Gareth Dixon PhD

Principal

Gareth’s technical expertise is organic and bio-organic chemistry.


  • Overview

    Gareth is a Principal of the firm, having more than 12 years of experience as an Australian and New Zealand patent attorney.  He specialises in chemical and materials-related technologies by way of drafting and prosecuting patent applications, conducting opposition proceedings and providing validity and infringement advice.  Gareth also manages the Australasian patent portfolios of multinational clients and works closely with universities and their spin-out enterprises.

    Gareth has a PhD and several peer-reviewed publications in the field of organic chemistry. He has particular expertise in synthetic methodologies, pharmaceuticals and polymers for biomedical applications. Gareth also has an undergraduate major in materials science, with a greentech focus on nanoscale materials for environmental remediation. Gareth’s broad technical experience also enables him to practise effectively across a range of inter-related technologies.

    Prior to joining Shelston IP in 2003, Gareth became foundation-level qualified as a UK patent attorney. He has a thorough knowledge of the New Zealand patent system and is a past winner of the Intellectual Property Society (IPSANZ) prize; his paper, “The ANZAC patent – a bridge too far?” was a forerunner to current harmonisation initiatives between the IP systems of Australia and New Zealand – a market focus that Gareth remains especially keen to develop for the benefit of our clients.  More recently, Gareth has worked with the Defence Export Controls Office (DECO) in establishing the patent application exemption to the Defence and Strategic Goods (DSGL) restrictions under the Defence Trade Controls Amendment Act. 

    Gareth is passionate about client service. Feedback in this regard has regularly highlighted his responsiveness, objectivity and humility – but most importantly, his ability to get results on time and on budget.

    Qualifications

    • Registered Patent Attorney (Australia and New Zealand)
    • Registered Trade Mark Attorney (Australia)
    • Master of Industrial Property, University of Technology, Sydney
    • Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
    • Doctor of Philosophy (Chemistry), Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
    • Bachelor of Science (Honours), Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

    Associations

    • Fellow, Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia
    • Chartered Chemist, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
    • Australian Biotechnology Association (AusBiotech)
    • Asian Patent Attorneys Association.
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  • Technical & Industry Expertise
  • Publications
  • Gareth is a Principal of the firm, having more than 12 years of experience as an Australian and New Zealand patent attorney.  He specialises in chemical and materials-related technologies by way of drafting and prosecuting patent applications, conducting opposition proceedings and providing validity and infringement advice.  Gareth also manages the Australasian patent portfolios of multinational clients and works closely with universities and their spin-out enterprises.

    Gareth has a PhD and several peer-reviewed publications in the field of organic chemistry. He has particular expertise in synthetic methodologies, pharmaceuticals and polymers for biomedical applications. Gareth also has an undergraduate major in materials science, with a greentech focus on nanoscale materials for environmental remediation. Gareth’s broad technical experience also enables him to practise effectively across a range of inter-related technologies.

    Prior to joining Shelston IP in 2003, Gareth became foundation-level qualified as a UK patent attorney. He has a thorough knowledge of the New Zealand patent system and is a past winner of the Intellectual Property Society (IPSANZ) prize; his paper, “The ANZAC patent – a bridge too far?” was a forerunner to current harmonisation initiatives between the IP systems of Australia and New Zealand – a market focus that Gareth remains especially keen to develop for the benefit of our clients.  More recently, Gareth has worked with the Defence Export Controls Office (DECO) in establishing the patent application exemption to the Defence and Strategic Goods (DSGL) restrictions under the Defence Trade Controls Amendment Act. 

    Gareth is passionate about client service. Feedback in this regard has regularly highlighted his responsiveness, objectivity and humility – but most importantly, his ability to get results on time and on budget.

    Qualifications

    • Registered Patent Attorney (Australia and New Zealand)
    • Registered Trade Mark Attorney (Australia)
    • Master of Industrial Property, University of Technology, Sydney
    • Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
    • Doctor of Philosophy (Chemistry), Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
    • Bachelor of Science (Honours), Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

    Associations

    • Fellow, Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia
    • Chartered Chemist, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
    • Australian Biotechnology Association (AusBiotech)
    • Asian Patent Attorneys Association.