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Name Position Company
Wayne Attrill Senior investment manager IMF Bentham Limited
Gildas Bossard Senior IP counsel Philips Intellectual Property & Standards
Brendan Cheong Manager, patents and technical intellectual property Rio Tinto
Christine Emmanuel Executive manager, IP and investment portfolio Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
Christina Hardy Director, corporate legal and partnerships Garvan Institute of Medical Research
Tim Heberden IP valuation director Griffith Hack
Alastair Hick Director Monash Innovation
Sakura Holloway IP and commercialisation specialist
Joon-Pil Hwang IP business partner ResMed Ltd
Chris Jordan Director Davies Collison Cave
Patricia Kelly Director General IP Australia
Brett Kensett-Smith Vice president, innovation services Xinova
Joo Sup Kim Vice president, IP centre LG Electronics
Adam Liberman Vice president, strategic planning Coherent Cloud Pty Ltd
Brett Lunn Managing partner FB Rice
Claire McGowan Chief executive SODA Inc
Derek Minihane Head of research and technology, IP strategy Cochlear Ltd
Andrew O’Brien Director, IP and life science business Clarivate Analytics
Philip Parker CEO PJ Parker & Co
Jane Perrier Special counsel, technology, innovation and intellectual property Telstra
Karen Sinclair Principal and patent and trademark attorney Watermark
Anan Sivananthan Vice president, legal services Creative Technology Ltd
Jarrod Ward Director Ahurei


Wayne Attrill

Wayne Attrill is a senior investment manager at IMF Bentham Limited, Australia’s leading litigation funder. He managed IMF's funding of class actions against Centro and its auditors, which settled in May 2012 for A$200 million. This remains Australia’s largest securities class action settlement.

Mr Attrill has a BSc and an LLB from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and an LLM from Harvard Law School. He has over 25 years’ experience as a lawyer, in-house counsel, a litigation funder and a legal risk manager. 

At IMF, Mr Attrill conducts due diligence on funding applications and achieves cost-effective and successful outcomes in major litigation funded by IMF in Australia and Europe.  He has hands-on experience in the assessment, funding and management of IP litigation. He is a member of IMF’s Australian peak-case selection committee and has been widely published on the development and regulation of litigation funding globally.

Wayne Attrill

Gildas Bossard

Gildas Bossard is a senior IP counsel at Philips Intellectual Property & Standards. He has worked at Philips for the past 10 years, after starting his career working in private practice for several years at a leading IP law firm in Paris. Mr Bossard graduated from Supelec and from the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies in patents and trademarks. He is a European and a French patent attorney.

Mr Bossard specialises in patent creation, patent prosecution and licensing out. He manages Philips’s mobile communication patent portfolio, including drafting and prosecuting standard-essential patents (SEPs) and negotiating licences with third parties on 3G and 4G SEPs. He is based in Sydney, Australia.

Gildas Bossard

Brendan Cheong

Brendan Cheong is an Australian patent and trademark attorney who has worked in the IP field since 2001. At the start of his IP career, he undertook placements at patent law firms in Japan and Australia, where he worked on the innovations of some of the world’s largest electronics companies. In 2008 he commenced an in-house position at a private Australian R&D company, where he managed its IP portfolio. He later took a position at the commercialisation office of one of Australia’s largest universities. At present, Mr Cheong is the IP manager for Rio Tinto, where he is responsible for influencing IP strategy and managing its large and varied IP portfolio.

Brendan Cheong

Christine Emmanuel

Christine Emmanuel manages the IP team and IP and investment portfolios of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

She began her science career at Ciba-Geigy (United Kingdom) in 1989. Her IP career commenced at the Australian Patent Office (1992), after which she worked under UK and European law in private practice. She later joined Unilever’s patent department as in-house counsel (United Kingdom), then returned to Australia and worked for two leading patent attorney firms before moving in-house to practise intellectual property at CSIRO.

