Institute Council

The affairs of the Institute are managed by a Council elected annually from Fellows of the Institute. The Council comprises one president, two vice-presidents, ten Fellows and the immediate past president. All positions are voluntary and the Council endeavours to meet on a six weekly basis, or at least  eight meetings are conducted annually.

The members of Council for the period April 2016 to April 2017 are:

 

 

President

Jeremy Dobbin

Jeremy Dobbin has over twenty five years’ experience in the patent profession since first joining the firm of F J Cleveland & Company in London in 1986, where he qualified as a Chartered Patent Agent and as a European Patent Attorney.  Jeremy moved permanently to work as a patent attorney in Australia in 1995, and registered as an Australian Patent Attorney in 1998.

Jeremy Dobbin has over twenty five years’ experience in the patent profession since first joining the firm of F J Cleveland & Company in London in 1986, where he qualified as a Chartered Patent Agent and as a European Patent Attorney.  Jeremy moved permanently to work as a patent attorney in Australia in 1995, and registered as an Australian Patent Attorney in 1998.

Jeremy has a degree in Engineering Science and specialises in patents for mechanical inventions and Registered Designs.

Jeremy has been an IPTA Council member since 2000, and was elected President in April 2015.

Jeremy is currently the Convenor of the Rules Committee, the Designs Committee, and the Conference Committee.

Vice Presidents

Richard Baddeley

Richard Baddeley was elected to Council in 2000.  Initially serving as Convenor, Publications Committee, he has since served on the Patents Practice and Legislation Committees of IPTA Council, for a significant period simultaneously.

Richard Baddeley was elected to Council in 2000.  Initially serving as Convenor, Publications Committee, he has since served on the Patents Practice and Legislation Committees of IPTA Council, for a significant period simultaneously. In these roles, he prepared submissions, in co-operation with other Councillors and organisations, to Government Agencies including IP Australia and ACIP on issues including Crown Use, Privilege and Post Grant Enforcement.  These issues remain topical today.

Between 2007 and 2008 Richard also served as IPTA’s representative to the Patents Consultation Group of IP Australia, travelling to IP Australia in Canberra to put the views of Institute members on a wide variety of sometimes contentious practice and policy issues including the questions of divisional filings, acceptance periods and opposition practice.  Since 2009, Richard has been a member of the IP Professionals Forum group which has held meetings in Melbourne and Sydney so far.

Currently, Richard serves as Vice President and Convenor, Finance and Secretariat Committee of IPTA Council and has initial oversight over Institute finances, including review of income and expenditure statements; and higher level supervision of Institute cash reserves.  Richard also serves as a member of the Patents Legislation Committee.

Michael Caine

Michael Caine joined the profession in 1989 and has been a partner at his firm since 1998. Michael is responsible for his firm’s organic chemistry / pharmaceutical group. Michael joined the IPTA Council in 2001 and served as the Convenor of the International Patents Committee from 2001 to 2008.

Michael Caine joined the profession in 1989 and has been a partner at his firm since 1998. Michael is responsible for his firm’s organic chemistry/pharmaceutical group.

Michael joined the IPTA Council in 2001 and served as the Convenor of the International Patents Committee from 2001 to 2008. During that time he also contributed to the work of other committees including the Patents Legislation Committee.  In 2008 he became the Convenor of the Patents Legislation Committee, while retaining an active role with the International Patents Committee.

Michael is involved in overseeing the preparation of submissions to IP Australia and other Government bodies in relation to Australian patent law and practice. He also consults to IP Australia in his role as member of the Patents Consultation Group.

Michael is also an active member of FICPI where he has served as the chair of FICPI CET Group 3 (International Patents) since 2012.

Councillors

Janelle Borham

Janelle Borham is a registered Australian patent and trade mark attorney, and a registered New Zealand patent attorney.  Janelle entered the profession in 1994, and has been a partner at her firm since 2002. Janelle has been a member of Council since 2007.

Janelle Borham is a registered Australian patent and trade mark attorney, and a registered New Zealand patent attorney.  Janelle entered the profession in 1994, and has been a partner at her firm since 2002.

Janelle has been a member of Council since 2007 and has had roles on the Membership Committee, the Rules Committee, the IPTA/IPA Business Relations Committee, and now as the Convenor of the CPE Education Committee.  Janelle has additionally been on the Conference Committee of IPTA for several years.  A key achievement of Janelle’s since becoming a Council member was to establish the IPTA webinar service through which IPTA has been able to offer frequent CPE presentations to members across Australia.  Janelle invites members to approach her with suggestions of speakers, both local and international, who are able to make presentations to IPTA members through the webinar service or otherwise.  Janelle’s focus on member education has created a natural fit with the IPTA Conference Committee, which is another major avenue through which IPTA seeks to bring its members up to date with the latest in local and international developments in the IP field.

