and became a partner in 2011.
He specialises in patents, drafting specifications and progressing applications through to grant, as well as handling oppositions and providing infringement and validity advice. He also prosecutes design applications and advises on other IP-related matters, including aspects of exploitation, particularly licensing.
Chris has focused on telecommunications and computer-related inventions but has a broad range of experience in the mechanical / electrical / electronics fields, strategically advising start-up companies and private inventors through to multinational corporations. He has experience of representing clients at hearings before the European Patent Office.
Chris spent a year working on computer modelling of ice accretion on aerofoils and helicopter rotor blades for the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (now QinetiQ), which included participation in a collaborative project with Westland Helicopters and Rolls Royce.
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Information and Communication Technology
CIPA (Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys) – Fellow
OHIM (Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market) - Authorised Representative
NZIPA (New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys) - Fellow
AIPPI (International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property) - Member
- 1993-1997 BEng (Hons) (Manufacturing Systems) University of Bath, UK
- 1997-1998 MSc (Management of Intellectual Property) Queen Mary College, University of London
- 2001 European Trade Mark and Designs Attorney
- 2001 Registered and Chartered Patent Attorney (UK)
- 2004 European Patent Attorney
- 2009 Registered Patent Attorney (NZ & Australia)