"IP is where innovation and commerciality intersect"

Derek anticipates issues that may otherwise escalate, and helps clients adopt a proactive approach to managing their IP risk. “Companies that rely on IP for their competitive edge in the market need to ensure that they have a plan for enforcement. It’s this that ensures their competitive position is protected.”

Derek’s pragmatic approach to litigation enables him to see the big picture for clients and provide practical advice. “Strategy must consider both the short and long term. In some cases, adopting an aggressive strategy against one high profile infringer may be all that’s required to warn off potential infringers. On other occasions, consistent and lower key enforcement may be more appropriate. Every circumstance is different and demands a unique approach.”

For Derek, a self-confessed science and technology geek, “the thrill of IP is being at the forefront of technology, innovation, and exposure to new people and industries."

Derek has particularly deep experience in technology-focused patent litigation, working with clients across a range of sectors and industries. Since relocating to Australia in 2007 after nine years at leading UK firm Bristows, Derek’s practice has broadened to disputes involving a range of IP rights beyond his specialty in patents. This breadth of experience enables Derek to bring insights to clients from beyond their sector.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Physics) - University of Cambridge, UK
  • Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice – Bristol University, UK
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice – College of Law, UK
  • Diploma in Law – College of Law, UK
  • Bachelor of Natural Sciences (Honours) – University of Cambridge, UK

Recognition

  • 2015

    Best Lawyers - IP 'Leading'

    Australian Financial Review (AFR) Partnership Survey