David is a highly accomplished professional services leader, a qualified mechanical engineer, and an experienced patent and trade mark attorney. With more than 30 years’ experience working in intellectual property across Australia, North America, and Europe, David brings a unique combination of leadership, IP knowledge, and commercial skills to the Managing Director role of Spruson & Ferguson Australia.
David has an impressive track record of leading, growing, and developing IP businesses. Prior to joining Spruson & Ferguson, he held the position of Managing Director, ANZ at CPA Global, a leading global provider of IP administrative services and software, where he helped maintain CPA’s dominant position in the market, bolstering customer retention, improving internal efficiencies, and transitioning internal and external stakeholders to digital.
David has a track record of founding and scaling successful, high-growth tech-enabled service companies. He founded several companies including a successful firm of patent and trade mark attorneys with offices throughout the UK, before establishing a top IP renewals business based in Glasgow, with jurisdictional interests in 200 countries globally. During the strategic acquisition and sale of one of his businesses, David held the position of CEO and Chair on the Board of Directors where he played a key role in integrating the companies, and delivered significant projects to realise post-deal synergies.
David is a Fellow of the Chartered institute of Patent Attorneys, UK (CIPA) and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys, UK (CITMA). He is also a Registered European Patent Attorney and a Registered European Trade Mark Attorney.