Dr Qi Zhang
Senior Associate, Patent & Trade Mark Attorney
I love seeing my clients and their businesses grow, because I feel like I grow with them. There’s no better feeling than staying with an inventor from the first discussion of their idea, through successfully protecting their IP rights, to seeing them generate profits from their hard work and creativity.– Dr Qi Zhang - Principal, Patent & Trade Mark Attorney
We were delighted to welcome Qi to the Baxter IP team in 2016. Specialising in mobile communications, electrical engineering and mechanics, he works with private inventors, start-ups and SMEs, helping to identify and protect their IP assets and providing comprehensive support from concept through to commercialisation.
Qi provides clear, practical advice to clients on the patentability of their inventions and patenting strategies, in light of their specific goals and business strategies. He also drafts patent specifications and prosecutes patent applications in major jurisdictions, including Australia, US, China, Europe, Japan, Korea and other emerging economies.
Our clients appreciate Qi for his straightforward, jargon-free advice and for his strong focus on helping them to generate sustainable value from their ideas and hard work. Qi helps his clients explore different ideas and options, and make informed decisions about a patent strategy and commercialisation pathway to suit their individual circumstances and goals.
Prior to joining Baxter IP, Qi has enjoyed a highly successful international career in IP protection and management. In 2012 he was invited to join a tier-1 patent attorney firm in Sydney, where he qualified as an Australian patent attorney. Working with high-profile international clients and leading Australian research organisations, including NICTA, CSIRO and the University of Sydney, he provided expert advice on global patent strategies, drafted patent specifications, and provided legal and technical analyses of patentability in multiple technical areas including software, business methods, financial services, electronics, and mechatronics.
Before his move to Sydney Qi’s career took him to the USA, where he furthered his education in the IP field by completing a Master degree in Intellectual Property Management & Markets. As a patent researcher with a US patent consulting firm, he applied these learnings to help clients create tangible commercial value from their intangible IP assets – identifying valuable patents in hot consumer markets and advising clients on building their patent portfolios. His work also included identifying potential patent infringements and supporting clients through infringement litigation.
The foundations of Qi’s intellectual property career were built in China, where he worked with one of the top patent attorney firms in China after completing his Ph.D in electrical engineering in 2005. His work there included providing legal and technical advice, and managing the preparation, filing and prosecution of patent applications for major international clients including Motorola, Samsung, 3M, GE and Yamaha.
- Registered Australian Patent Attorney
- Chinese Patent Attorney Qualification
- M.S. in Intellectual Property Management & Markets
- Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering
- Bachelor of Science in Communication Engineering
- Over 10 years working experience in patent protection in Australia, the US, and China
- Solid understanding of cutting-edge technologies, marketing, and laws.
- Pragmatic solutions to client problems
- Positive attitude to work and life
- The Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia
- The Australia China Business Council