Lawyer Monthly - Legal Awards 2021

116 About John Francis McCann John holds a BSc (Hons 1) in chemistry and a PhD in electrochemistry. His PhD thesis was entitled “Photoelectrochemical Water-splitting at Semiconductor Electrodes” and involved research that encompassed a number of scientific areas, namely chemistry, electrochemistry, physics and solar cell technology. He also completed a course in quantum chemistry at the University of Uppsala, Sweden. John worked for 3 years as a Research scientist at Abbott Australasia following his Bachelor’s degree, and, following his PhD, worked as a Research Associate for 3 years in the Department of Physics at the University of New South Wales. Since then, John has collaborated with Professor Maria Skyllas Kazacos and some of her colleagues at the University of New South Wales from time to time. During this time John co-authored circa 30 scientific publications. John subsequently joined Spruson & Ferguson, a large firm of patent and trade mark attorneys located in Sydney, in 1982 and was a principal of that firm from 1988 to 2010. From 1995 to 2000 John was an examiner for the Professional Standards Board for Patent and Trade Marks Attorneys, as it then was, in the subjects of Patent Law and Patent Attorney’s Practice in the examinations for registration as a patent attorney. In 2000 and 2001, John was a casual lecturer in the Law Faculty at the University of Technology Sydney, (UTS) lecturing in the UTS subject “Professional Conduct (IP)”. John re-joined UTS initially as a casual lecturer in the UTS Master of Intellectual Property program in 2013 and later as the lead lecturer (2014-2018) in three IP subjects, namely, “Interpretation and Validity of Patent Specifications”, “Drafting of Patent Specifications” and “Patent Systems”. John is a Registered Australian Patent Attorney, a Registered Australian Trade Marks Attorney and a fellow of the Institute of Patent and Trade Marks Attorneys Australia (all since 1988) and a Registered New Zealand Patent Attorney. John has extensive experience in providing patent validity and enforcement opinions to Australian and international clients, conducting patent prosecution before the Australian and New Zealand Patent Offices, as well as assisting attorneys in other countries (including the US, Europe and Japan) conduct patent prosecution before their respective Patent Offices in respect of Australian originating patent applications. He has assisted legal teams in patent litigation before the Australian Courts and has run, or been involved, in numerous patent oppositions primarily in the chemical, physics and biotechnological fields before the Australian Patent Office. John is a director, company secretary and the majority shareholder of Zantran Pty Ltd. From 2017 to 2022 he was the principal witness for Zantran Pty Ltd, the lead applicant in a class action against Crown Resorts Ltd before the Federal Court of Australia. The class action is in the process of being settled in favour of Zantran Pty Ltd and the other class members. John Francis McCann Tel: +61 488 779 624 Email: Contact John McCann John Francis McCann Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year LAWYER MONTHLY LEGAL AWARDS 2021 AUSTRALIA

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