Todd is a registered Australian, New Zealand, and United States patent and trademark attorney based in Christchurch, New Zealand, and Brisbane, Australia.
Todd has extensive experience in procuring and defending important intellectual property, including patents and trademarks. He is one of only a small number of actively tri-licensed U.S., Australian, and New Zealand patent attorneys. His specialties include software patents and Internet technology, intellectual property for start-up businesses, medical device patents, and general mechanical technology.
Todd was an examiner in one of the medical device examining units at the United States Patent & Trademark Office prior to becoming a patent and trade mark attorney. This provided Todd with a unique insight into the patenting process.
While a patent attorney in the U.S., Todd was involved in the drafting and prosecution of patent applications in the Michelson patent portfolio, the bulk of which was sold to Medtronic for US$1.35 Billion in 2005. Much of his work factored in favourable multi-million-dollar judgements and settlements for his clients.
Todd is in an excellent position to utilize his extensive experience in working with high net-worth inventions to guide and benefit his clients, which range from individual inventors to multi-national corporations. One of his articles on patenting methods of medical treatment has been cited in a brief in an important patent case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Todd is professionally licensed with the patent offices of the U.S.A., Australia and New Zealand. He is admitted to the Bar in California (active), Washington D.C. (active), Virginia and Ohio.
Seán is a registered Australian and New Zealand Patent Attorney, with more than twenty years of IP experience. Seán is based in Melbourne, Australia.
While studying for his law degrees, Seán worked for a subscription-based television channel broadcaster M-NET (abbreviation of Electronic Media Network). Seán enjoyed the great opportunities presented in this newly developing environment and worked his way up from client service to a Project Coordinator for the largest technology upgrade project undertaken by M-NET at the time. It was at M-NET that Seán learned the importance of a client-focus driven approach to dealings with clients.
Seán initially worked in the field of patent law in South Africa. A further element of Seán’s South African practise included advising clients on the relevant provisions of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, in particular those relating to bioprospecting and cultural knowledge.
Seán’s IP practice in South Africa included acting for many of the academic biotechnology and biomedical research facilities based at universities. Seán was fortunate to work with one of the top litigation attorneys at the time in South Africa, which gave him an abiding interest in litigation.
In 2001, Seán was recruited to a major IP firm in Sydney, Australia. After completing a masters in IP law and qualifying as an Australian patent and trademark attorney, Seán was recruited to another major IP firm, this time in Melbourne. In Australia, Seán interest has predominantly been in the field of patent law relating to biotechnology and biomedicine.
When the opportunity presented itself, Seán undertook PhD studies in the Anatomical Neurochemistry Laboratory of Professor David Pow, an internationally renowned neuroscientist.
After completing his PhD, Seán worked in private practise and tertiary education before joining Martin IP.
As well as practising in the field of IP law, Seán is an Assistant Professor at a medical school where he lectures legal medicine, molecular biology, medical genetics, and human physiology.