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Chris Carter | Partner

B.Sc.(Hons.), LL.B., Ph.D., Patent Attorney and Lawyer

Chris Carter

Areas of Expertise

  • Patents
  • Designs
  • Clean Technology
  • Information Technology & Software
  • Materials Science
  • Nanotechnology
  • Physics

Chris provides commercially focused advice relating to obtaining and enforcing intellectual property rights. He has particular expertise in patent and design law, and in the preparation of patent specifications, prosecution of patent applications, patent opposition proceedings, and patent validity and infringement analysis. Chris also conducts IP audits and due diligence investigations, and assists in patent litigation and mediation.

Chris has advised many different businesses, from a range of start-ups to multinationals, developing or selling products in various areas of technology. For example, in many areas of physics applications, electronics, printer technology, microtechnology and nanotechnology, new materials, renewable energy systems and photo-voltaic devices, mining apparatus, and a range of mechanical devices. He also performs a significant amount of patent work in the area of information and communication technology (ICT), software applications, business methods and e-commerce.

Chris' Ph.D. research involved experimental research on developing a general materials processing / semiconductor production system using plasma based deposition/etching. This included the design and construction of various electronic, magnetic and optical diagnostic devices, radio-frequency electronic circuits, and developing analysis, modelling and control software. Chris' research also involved producing and analysing thin films and radio-frequency antennas.

Chris has significant experience with US patents and has worked at a Canadian law firm. Chris joined Davies Collison Cave in 1998.

Affiliations and Memberships

  • Fellow: Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia
  • Member: The Law Society of New South Wales
  • Member: Asian Patent Attorneys Association
  • Member: Australian Institute of Physics
  • Member: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Member: Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • Member: International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property


  • Registered Patent Attorney (Australia and New Zealand)
  • Admitted: Lawyer of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Physics), University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons.), University of Western Australia
  • Bachelor of Laws, Macquarie University
  • Registered Trade Marks Attorney (Australia)
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, University of Technology Sydney

Chris’s latest articles

Australian Federal Court hands down Markman-like decision on patent construction

A recent judgment of the Federal Court of Australia has shown a willingness to hear and decide upon patent infringement cases… more »

e-Patents (Dec 09): Top US patent holders, Nokia's iPhone suit and more

This update focuses on recent intellectual property decisions and developments impacting the field of information and… more »

Divisional applications entitled to benefit from grace period

The Full Federal Court recently handed down a decision that clarifies the law in Australia provides a full twelve month grace… more »

Articles about Chris

DCC Out & About

Warren Wong and Shu-Yen Lee attended this seminar in August, along with engineers from  across the software, chemical… more »

CSIRO wins the Innovations and Inventions Award at the 2013 Engineering Excellence Awards Sydney

The annual Engineers Australia Sydney Division Engineering Excellence Awards received a significant number of entries in the… more »

Sydney Angels - Due Diligence Workshop - Special Deal Ends on 4 April 2011

How good are your due diligence processes at confirming good deals and detecting poor ones? Compare to best practices and… more »