Software patent attorney, tech mentor, investor
The backbone of a good patent attorney is a strong engineering or science background, coupled with specialist intellectual property knowledge. But there are very few patent attorneys who also have hands-on experience with businesses in the start-up or acceleration stages.
Chris Baxter is the only patent attorney in Australia who is also an embedded IP advisor to a broad portfolio of Australian and foreign early-stage technology companies. This practical, coal-face experience of advising businesses and developing international IP strategy allows him to add tremendous value to Baxter IP’s clients.
Chris has extensive experience across various fields of technology from medical devices patents to software patents to aeronautical engineering. Chris draws on his experience working in-house as a patent attorney with one of Australia’s top medical devices companies – ResMed, in servicing clients with medical devices patents and with over 12 years of experience in drafting software patent applications. Chris is the go-to patent attorney for tech start-ups looking to patent.
Founding Baxter IP Patent Attorneys
In 2007, Chris founded Baxter IP to offer a revolutionary, commercial-oriented patent attorney service to enable innovators to securely protect and then go on to commercialise their innovations in conjunction with affiliated commercial companies. Chris achieved his vision by establishing the FastCircle Innovation Ecosystem™ with Baxter IP as its cornerstone in 2011.
So we’ve taken up the flag and run ahead to provide our clients with a patent attorney offering combined with comprehensive commercial resources to achieve consistently thorough IP protection, and everything an entrepreneur could require to secure a strong intellectual property asset and go on to monetise it. Chris Baxter
Chris makes no secret of the fact that Baxter IP invests in some of the best ideas that come through its door. Chris and his like-minded colleagues at Baxter IP will back a brilliant, revolutionary idea to the hilt – truly ‘walking the walk’.
Awards & media
Chris has a Masters Degree in industrial property from the University of Technology, Sydney (for which he received the award for 1st place in Trade mark Law) and 1st Class Honours and the thesis prize in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Sydney.
In 2012, Chris was selected by Macquarie University, Sydney to handle protection of their medical device related patent applications and Baxter IP is still proud to provide this service to Macquarie University in 2015.
Chris is a Fellow of The Institute of Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia, and a member of numerous International patent attorney organisations, conferences of which he attends annually.
In 2019, Acquisition International selected him and Baxter IP as the “Leading Specialist Patent and Trademark Attorney of the Year, Australia” in the AI Leading Advisers Awards.
Chris has been interviewed in newspapers and business magazines, and on television (CNBC, Bloomberg, Sky News & ABC) and radio (2UE). He presents to law firms and patent attorney firms around the world, comparing Australian software patent law to that of other jurisdictions.
Outside the office
Chris recently attained membership with the Sydney Chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), the world’s largest association of entrepreneurs where all new members must have started and own a $5m+ revenue business(es). Meeting with groups of highly successful entrepreneurs regularly, allows Chris to hone his strategic business focus and develop new client focussed service offerings for patent & trade mark clients of Baxter IP.
An equal passion for Chris is his involvement in the New Generation of Giving program (NewGens) at Philanthropy Australia, where Chris represents the Baxter Charitable Trusts and broadens his knowledge in the space and so to improve his advisory capacity to the Baxter Charitable Trusts.
Chris enjoys catching up with friends, swimming, rock climbing, learning Mandarin and a regular splash of dining at one of his favourite restaurants.
For the full story, please visit www.chrisbaxter.com.au.
- “Leading Specialist Patent and Trademark Attorney of the Year, Australia” in the Acquisition International Leading Adviser Awards 2019
- Recommended patent attorney for patent prosecution in 2015 by Intellectual Asset Management Magazine
- Member of Entrepreneurs’ Organization Sydney
- Member of New Generation of Giving Program, Philanthropy Australia
- Fellow of The Institute of Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia
- Founded Baxter IP in 2007
- Director of FastCircle companies
- IP advisor to 12 portfolio companies
- Prev. in-house patent attorney at ResMed
- Award for 1st place in Trade Mark Law in Master of Intellectual Property Law @ UTS
- Thesis Prize and 1st Class Hons in Aeronautical Engineering @ USYD
- Software patent attorney specialist
- Basic Mandarin
- Adviser to Baxter Charitable Trusts