Chris Bird

Chris Bird

Partner, Allens Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys
Patent Attorney BA (EngSci) MSc (Intellectual Property Law) FCIPA (UK) FIPTA (Aus)
Melbourne | +61 3 9613 8259

Chris is a patent and trade marks attorney, and has been practising in this field for more than 20 years. He specialises in all aspects of patent work, particularly in the computer science and engineering disciplines, including the fields of electrical and electronic engineering, computer hardware and software, and medical technology. He has extensive experience in matters relating to the use and exploitation of intellectual property rights through licensing and other commercialisation routes for a number of significant clients.

Chris's primary areas of responsibility include the drafting and prosecution of patent applications; patent opposition work; and advice on patent validity and infringement matters, predominantly in technical fields relating to computer technology and advanced engineering. Specific technology areas include image and audio signal processing, digital telecommunications, electromechanical power switching and control, e-commerce inventions (financial systems, supply fulfilment, online auction methodology, search engines), medical tomography, endoprosthetics, automotive, offshore construction and drilling, and hydraulic systems. He represents a wide variety of clients both locally and overseas and, over recent years, has been working closely with companies such as Australia Post, Paper Australia, Vividas Technologies, Mitsubishi Australia, Ergon Energy and Zerogen.

Following an early career in engineering, Chris became a patent examiner at the European Patent Office. He then spent six years working in the patents department of a leading technology transfer organisation in the United Kingdom, before relocating to Australia in 1998. As well as being a registered Australian and New Zealand Patent Attorney, he is a UK Patent Agent and a European Patent Attorney. His experience on international transactions and his engineering background enable him to bring valuable additional perspectives and clarity to clients' patent and trademark needs.

Chris's skills in several European languages provide an additional strength to his practice. Chris has been active in IP education, running seminars and tutorials in countries including the UK and The Netherlands. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA) and a member of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ) and of the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI). He is also a Fellow of the UK Chartered Institute of Patent Agents (CIPA) and a member of the European Patent Institute (EPI). Chris also has a very active interest in Chinese IP matters.