Peter started in the patent attorney profession in England and qualified there as a Chartered Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney before moving to Australia in 1982. He joined Davies Collison Cave in 1985, becoming a partner in 1986. His professional activities include patent drafting and prosecution, principally in the areas of material science, inorganic/physical chemistry, mechanical, chemical and process engineering, and medical devices. He is also involved in patent oppositions, patent infringement and validity assessment and advice, and litigation matters.
Peter's expertise extends particularly to explosives and related technologies, fuel cell technologies, packaging technology, bonding and other surface technologies, ceramics including zirconia derivatives and infiltration technology, diamonds and diamond substitutes, glass, wood technology, metals and alloys, steel production, aluminium production, leaching and other processing of ore, and hydrocarbon extraction and conversion technologies.
He was the primary Examiner for the Professional Standards Board for Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys in Topic Group H - Interpretation and Validity of Patent Specifications from 1998 to 2004 and tutored in the same subject for the Academy of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys until 2007.
Peter was the president of the Australian Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI Australia) for six years until 2009, and is the immediate past international President of the Federation Internationale des Conseils en Propriete Intellectuelle (International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys - FICPI). In this role he was at the forefront of activities involving intellectual property and regularly met senior officials from a variety of IP bodies, including the United States Patent & Trade Mark Office, the European Patent Office, the Japanese Patent Office, the Indian Patent Office, IP Australia, the World Intellectual Property Office, the World Trade Organisation and the European Commission. Peter is still involved at the upper levels of FICPI and is now the President of FICPI's Training and Education Commission (TEC).