Our team

“I enjoy working with inventors and innovative companies to assist them in protecting their inventions. My aim is to become a member of your project team, bringing a diverse technical background with a deep understanding of IP laws to your project, to help your company to grow and succeed.”

Chris enjoys working with clients to assist them in navigating the often complex and confusing world of IP protection. Chris has an in-depth understanding of IP system and IP laws, and works with you to determine the most appropriate strategy for protecting your technology. Chris considers his role is to become a member of your team, bringing this understanding of the IP law to assist in helping your company to succeed and grow.

Chris has a diverse technological background which he draws upon to assist his clients. Chris obtained a PhD in experimental astrophysics working on a cosmic ray detector in the Utah desert. He then worked as a defence researcher in explosive blast effects area at DSTG (think real-life MythBusters), before changing tack to work as a bioinformatician for the WEHI, WCHRI and University of Adelaide.  As a consequence, Chris has a very strong technical background enabling him to rapidly engage with new clients to understand their technical language and problems in order to assist in them in protecting their innovative solutions.

Chris’s IP practice is primarily focused on ICT and engineering sectors. Chris has experience drafting and prosecuting patents in telecommunications, medical devices, physics, engineering, data mining, AI/machine learning, software & internet applications. Chris joined Madderns in 2006 and was appointed a partner in 2018.






  • Registered Patent Attorney (AU & NZ)
  • Registered Trade Mark Attorney
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons)
  • PhD (Experimental Physics)
  • Master of Industrial Property


  • Physics
  • Electronics
  • Software
  • ICT
  • Data Analysis Methods
  • Sensors and Signal Processing
  • Energetic Materials
  • Weapon Systems
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biotechnology
  • Medical Devices


  • IPTA (Fellow)
  • LESANZ (Local Committee Member)