Richard specialises in patent matters related to a diverse range of technologies, including Information and Communication Technology (ICT), micro electronics, electronic materials and semiconductor processing, micro/nano systems/MEMS and related technologies, and physics. His practice includes drafting patent specifications, local and international prosecution, providing strategy, validity and infringement advice, and oppositions.
Previously, Richard was a Research Professor at the Microelectronics Research Center at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, a Resident Consultant at Bell Laboratories (Lucent Technologies), a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University, a Research Associate in the Materials Science & Engineering Department at North Carolina State University, and a Research Associate at La Trobe University.
He has directed and performed original research in the fields of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), nanotechnology, materials engineering, and semiconductor processing. He has lectured in microelectronics, semiconductor processing, MEMS, materials science and patent law, and has over 40 refereed technical publications.
Richard has hands-on expertise in computer and network engineering, software programming and complex data analysis/processing, electronics, microelectronics, materials engineering and materials characterisation (including ion beam and electron beam analysis, electrical characterisation, and surface science).
He is active in AIPPI, the international association for the protection of intellectual property, being the Australian representative on the standing committee for IT & Internet, and was the invited Chair of the Patents Study Committee that developed AIPPI’s Resolution on the Patentability of Computer Implemented Inventions in late 2017.