Dr. Michael Koch
BSc/MSc, PhD (physics); MIP - Director
Michael is an Australian, New Zealand and European patent attorney, an Australian trade mark attorney and is on the register of Singapore patent agents. Michael joined the profession in 1997 as a trainee attorney in a major Australian IP firm during the completion of his PhD thesis in semiconductor technology, for which a US patent was later awarded. Incidentally, Michael assisted in the prosecution of the patent application related to his PhD thesis as part of his training.
Michael has acted for clients in various aspects of patent, trade mark and design law, including the preparation and prosecution of applications to registration and the enforcement and defence of registered rights. Michael has acted for a wide range of clients including MNCs, universities, SMEs and individual inventors.
In patents, Michael has worked extensively in the fields of photonics; telecommunication networks; semiconductor technology; computer technology including software, hardware, networks and AI; business systems and applied methods; and mechanical and electronics engineering.
Michael has acted for clients in the successful prosecution of IP applications to grant in all major jurisdictions (including Australia, ASEAN, Europe, Germany, USA, Japan, China, and Korea). Michael has also acted for clients in IP litigation matters (infringement, validity), revocation proceedings, hearings and appeals.
Michael has also assisted clients in various aspects of IP management, including harnessing invention disclosures, conducting in-house work-shops for R&D staff to develop IP awareness and understanding, development of in-house portfolio management tools, and advising on commercial activities relating to IP assets, including freedom-to-operate and scope of protection/validity advice.
Michael has also been a member of the Examination Committee for the Qualifying Examinations for Singapore Patent Agents since 2011, serving as a setter and marker of Paper A - drafting of patent specification.