Ms Emmanuel is a registered Australian and New Zealand patent and trademark attorney and a council member of the Institute of Patent and Trademark Attorneys of Australia, where she heads the Commercialisation and Education Relations Committees.

She is passionate about managing intellectual property in order to best transition from innovation to impact, developing tools for strategic IP management, driving science direction and positioning for commercialisation.

Christine Emmanuel

Christina Hardy

Christina Hardy heads corporate development and legal at Genome. One, a company recently established by the Garvan Institute of Medical Research to provide pathology reports using whole genome sequencing and develop bioinformatics and analysis tools for use in next generation sequencing. She is also director, corporate, legal and partnerships at the Garvan Institute. Commercialising and translating technology into healthcare are key focus areas of her roles.

Ms Hardy’s background includes corporate and commercial law (working as in-house counsel and in private practice) in Australia, the United Kingdom and Asia, principally in the information and communications technology sector.  Earlier in her career, she spent several years working in politics and public relations.

Ms Hardy’s formal qualifications include a bachelor of laws, a graduate diploma (management) and a bachelor of business (communications). She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds several non-executive directorships in medical research-related organisations.

Christina Hardy

Tim Heberden

Tim Heberden is director of IP economics at Griffith Hack and a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Global Business Valuation Board.

He is listed in the IAM Strategy 300 and has been recognised as one of Asia’s Leading Licensing Experts.

Mr Heberden brings a quantitative view to the development of monetisation strategies for technology and brands. This is achieved by developing economic models that integrate insights from patent landscapes, consumer research, competitive analysis and financial benchmarking.

For tech monetisation, Mr Heberden guides clients in the selection of monetisation strategies and the communication of IP value in transactions.

In the field of brand economics, he helps clients to evaluate strategic options, track brand performance and quantify returns on marketing investment.

Mr Heberden is the technical author of the global “Guidance Note on the Valuation of Intellectual Property Rights”, issued by RICS.

Tim Heberden

Alastair Hick

Alastair Hick is director of Monash Innovation at Monash University. Following 10 years as a research scientist in the United Kingdom, he has been involved in IP commercialisation at universities and research institutes around the world since 1999, including spending four years at the University of Cambridge.

Since arriving in Australia in 2006, Mr Hick has worked at Monash University, where he is responsible for all commercialisation activities. He has considerable deal making and negotiating experience – including from working on over 100 licences and multiple spin-outs – as well as investment experience with the $30 million Trans-Tasman Commercialisation Fund. He is chair of Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia, the peak body for commercialisation offices in Australasia, and a director of the Monash spin-out Amaero Engineering Pty Ltd.

Mr Hick has a PhD in chemical ecology and an MBA from the University of Cambridge, and is an Australian Institute of Company Directors graduate. 

Alastair Hick

Sakura Holloway

Sakura Holloway is an IP and commercialisation specialist with a strong life sciences background. Ms Holloway’s most recent role was as chief IP counsel at Benitec Biopharma Ltd, a gene therapy company listed on the ASX and NASDAQ, where she was responsible for all IP and licensing activities. Having established a strong scientific background, Ms Holloway transitioned to becoming a registered Australian patent attorney.

With over 10 years’ experience in establishing IP/commercialisation strategies for platform technologies, global patent prosecution, negotiating licensing deals, reviewing technologies for IP and commercial opportunities, and executing commercial transactions aligned with corporate objectives, she now consults with various biotech companies, reviewing IP and commercial strategies.

Before Benitec, Ms Holloway held leading roles in commercialisation of platform technology at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, IP and business development at Garvan Institute, and as associate director of intellectual property at Cephalon Australia Ltd (now Teva Pharmaceuticals).

Sakura Holloway

Joon-Pil Hwang

Joon-Pil Hwang is an IP business partner and patent attorney at ResMed Ltd. He is in his fifth year at ResMed, where his role includes working with the company’s business units to develop IP strategies to support their commercial and innovation strategies and inform the activities of ResMed’s patent attorneys.

