Alex represented former CSIRO scientist, Dr Patrick Glynn, who is a world-leading renewable energy scientist and inventor, in Supreme Court of South Australia proceedings brought against him by a competitor company in relation to disputed international patents and prototypes for thermal batteries, which are an industrial scale replacement for lithium-ion batteries.
Alex’s conduct of the case showcases Alex’s strengths as a litigator for three reasons.
Firstly, the case began as an urgent injunction application against Dr Glynn, brought by Adelaide start-up tech. company, Climate Change Technologies, to restrain the alleged misuse (vigorously denied by Dr Glynn) of its intellectual property and trade secrets. Whereas Climate Change Technologies had two months to prepare its case for urgent injunctions, Dr Glynn and his legal team had only 2 days to prepare before the first urgent hearing, and one week to prepare for the second hearing. Despite these time demands, Dr Glynn was able to mount a detailed and meticulous defence to the injunctions.
Secondly, the case concerned disputed, and highly commercially-valuable, international patent applications (all invented by Dr Glynn) lodged in the U.S.A, Australia and India for thermal batteries. Just as thermal battery technology is completely novel, so were the complexities of local and international intellectual property and corporations law used by Dr Glynn’s legal team to mount his defence.
Thirdly, the case highlights Alex’s commitment to his clients to deliver commercially astute outcomes, while minimising as far as possible time and money spent in the Court room. The case never proceeded to a trial but was settled after extensive negotiations in a way that successfully resolved the parties’ differences, and, most importantly, leaves Dr Glynn free to pursue valuable commercial opportunities for the ongoing development of his thermal battery technology.