"IP delivers economic value to companies"

For David, IP is the building block of Australia's competitiveness in a global market. He sees it as a lever for businesses to capture new markets, increase market share and ensure the sustainability of their competitive advantage.

“Ultimately companies need to decide which markets they will compete in, how they will win in those markets and then execute that strategy effectively. David works closely with Griffith Hacks Global IP Analytics specialists, IP lawyers and R&D tax and transfer pricing specialists to ensure his clients have a clear picture of their current position. “Businesses need to know where they truly sit in the competitive landscape. From this position, they can make informed decisions, manage risks and identify and realise new opportunities.” David has guided many clients – from Australia’s largest listed companies to start ups – through this process.

David is the first to say that filing patents is not always the right approach. “What’s important is that companies make considered decisions about their IP.”

“If registered IP protection fits the business strategy, then we always protect with an eye on enforcement. It’s so important that we stand behind the work we do.” He is proud of the proven resilience of his IP protection work. Most recently, David assisted a major Australian company adopt a vertical integration strategy, which involved navigating a contentious IP landscape and a crowded market to successfully launch a suite of thousands of new products. This ability to combine big picture thinking with an eye for the fine detail that has built David a loyal and growing client base. 


  • Graduate Diploma in Technology Management – Deakin University
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) – University of Sydney
  • Registered Patent Attorney (Australia and New Zealand)


  • 2020

    World Leading IP Specialist

    IAM Strategy 300

    Partner of the year

    Lawyers Weekly

  • 2019

    Recommended in Tier 1 for Prosecution

    IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Practitioners

  • 2014

    AsiaLaw Profiles Guide