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Ken Simpson

Associate

Qualifications

Australian and New Zealand Patent Attorney
Australian Trade Mark Attorney
Singapore Patent Attorney (non-practising)

Ken obtained a first class Honours Degree in Theoretical Physics, and a PhD in High Energy Astrophysics, both from the University of Adelaide.

Career History

Ken joined Gill Jennings & Every in 2017 from the in-house department of a multinational financial services and technology company, where he managed the IP function for the Asia/Pacific region.

Prior to his in-house role, Ken worked for top-tier firms in Australia and Singapore. He qualified as an Australian Patent and Trade Mark Attorney in 2009 and as a Singapore Patent Attorney in 2014. Ken received the Australian Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys Prize for outstanding performance in the qualifying examinations.

Before joining the patent profession, Ken spent a number of years as a postdoctoral researcher in Bioinformatics at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, Australia.

Ken Simpson

Associate

Ken specialises in patent-related matters in relation to software and other computer technology, and also has experience in a wide variety of other technologies, particularly semiconductors, anti-counterfeiting technology, optics and bioinformatics. He has worked with start-ups, SMEs, and multinational companies in Asia/Pacific and Europe, helping them to obtain, defend and enforce IP rights, as well as advising them on freedom-to-operate and IP strategy.

In addition to his years in private practice, Ken has also worked as in-house counsel, giving him experience in advising on IP-related aspects of contracts and M&A deals, brand strategy and protection, and technology and brand licensing.  Having worked closely with product teams, he has an appreciation of how IP plays an integral role in the lead-up to product launch and beyond.

Ken enjoys working closely with his clients to gain a deep understanding of their business and their technology.  He sees himself as a partner to his clients, rather than just an adviser.