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Dr John Baxter - Commercial Counsel, Patent Licensing Guru
John Baxter commenced working for the Australian inventor Arthur Bishop in 1977, while completing his PhD studies in Mechanical Engineering in the field of vehicle dynamics at UNSW. Arthur Bishop’s invention and IP commercialisation business was subsequently corporatized as the Bishop Technology Group Limited in 1985.
John’s 33 year career at Bishop involved all aspects of product and process R&D, IP management, marketing of automotive steering technology and international IP licensing. As part of his responsibilities at Bishop, John managed various product R&D teams working in automotive hydraulic power steering, IC engine, advanced sensors and electric power steering, vehicle motorsport steering, and vehicle dynamics development.
In parallel with this R&D role, John also had responsibility for Bishop’s international patent portfolio of over 350 patents and patent applications, including the writing, filing, prosecution, maintenance and IP litigation. John was the inventor or co-inventor for many of Bishop’s international patent families, and has authored and co-authored numerous published technical papers in the field of automotive steering and the related field of vehicle dynamics.
John was a member of the Australian Government’s Advisory Council on Industrial Property (ACIP) for IP Australia for the period 1994 – 2000.
John left Bishop at the end of 2009 and is now a Consultant at Baxter IP, specialising in IP commercialisation and, in particular, the structuring of patents and licence agreements to maximize the commercial value of the IP.
John is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), of the Society of Automotive Engineers Australasia (SAE-A), and of Engineers Australia.
Since 2004, John has been a member of the Dean’s Advisory Committee for the Faculty of Engineering at UNSW, and has also been a director of Micreo Limited, an Australian defence microwave and photonics engineering company since this same date.
John’s recent engineering interests have involved the evolution of electric vehicles, and the architectural requirements of the electricity grid to enable charging of these vehicles, and the electrical integration with rooftop PV and stationary batteries. He is a member of the ATSE Energy Forum and assisted with ATSE’s submission to the Energy White Paper in 2014 and the organisation of ATSE’s “Intelligent Grids” Symposium in Sydney in May 2015.