Chris is a Consultant with FB Rice, having been a Partner of the firm for more than 25 years. He has over 30 years’ experience protecting inventions in the fields of electrical and mechanical engineering, with particular interest in silicon device fabrication, photovoltaics, analog and digital electronics, IT, industrial process and control, image processing, mineral exploration instrumentation and mechanical mining and processing systems.
Chris has a keen interest in fostering the culture of strong client relationships and he leads by example, with several collaborations with clients extending over 25 years. Chris works with a diverse group of clients ranging from large multi-national corporations through to individual inventors and prides himself on deep relationships with each.
Managing IP's 2011 annual survey of IP firms included the following statement about Chris:
'In Sydney, Chris Owens and his team look after the filing of the majority of University of New South Wales' patents on photovoltaic engineering.'
Before joining FB Rice, Chris worked in areas of industry related to his specialties. This industry experience enables him to really appreciate an engineer’s perspective and get to the root of an invention, rather than simply protect the embodiment of a broader concept.
He has extensive experience in the drafting of original patent specifications and filing and prosecution of patent applications in US and Europe for both US and Australian clients.
Chris has a very strong global network of clients and contacts. He has a particular interest in the Asia Pacific region, and has travelled extensively over many years, particularly in Japan and Korea.
Chris is a registered Australian Patent and Trade Marks Attorney.