Michael Christie PhD

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  • Overview

    Michael is a leading Australian patent attorney recognised for his legal acumen and his technical expertise in biotechnology, and he heads up our life sciences team.

    Michael has a Bachelor of Biotechnology with first class Honours and PhD in biochemistry.  For his post-graduate research, Michael received both the University Medal and the Dean’s Award for academic excellence.  Michael worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tuebingen, Germany, and his research has been widely published in high-impact journals such as Nature Communications and PNAS.

    Michael’s patent expertise spans all aspects of patent practice, from drafting and prosecution through to enforcement and portfolio management.  Intellectual Asset Magazine (2019) has described Michael’s ability to “draft complex biotechnology patents with ease”.  Michael has also acted in several high profile patent opposition and litigation proceedings concerning pharmaceutical and genetic technologies.

    Michael represents Australia on the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) Standing Committee for Pharma and Biotechnology.  In that capacity, he authored the Australian chapter of AIPPI’s book, Antibody Patenting: A Practitioner’s Guide to Drafting, Prosecution and Enforcement (Wolters Kluwer, 2019).

    Michael is also accredited by IP Australia as a Consultant Qualified Person, enabling him to advise on, and certify, Plant Breeder’s Rights applications.

    Michael received the prestigious Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA) Institute Prize, and has been listed among the World’s Leading Patent Practitioners by Intellectual Asset Magazine for three years running (2018-20).

    Michael previously worked at global law firm and an Australian commercial law firm.

    Qualifications

    • Master of Intellectual Property, University of Technology Sydney
    • Doctor of Philosophy (Biochemistry), University of Queensland
    • Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours), University of Queensland
    • Graduate Certificate in Research Commercialisation, University of Queensland
    • Registered Patent Attorney (Australia and New Zealand)
    • Registered Trade Mark Attorney (Australia)
    • Accredited Consultant Qualified Person (Plant Breeder’s Rights)

    Professional Affiliations

    • Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia
    • Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand
    • Asian Patent Attorneys Association
    • International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property
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  • Michael is a leading Australian patent attorney recognised for his legal acumen and his technical expertise in biotechnology, and he heads up our life sciences team.

    Michael has a Bachelor of Biotechnology with first class Honours and PhD in biochemistry.  For his post-graduate research, Michael received both the University Medal and the Dean’s Award for academic excellence.  Michael worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tuebingen, Germany, and his research has been widely published in high-impact journals such as Nature Communications and PNAS.

    Michael’s patent expertise spans all aspects of patent practice, from drafting and prosecution through to enforcement and portfolio management.  Intellectual Asset Magazine (2019) has described Michael’s ability to “draft complex biotechnology patents with ease”.  Michael has also acted in several high profile patent opposition and litigation proceedings concerning pharmaceutical and genetic technologies.

    Michael represents Australia on the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) Standing Committee for Pharma and Biotechnology.  In that capacity, he authored the Australian chapter of AIPPI’s book, Antibody Patenting: A Practitioner’s Guide to Drafting, Prosecution and Enforcement (Wolters Kluwer, 2019).

    Michael is also accredited by IP Australia as a Consultant Qualified Person, enabling him to advise on, and certify, Plant Breeder’s Rights applications.

    Michael received the prestigious Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA) Institute Prize, and has been listed among the World’s Leading Patent Practitioners by Intellectual Asset Magazine for three years running (2018-20).

    Michael previously worked at global law firm and an Australian commercial law firm.

    Qualifications

    • Master of Intellectual Property, University of Technology Sydney
    • Doctor of Philosophy (Biochemistry), University of Queensland
    • Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours), University of Queensland
    • Graduate Certificate in Research Commercialisation, University of Queensland
    • Registered Patent Attorney (Australia and New Zealand)
    • Registered Trade Mark Attorney (Australia)
    • Accredited Consultant Qualified Person (Plant Breeder’s Rights)

    Professional Affiliations

    • Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia
    • Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand
    • Asian Patent Attorneys Association
    • International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property