Mr Hwang has helped to develop ResMed’s IP portfolio review processes, including the implementation of a framework to assess the value of the company’s portfolio of 4,000 patents and 1,500 designs (issued and pending) and its alignment with the company’s goals. More recently, Mr Hwang has engaged in the review and development of ResMed’s IP strategies in various jurisdictions.

Mr Hwang has a technical background in mechanical engineering, having practised as a consulting engineer for a number of years before joining ResMed. He is an Australian patent and trademark attorney.

Joon-Pil Hwang

Chris Jordan

Chris Jordan has been practising IP litigation for over 25 years. His practice spans patent, trademark, design, copyright, trade practices, confidential information and related litigation.

He has successfully represented clients in both federal and state courts, as well as at the Patent and Trademark Offices and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. He has considerable experience in multi-jurisdictional IP litigation.

Mr Jordan’s clients range from small local enterprises to large multinational corporations and he is consistently voted one of Australia’s top IP lawyers in publications such as Best Lawyers Australia, Expert Guides – Trademark Lawyers, Doyles Guide and AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers.  He is co-chair of the International Bar Association IP and Entertainment Committee.

Mr Jordan joined Davies Collison Cave in 1989. He has bachelor’s degrees in law and the arts from Melbourne University and a master’s of law from Monash University.

Chris Jordan

Patricia Kelly

Patricia Kelly has been Director General of IP Australia since December 2013.

Before IP Australia, Ms Kelly was a Deputy Secretary in Commonwealth departments responsible for industry and innovation. Her public sector career spans over 30 years, including in the Department of Social Security and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and she has served on numerous boards and committees.

Ms Kelly works closely with the research and higher education sector. She led Australia’s bid to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope and represented Australia on the Board of the International SKA Organisation. In addition to her role at IP Australia, she is responsible for the SKA project team at the Department of Industry and Science and chairs the Australia-New Zealand SKA Coordination Committee. In 2013 she received the Australian Public Service Medal for her efforts to secure Australia’s SKA bid and promote public sector innovation.

Patricia Kelly

Brett Kensett-Smith

Brett Kensett-Smith is a registered Australian patent and trademark attorney. He has worked as a patent attorney for nearly 20 years and, more recently, as an innovation specialist in both private practice and in-house roles in Australia and the United Kingdom.

In his role at US-based company Xinova, Mr Kensett-Smith manages key partner relationships for its innovations group, helping partners to scope technical problems and source innovative solutions through Xinova’s global inventor network. Previously for Xinova, Mr Kensett-Smith managed a major orthopaedic device project at the University of New South Wales, funded by Xinova and a A$1.59 million New South Wales government medical devices fund grant. 

Mr Kensett-Smith’s previous roles include IP manager at medical device company Ventracor, senior associate at IP firm Griffith Hack, associate at London-based IP firm Mathys & Squire and research and environmental scientist for listed industrial water and wastewater treatment company Memtec.

Brett Kensett-Smith

Joo Sup Kim

Joo Sup Kim is a vice president of the IP centre at LG Electronics and manages the team responsible for litigation, licensing, counselling, open source and copyright. Dr Kim joined LG Electronics in 2011 after spending several decades at other LG affiliates (Goldstar, LG Semicon and LG Display). Dr Kim’s career in the IP industry spans almost 30 years, with extensive experience in IP litigation and licensing. He has been involved in IP matters covering a vast number of technologies, including telecommunications, consumer electronics, liquid crystal displays, organic light-emitting diodes and semiconductors.

Dr Kim's expertise includes both offensive and defensive matters through strategic litigation and licensing. He has successfully managed numerous strategic IP transactions, M&A transactions and alliances.
Dr Kim received a PhD in law from Kookmin University, a master’s in IP law from the Franklin Pierce Law Centre (United States) and a bachelor’s in electronics engineering from Hanyang University.

Joo Sup Kim

Adam Liberman

Adam Liberman is vice president, strategic planning at Coherent Cloud Pty Ltd. He is also a professorial visiting fellow at the University of New South Wales, where he teaches postgraduate courses, including IP Strategy & Management. He is co-author of the reference book Intellectual Property in Australia (fifth edition, Lexis Nexis) and a general editor and author of International Licensing and Technology Transfer: Practice and the Law – a three-volume looseleaf service published by Wolters Kluwer. He has been named a world-leading strategist in the IAM Strategy 300.

Previously, Mr Liberman was general counsel and general manager, intellectual property at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, a member of the commonwealth government’s Advisory Council on Intellectual Property, a partner at Freehills and president of the Licensing Executives Society International.

Adam Liberman

Brett Lunn

Brett Lunn is managing partner of FB Rice and one of Australia’s most experienced and pragmatic IP specialists. He specialises in providing strategic advice in the corporate sphere, advising a range of clients – from corporations and small and medium-sized entities to start-ups and research institutions.

Highly regarded for his ability to understand and advise on intellectual property in the context of a client’s overall business strategy, Dr Lunn brings to the advisory role a depth of understanding developed over many years working as a physicist and patent attorney.

Dr Lunn believes that patent and trademark prosecution is only one aspect of a successful IP strategy. Equally important is the role that intellectual property plays in developing a business, securing funding and building corporate assets. He sees the efficient management of intangible assets as vital to the success of any business, particularly those with a growth mandate and global aspirations.

Brett Lunn

Claire McGowan

During her career, Claire McGowan has been actively involved in technology commercialisation and investment, with numerous governance roles and a range of projects in the Maori economy. Her academic training includes a PhD in molecular microbiology and an MBA from Otago University (Dunedin, New Zealand). 

Ms McGowan's passions lie in providing opportunities for entrepreneurs, in industry and network development, education and investment. She is from Te Arawa/Ngati Pikiao Iwi, and has recently been enjoying taking a more active role in projects for the Maori and youth economies. 

Claire McGowan

Derek Minihane

Derek Minihane is head of Cochlear Ltd’s sound processors and accessories department and head of IP strategy. He is also programme manager, research and technology. Mr Minihane works within R&D and:

  • leads a product development group responsible for the design and creation of sound processors and related hardware accessories;
  • drives Cochlear’s long-term research programme, setting its strategic direction and ensuring the delivery of research outcomes and new technologies; and
  • oversees Cochlear’s IP function and advises on all manner of IP issues. 

Previously, Mr Minihane was vice president, intellectual property at Intermolecular, Inc in Silicon Valley, where he oversaw intellectual property and licensing. Before that, he was head of IP law for Altera Corporation, after gaining significant litigation, advisory and prosecution experience at various US law firms. Mr Minihane has an electrical engineering degree from Cornell University and a JD from the George Washington University National Law Centre. 

Derek Minihane

Andrew O’Brien

Andrew O’Brien is a director of the IP and life science business for Clarivate Analytics (formerly the IP and science business of Thomson Reuters). He has 15 years’ experience working with intellectual property and innovation intelligence and, in the last five years, has focused on the development and implementation of industry-wide strategies to use scientific and technical data sources, primarily patent information to evaluate trends, competitive advantages and next-level innovation.

Mr O’Brien works with senior client executives and decision makers in Australasia’s largest research and development intensive companies, small and medium-sized enterprises and academic and government institutions, providing them with expert insight and best practices to help them achieve maximum value from their innovations that power the IP lifecycle. Key areas of expertise include licensing/collaboration reviews, big data and existing/future state technology landscapes, as well as spearheading industry projects for government departments in the science, technology and innovation sectors.

Andrew O’Brien

Philip Parker

Philip Parker is the founder of PJ Parker & Co, Japan’s only patent brokering firm.