Dr Trevor Davies

Trevor Davies has been practicing in the life sciences patent area for over 22 years. Prior to joining the patent attorney profession, Trevor worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at University of Chicago in the US and the University of Saarland in Germany, carrying out research on renal diseases.

Trevor Davies has been practicing in the life sciences patent area for over 22 years. Prior to joining the patent attorney profession, Trevor worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at University of Chicago in the US and the University of Saarland in Germany, carrying out research on renal diseases.

Trevor was elected to IPTA Council in 2002 and was Convenor of the Publications Committee for four years and a member of the Ethics & Disputes Committee. Presently, Trevor is Convenor of the Ethics and Disputes Committee and the Plant Breeder’s Rights Committee.

Trevor has been actively involved in the ‘gene patent’ debate over many years. He was a member of the advisory committee of the Australian Law Reform Commission enquiry into gene patents in 2004.  On behalf of IPTA, Trevor drafted a number of submissions, participated in media interviews, and appeared before two Senate Committee hearings in relation to enquiries into gene patenting in 2009 and proposed patent legislation changes in 2011.

Trevor was also involved in applications by IPTA to be heard as amicus curiae in relation to the recent High Court appeal in D’Arcy v Myriad Genetics and in relation to proceedings in the High Court between Alphapharm, Lundbeck and the Commissioner of Patents regarding availability of extensions of time for filing patent term extension requests.

Christine Emmanuel

Christine Emmanuel is a registered patent and trade marks attorney in Australia and New Zealand and a Fellow of the Institute (IPTA). Christine is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She was voted on Council for IPTA in 2012 (Commercialisation and Education Relations committees).

Christine Emmanuel is a registered patent and trade marks attorney in Australia and New Zealand and a Fellow of the Institute (IPTA). Christine is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She was voted on Council for IPTA in 2012 (Commercialisation and Education Relations committees).

Christine commenced in private practice in 1995, having previously worked at Ciba Geigy (UK) and IP Australia. She currently manages the IP team at CSIRO. She is passionate about addressing the challenges of leveraging IP value in order to best transition technologies from innovation to impact, developing tools for strategic IP management, driving science direction and positioning for commercialisation.

Dr Greg Gurr

Greg Gurr has twenty years’ experience in the IP profession and qualified as a registered patent attorney in Australia in 1997. He is also a registered trade marks attorney in Australia, and a registered patent attorney in New Zealand. Prior to joining the profession, Greg served as an aeronautical engineering officer in the RAAF.

Greg Gurr has twenty years’ experience in the IP profession and qualified as a registered patent attorney in Australia in 1997. He is also a registered trade marks attorney in Australia, and a registered patent attorney in New Zealand. Prior to joining the profession, Greg served as an aeronautical engineering officer in the RAAF.

He specialises in patents and designs generally in the engineering field, advising clients in a broad range of industries across the full spectrum of patent and design IP services from drafting, opinion work, prosecution, oppositions and litigation support.

Greg has both Bachelor and Master degrees in Aeronautical Engineering, a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Mathematics and Graduate Diplomas in Business (Technology Management) and Legal Studies. Greg has been a Councillor of IPTA since 2008.

Dr John Landells

John Landells has about 13 years’ experience in the patent profession, is a registered patent attorney in both Australia and New Zealand, and a Fellow of IPTA. John has a PhD in Chemistry, Bachelor of Laws (LLB), and is a legal practitioner in both Australia and New Zealand.

John Landells has about 13 years’ experience in the patent profession, is a registered patent attorney in both Australia and New Zealand, and a Fellow of IPTA.
John has a PhD in Chemistry, Bachelor of Laws (LLB), and is a legal practitioner in both Australia and New Zealand.

John specialises in the patent field and has particular expertise in a broad range of chemical based technologies including materials chemistry, pharmaceuticals and formulation chemistry.

Adam Luxton

Adam Luxton has more than 12 years’ experience as a patent and trade marks attorney and is a partner at his firm. As a younger Fellow of IPTA, Adam is keen to make a long term commitment to the Institute, and help to secure a strong and sustainable professional body into the future.

Adam Luxton has more than 12 years’ experience as a patent and trade marks attorney and is a partner at his firm. As a younger Fellow of IPTA, Adam is keen to make a long term commitment to the Institute, and help to secure a strong and sustainable professional body into the future.

Adam is based in Queensland and he believes that the Council benefits from on-going representation from as many states as possible. Though many issues and perspectives will always unite practitioners from all states in Australia, he feels that an active presence on the IPTA Council can help to represent the diversity of challenges in each region, and play a role in bringing the industry together nationally.

