Eager and Associates
Barry is a registered Australian and New Zealand patent attorney and a principal of Eagar & Associates. He is based on the Gold Coast of Australia and has been in the patent profession since 1990. Barry has extensive local and international experience in the drafting and prosecution of patent applications for a diverse range of clients including individuals, start-ups, SMEs, and multinationals. His patent practice spans a wide range of industries, and particularly focuses on mechanical and electrical engineering, and software. He also counsels clients on enforcement strategies, litigation, and defences to infringement.
Barry holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and started his career in South Africa working with a large number of innovators in mining technology. He was admitted as a South African solicitor and patent attorney. During his time in South Africa, Barry was not only involved in patent drafting but also patent litigation and licensing, and gained invaluable experience working with innovative mining support companies fighting for an edge in what is a highly competitive industry. As a result, he has a deep understanding of the importance of strategically filed patent applications when building a global patent portfolio.
Barry regularly assists legal counsel in patent litigation. In that role, he provides expert opinions on validity of patents and patent infringement. He also carries out patent research in support of those opinions and to research technology trends that might be useful in litigation and other contentious disputes.
Barry has been a consultant and author for the CCH reporting service Australian Industrial & Intellectual Property. During that appointment, Barry authored sections of the patent commentary covering Drafting & Interpretation of Specifications and Extension of Term of Standard Patents. He also prepared head notes for patent cases published by CCH.
Barry is a CLE (Continuing Legal Education) Board member of the Section of Intellectual Property Law of the American Bar Association (ABA). He has been a regular speaker at ABA conferences covering topics including patent prosecution strategies in Australia and protection of computer-related inventions in Australia. Barry has delivered lectures at local universities on patents and their relevance to entrepreneurs. He is involved in mentoring groups and continues to be excited by enthusiastic inventors and clever products.