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B.Sc.(Hons.), PhD, Patent Attorney
Ken specialises in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the physics and mechanical fields, and is also experienced in patent oppositions, both in Australia and Europe, and the provision of infringement and validity advice. He has a strong interest in the strategic use of intellectual property as a business tool.
Ken's Honours project investigated properties of bound states of scalar quantum field theories and his PhD project involved measurement of atmospheric electromagnetic cascades initiated by ultra-high energy cosmic rays. This included Monte Carlo simulations of the effects of the choice of particle physics model used to infer the nature of the initiating particle. In 2002 Ken commenced a postdoctoral fellowship in the Genetics and Bioinformatics Division of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, collaborating with scientists in the fields of parasitology and cancer biology, and developing statistical and computational methods for the analysis of oligonucleotide microarrays. This included co-authorship of software for detection of differential splicing in exon arrays.
Ken qualified as a patent attorney in 2008, in the process winning the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys (IPTA) Medal for outstanding performance in the final qualifying papers. Ken joined Davies Collison Cave in 2011.
Ken has drafted and prosecuted patent applications covering a variety of optical devices and has also conducted patent oppositions in this area. He has particular expertise in diffractive devices, methods of their manufacture, and their application to document security. He also has experience in relation to liquid crystal devices, organic photovoltaics, microfluidics and microlenses.
He has also drafted and prosecuted a wide variety of applications in the mechanical arts, including hinges and latches for safety gates, packaging and packaging machinery, food and beverage containers, mobile shelving, confined space entry systems, defence apparel, sporting equipment and lockable window winders.
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