The company’s clients include more than two-thirds of the top 20 Japanese high-tech companies and many of the major high-tech companies from China, Korea and Taiwan. In addition to brokering the sale and licensing of patents, the company helps small and medium-sized enterprises with strong IP portfolios to gain funding from corporate strategic investors.

In his earlier career, Dr Parker worked as an engineer in the telecommunications industry and as a management consultant based in Sydney and later Tokyo. He is also a co-founder and director of systemsGo, an Asia-Pacific IT services company.

Dr Parker is originally from Adelaide and has a PhD in systems engineering from the Australian National University. He has lived in Japan for the past 20 years and speaks Japanese and Chinese.

Philip Parker

Jane Perrier

Jane Perrier is special counsel, technology, innovation and intellectual property at Telstra. She has been providing strategic legal advice and support for Telstra’s global IP interests for over 20 years.

Ms Perrier has led Telstra’s extensive engagement on IP policy, law and regulation and has authored and co-authored a number of articles on IP issues. She is a lawyer and a registered trademark attorney. Previously, she was an appointee and a consultant to the former Advisory Council on Intellectual Property, and in 2013 she won Euromoney’s Australasian Women in Business Law Award for in-house IP management.

Ms Perrier mentors students from the University of Melbourne’s JD mentoring programme and coordinates Telstra Legal Services' Community Contribution Group, which raises money and provides volunteer services to the community. Outside Telstra, Ms Perrier is on the board of the Victorian Blue Ribbon Foundation as adviser to the chief commissioner of Victoria Police.

Jane Perrier

Karen Sinclair

Technically qualified in chemistry and the life sciences, with over 28 years’ experience, Karen Sinclair has extensive experience in intellectual asset management, including strategy development, patent drafting, prosecution, pre-litigation practice, contentious matters and competitor analysis.

Ms Sinclair works with a diverse range of Australian start-up and small and medium-sized businesses, as well as multinationals in the chemical and pharmaceutical fields.

Chair of Watermark and a senior fellow in the University of Melbourne Law Faculty, Ms Sinclair was recognised in the 2015 IAM Strategy 300 and the 2013 AsiaLaw’s Leading Lawyers. She was president of the Licensing Executives Society Australia and New Zealand (2009-2010), a board member of the Professional Standards Board for Patent and Trademark Attorneys (2007-2013) and is a current member of the Licensing Executives Society International Asia-Pacific Committee.

Karen Sinclair

Anan Sivananthan

Anan Sivananthan is vice president of legal services at Creative Technology Ltd, the world's leading soundcard manufacturer and a leader in the personal digital entertainment space.Mr Sivananthan oversees Creative's legal matters globally, with a focus on contentious matters and worldwide IP litigation, registration and enforcement. He also handles Creative's anti-counterfeiting activities and is responsible for the management of its IP portfolio. Before joining Creative, Mr Sivananthan worked at Drew & Napier, specialising in IP litigation and general contract disputes. Mr Sivananthan obtained his LLB (Hons) from Queen Mary College, University of London. He has been called to the UK and Singapore bars and is admitted to the Roll of Solicitors of England and Wales. He was previously a committee member of the Licensing Executives Society Singapore. He was named Asian Legal Business's Southeast Asia In-House Lawyer of the Year in 2006 and was a finalist in 2007.

Anan Sivananthan

Jarrod Ward

Jarrod Ward is the director of Ahurei – an IP management and strategy consulting company. Dr Ward has a PhD in synthetic organic chemistry and is a registered patent attorney in New Zealand and Australia. Over the past decade, he has worked in various industry and professional roles.

Dr Ward has worked as a patent attorney in several patent attorney firms in New Zealand and Australia. He previously managed the IP portfolio for the University of Sydney’s faculty of engineering and information technologies and now manages the IP portfolios of several companies (some of which are listed on the Sydney stock exchange). During his career, Dr Ward has overseen and been directly involved in the commercialisation of many different technologies.

Jarrod Ward

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