International Patent Consulting; formerly (1) Judge, German Federal Patent Court; (2) Head of Legal Division, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO); and (3) Director of the Office of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) at WIPO
I first met Malcolm after my retirement as a judge of the German Federal Patent Court (Bundespatentgericht). Malcolm later invited me to become Of Counsel to his firm, drawing mainly on my earlier experience as Head of the PCT Legal Division of the World Intellectual Property Organization and as the Director of the Office of the Patent Cooperation Treaty.
Malcolm is an individual of vision and great energy. During his period as CEO of Avidity IP, he impressed me with his initiative for a major change to create a modernized organization with a very different shape and feel to normal firms of IP lawyers. Malcolm was behind important initiatives for significantly elevating the importance of both service standards and on-going IP education, as well as pioneering an in-house training model for students newly entering the world of IP practice as a career.
In my visits to the firm, it was my observation that Malcolm’s energy and positive attitude to these challenges were noticeably reflected in the personality of the organization, especially amongst employees in supporting roles.
November 14, 2013; Busso worked directly with Malcolm in Busso’s capacity as a Distinguished Consultant to Malcolm’s company
Busso Bartels, International Patent Consulting; formerly Judge, German Federal Patent Court; Head, Legal Division, World Intellectual Property Organization November 14, 2013