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Philip's Mentoring Background

For the last 25 years of Philip's legal practice, he worked exclusively in the area of tech transfer. 

His clients were mostly universities (18) and research institutes (21), mostly in Australia but other countries as well.

With so many universities (18) and research institutes (21) which he represented for so long and with which he had such intimate relationships, he had the opportunity to observe their tech transfer processes, from which he recognised: 
  • what produced results
    • what was best practice, and 
    • strategies which worked best, and 
  • processes that were best avoided and replaced with better processes.
For the last 10 years of his practice he also consulted to universities and research institutes on tech transfer best practice and improvement.

Since retiring as a lawyer in 2015, Philip has continued to consult to universities and research institutes on tech transfer best practice and improvement.

How Mentoring Works

Mentoring means that Philip provides on-going insights and advice on a project, based on his knowledge and experience. 

He does not carry out tasks for the TTO. Instead, he will recommend strategies and tasks, and provide guidance for the TTO's staff to carry out the tasks themselves, in that way building the TTO’s skills and experience.

For example, he might provide on-going guidance to the TTO on: 
  • steps to take to assess the commercialisation prospects of a project
  • patenting strategy
  • engaging with industry
  • strategies to find a commercial partner such as a licensee
  • licensing strategy
  • formulating the financial terms and other terms of a license or other tech transfer transaction
  • negotiation strategies when negotiating a license or other tech transfer transaction
  • negotiating deal terms, as well as legal contract terms.
But it will be the TTO itself that takes those steps, not Philip, in that way building the TTO’s skills and experience.

Mentoring takes place by WhatsApp or Skype calls, and face to face meetings.

When Philip is in Australia (approx 9 months of the year) he is usually available the same day, or the next day. 

When Philip is travelling (approx 3 months of the year), he is usually available within 1 or 2 days. 

When travelling he makes the effort, when feasible, to visit the TTOs that he mentors.

Philip has mentored TTOs in this way in both Australia and Asia.