From there he moved to Motorola’s European Patent Operations, where he dealt with inventions in semiconductor circuits and manufacturing processes including microprocessors, automotive electronics and radio communications. He gained experience in liasing with inventors in design centres across Europe and the Middle East, sitting on Patent Committees to identify inventions, drafting and prosecuting patent applications, as well as dealing with patent infringement matters.
Chris then spent several years in private practice in Australia and qualified as an Australian Patent Attorney, before returning to Motorola, first to Europe, where he set up and managed new Patent Committees at a number of facilities, and then in Singapore, from where he handled their south-east Asian and Australasian IP portfolios, especially in the semiconductor areas, for a number of years.
For the last decade he has practised in the UK, where he has represented a number of multinational electronics clients, as well as European clients, large, small and individual. He has been involved in the Cambridge entrepreneurial community, helping provide education and mentorship to start-up companies and students, both on the benefits and the pitfalls of IP for small enterprises.
He has also helped the burgeoning interest in IP in Poland, providing lectures on European IP law to Polish Patent Attorneys and encouraging entrepreneurship among students in Warsaw, analogously to Cambridge.
Chris has experience in all areas of electronics, telecommunications and software patenting and is very passionate about passing on his practical, commercial understanding of how IP can be used by entrepreneurs and SME’s (and how they should not be sucked into the IP minefield, when not appropriate).