Adam also strongly believes in the importance of IPTA’s direct role in informing the development of public policy regarding IP in Australia. At a time when innovation will play such a critical part in our future, and when successive governments have sought to make changes to the IP regime, Adam is committed to supporting policy makers in shaping a strong and sustainable environment for innovators and IP practitioners alike.

Adam has travelled extensively, sharing best practice with attorneys in the US, UK, Switzerland, France, Japan, and Korea, and is an annual and active participant at the INTA Conference.  He is the author of a range of articles on developments in intellectual property law, including issues such as fraudulent imitation, amendment of patents during litigation and product labelling.

Adam is currently the Convenor of the Membership Committee and also Convenor of the Website and Publications Committee.

Jennifer McEwan

Jennifer McEwan is a registered patent attorney, registered trade mark attorney and practising lawyer.  Jennifer has been on IPTA’s Council since 2012 and headed the Membership Committee until April 2015.  She now looks after the Trade Marks Committee.

Jennifer McEwan is a registered patent attorney, registered trade mark attorney and practising lawyer.  Jennifer has been on IPTA’s Council since 2012 and headed the Membership Committee until April 2015.  She now looks after the Trade Marks Committee.  Jennifer has also been very active on the Conference Committee and has contributed to the organisation of IPTA’s annual conferences, including developing topics, inviting presenters, introduction of the now regular YIPTA Breakfast Session.  Jennifer is committed to providing members with high level and stimulating annual conferences, and has worked hard to ensure each annual conference with which she is involved is a success.  Having established and worked in a boutique IP firm for over 10 years, Jennifer believes it is important for smaller practices to have a voice on Council in order to provide balance and to help ensure the needs of “small firm’” members are met.

Grant Shoebridge

Grant Shoebridge has a decade of experience in pharmaceutical and biotechnology-related intellectual property. Grant has a PhD in immunology and spent 15 years working in a range of medical research fields including, HIV, cancer and vaccine-based research.

Grant Shoebridge has a decade of experience in pharmaceutical and biotechnology-related intellectual property. Grant has a PhD in immunology and spent 15 years working in a range of medical research fields including, HIV, cancer and vaccine-based research. Grant also has industry-based expertise, having worked for two biotechnology companies in London and Switzerland on the development of diagnostics.

Grant has also been involved in the “gene patent” debate in Australia. This has included numerous TV, radio and print media appearances as well as involvement in IPTA’s application to be heard as amicus curiae in the High Court appeal in D’Arcy v Myriad Genetics.

From 2010 to 2013, Grant was a lecturer for “Interpretation and Validity of Patent Specifications” which is part of the University of Technology, Sydney postgraduate law program, and the Masters in Intellectual Property, which provides a pathway to registration for Australian patent attorneys. Grant is currently a lecturer for the University of NSW course “Myths and Realities of Personalised Medicine: The Genetic Revolution”.

Grant joined the IPTA Council in 2016.

Damian Slizys

Damian Slizys has practised as a patent attorney for over 15 years and has been a Councillor of IPTA for the last 4 years. In his time on Council, Damian has convened the Education Relations Committee and is presently Convenor of the IP Australia and IPONZ Business Relations Committee.

Damian Slizys has practised as a patent attorney for over 15 years and has been a Councillor of IPTA for the last 4 years.

In his time on Council, Damian has convened the Education Relations Committee and is presently Convenor of the IP Australia and IPONZ Business Relations Committee. In that time, he has developed key relationships with IP Australia and has been integral to the introduction of the emergency fax system at IP Australia which acts as a fall-back for the profession when internet-enabled forms of interaction with IP Australia are down.

David Tadgell

David Tadgell has been in the profession for over 30 years and a partner of his firm since 1993. He qualified as a Patent Attorney in 1988 and became a Fellow of the Institute of Patent Attorneys in February 1989.

David Tadgell has been in the profession for over 30 years and a partner of his firm since 1993. He qualified as a Patent Attorney in 1988 and became a Fellow of the Institute of Patent Attorneys in February 1989. David has been an active member of the Institute since becoming a Fellow in 1989, including attending many IPTA Conferences.

In his professional life, David has contributed to a number of Intellectual Property organisations, most notably AIPPI, where he held the position firstly as Secretary of the Australian Group for a number of years, and then served as President from 2004 until 2008. He currently holds the position of Council Member of the Australian Group of AIPPI.
David has also been actively involved in education where he has lectured in Patent Systems firstly through the IPTA initiated Academy, and then at the University of Melbourne where he continues to lecture in subjects including Patent Opposition, Patent Restoration and Patent Extension of Term. He is now also part of the team lecturing in Interpretation and Validity of Patent Specifications at the University of Melbourne. David has been involved in the education of Patent Attorneys for about 15 years.