With his diverse client base, Manuel enjoys the contrast between different client needs. Working with Universities, such as the University of Sydney, and other research organisations, such as National ICT Australia, he enjoys cracking difficult technical inventions and presenting them in patent applications in an understandable way. His benchmark is that an investor should be able to understand what the invention is about by reading the patent application.
On the other hand, Manuel likes to take on the challenge of guiding executives of Australian SMEs who want to enter the patent game and formalise the IP in their products, only being satisfied when his client gets the best possible outcome. He enjoys explaining the many possible options offered by the international patent system and helping the client select the best one to fit their business plan.
Graduating with a PhD in microelectronics engineering from the Technische Universität München (TUM), his research topic was statistical timing analysis of digital, integrated circuits. He has a strong focus on mathematical theory, software engineering, and semiconductor technology.
At the TUM, Manuel acquired experience in business planning and technology-driven start-up management at the Center for Digital Technology and Management. From 2003 to 2008 he worked as an Assistant Professor managing both research and teaching and leading tutorials. He has also taught at the German Institute for Science and Technology in Singapore.
Manuel has published extensively in industry journals worldwide, with his most recent publication Digital Design at a Crossroads: How to make Statistical Design Methodologies Industrially Relevant in 2009.
Manuel joined FB Rice in 2010 and is a Senior Associate in the Sydney ICT team.
Manuel is a registered Australian Patent Attorney.