From all the hype in the media, you would think that software is not patentable in Australia. Much has been written about the recent IP Australia administrative hearing results from last year. A ...
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In the early 1990's, as a new California lawyer and patent attorney, I practiced in Silicon Valley where I worked with companies who mostly already understood the basics of patent law and why patents were important for their long term strategy. After that experience I have now made it my mission to bring Australian companies up to speed about why patents are important for their long term strategy, having written extensively on the subject. At this time I am now establishing a training program to teach in-house patent engineers to mine their companies for patentable inventions while carrying on my IP legal practice." Paula Natasha Chavez - Senior Associate, US Patent & Trade Mark Attorney, Solicitor
A native Californian and now resident Australian, Paula Natasha Chavez has an impressive legal career that spans over 25 years across the US, France, and Australia. Graduating from UCLA with a degree in Physics and JD from Loyola Law School, Paula kicked off her career in 1990, as an associate for a Silicon Valley top tier general practice firm and boutique IP firm. In 1997, she moved to Portland, working as General Counsel for two tech companies before making the transition to IP lawyer for PNC Consulting, where her clients included Motorola and General Motors. For many years she enjoyed a flexible role that allowed her to live and work in both France and Australia, and, in 2010, she relocated to Sydney, drawn in by its natural beauty.
Coming from a world where the relationship between patent attorney and IP lawyer is symbiotic, Paula was surprised to discover that the two practices in Australia stand alone. For her, that was just another way to test her dexterity. Lively and engaged, she posseses a sharp wit and candour that helps her get straight to the heart of what her client needs; and, through publishing prolifically, she has carved out an identity in the Australian legal landscape producing and hosting several talks, videos, workshops and papers in leading legal journals. In 2017, LexisNexis published three scholarly articles, including “Australia’s Looming Patent Crisis”.
Examining her own skills and navigating her way through the market to find the right fit, in Baxter IP Paula has finally found a dynamic and established firm that allows her leverage her considerable experience in drafting and prosecuting mechanical and software patents. On top of that, she seeks to fully utilise the broad spectrum of her patent, legal, and commercial skill sets to her clients’ advantage.
When she’s out of the office, Paula spends her time engaged in her retail shop in Bondi junction, Artful Ambience, where she manufactures a line of silver and gold jewellery encrusted with gemstones. She also enjoys lazy afternoons at the Beach.
- 1990 Admitted to Practice Law in California
- 1991 Registered to Practice Before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
- 2014 Admitted to Practice Law in New South Wales
- 2017 Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors