Russell is the Managing Director of Spruson & Ferguson (Australia).
Prior to joining Spruson & Ferguson in August 2020 as Managing Director, Russell held the position of Executive General Manager of another leading Australian IP firm. He has held a number of senior leadership and management positions since 2008 and was previously an Executive Director at Xenith IP.
Russell has around 30 years of experience in the intellectual property field in Australia and is a registered Patent and Trade Mark Attorney in Australia and New Zealand. He has acted for many well-known international and Australian companies and research organisations.
Russell’s extensive patent and design experience includes drafting of patent specifications, prosecution of patent and design applications both before the Australian Patent Office and in foreign jurisdictions, handling of opposition and contentious matters, as well as provision of advice with regards to validity and infringement of patent and design rights. He also provides high level IP portfolio management and commercialisation advice.
Prior to joining the patent profession, Russell worked in the mining industry as a mechanical engineer. During this time, he worked both in the engineering design office of a mining company and at a variety of mine sites, acquiring a wide experience in mining engineering and the design of equipment used in this industry. Drawing on his background and work experience, Russell has a sound knowledge of mining and mineral processing technologies and has acted for a number of companies and research organisations in the mining industry.
In addition, Russell has represented clients in a diverse array of industries, including those in the automotive, renewable and green technology, manufacturing, and heating/ventilation and air conditioning sectors. He has also acted for one of Australia’s leading gaming companies.
Russell is a Fellow of the Institute of Patent and Trade Marks Attorneys of Australia.
Russell is also a member of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA), the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ), and the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI).