Spruson & Ferguson is pleased to announce the appointment of Ken Bolton, who joins the firm in the position of Of Counsel. Ken will be joining the EICT (engineering, information and communication technology) team and will be based in the Sydney office.
Ken is a skilled patent attorney with more than 25 years of experience in intellectual property within government, industry and private practice. He is an expert in consumer electronics, medical devices, anti-counterfeit devices, mining and mineral processing and solar power generation equipment. He has handled cases covering a broad range of technologies including MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical) structures, face recognition and molecular diagnostics.
Having worked as an examiner, a client and an attorney, Ken has a unique 360° view in his approach to the commercialisation of innovations. He started his career in 1991 as a Patents Examiner in the Australian Industrial Property Organisation (now IP Australia) before working as an attorney within several Australian IP firms. During this time, he worked for clients ranging from beekeepers, with record breaking crowd funding, to a world leader in anti-counterfeiting technologies and banknote security. Ken’s IP capture strategies generated 1,764 granted US applications with the USPTO and 200 filings per year for a group of prolific R&D focused companies during one of his in-house roles.
Ken works with local and international clients in prosecuting Australian and New Zealand patent and design applications. He holds a Masters of US Drafting from the IPTA Academy of Education, and a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Queensland. He is a fellow of the Institute of Patent and Trademark Attorneys of Australia, and is a qualified Australian and New Zealand Patent Attorney.