B. Sc 1967 Victoria University of Wellington
M. Sc(Hons) Chemistry 1968 Victoria University of Wellington
Registered patent attorney, New Zealand and Australia
Denis has spent over 40 years working in the patent field both in New Zealand and Australia; a rewarding career as a partner in one of the leading patent attorney firms in New Zealand followed by patent consultancy roles on key cases for patent attorney firms both in New Zealand and Australia.
He has handled a wide spectrum of patent work, from preparation and filing of applications, prosecution of applications in NZ and abroad, oppositions in NZ and Australia, Europe and China, other evidence based subjects such as restorations, extensions of time, patent term extensions, supporting Counsel on litigation both in NZ, Australia and overseas and the raft of work that accompanied such efforts. These included reviewing and writing opinions on freedom to operate and validity issues, briefing experts, preparing draft evidence and researching case law.
Denis has specialised in protection for chemical inventions for innovative multinational companies including Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi, BASF, Bayer, Novo Nordisk, Du Pont, Pfizer, Eli Lilly, Bristol-Myers-Squibb, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, Takeda, Shionogi and Gilead. He has also acted for significant NZ companies in this space including Nufarm, Argenta, New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research, as well as in the mechanical engineering sector including Fonterra ( spray drying apparatus ) and Dux Engineers (plumbing equipment).
He has also worked with registered designs, supporting counsel on one of New Zealand’s landmark copyright cases - UPL industries v Dux Engineers.
Denis has in-depth knowledge and experience of the practices and processes before the NZ and Australian patent offices. He has had responsibility for many of New Zealand ‘s leading cases, including oppositions, restorations, extensions of time and other applications.