Chris Baxter is a founder of 5 professional services firms and a co-founder of 4 technology companies – all of which share one thing in common - they are highly innovative in their particular field. From his first part-time business partnership at the age of 22, Chris’ driving passion has been and remains backing entrepreneurs to excel in creating innovative business offerings to disrupt markets.
In 2007, Chris founded Baxter IP Patent Attorneys. At that time, when Australian innovators approached patent attorney firms, what they would get was purely patent attorney services, a far cry from what was really required to help the entrepreneur succeed commercially. So, at the age of 25, after working for 2 large patent attorney firms and as an in-house patent attorney at ResMed Inc., Chris begun to formulate a business architecture where intellectual property attorney services were augmented by an interconnected commercial and development service offering, to give innovators what was really in their best commercial interests.
The architecture Chris introduced to the Australian market was a patent attorney firm, commercialisation consultancy, industrial design firm and software and hardware development company with links to capital markets partners; all working in unison to push innovation along the path from IP protection to cashflow to exit.
FastCircle is a community of closely collaborating independent companies,
which offer guidance throughout the entire commercialisation process, taking
your idea all the way from concept, to patent protection, IP valuation, product or
software development, capital raising, commercial execution then on to market
or exit transaction. If matters become contentious, we have an experienced and
pragmatic negotiation and legal enforcement team with a strong track record
of successful outcomes in oppositions before IP Australia and litigation in the
Federal Court. This means that we can approach your IP from every angle,
bringing together our legal, technical, financial and commercial understanding
of your intellectual property to the benefit of your business.
AR, Social Media, Digital Entertainment, Software & Hardware Development
IP Attorney, Commercialisation Advisory
Beverages and other various products
Chris has an international network of friends working in capital markets who come to him for access to high value, early stage opportunities. Whilst he does not offer any capital raising service, he already has a track record of 4 successful introductions to his portfolio that have resulted in capital being raised.
Chris is a Fellow of The Institute of Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA), a registered New Zealand patent attorney and a Member of:
In 2012, Chris was selected by Macquarie University as the patent attorney to handle protection of their medical device related technologies. Chris’s innovative approach to business was recognised in 2011 in the 30 under 30′s Anthill awards for entrepreneurs.
Chris has a Masters Degree in Industrial Property from the University of Technology, Sydney during which he received the award for 1st place in Trade Mark Law and received 1st Class Honours and the Thesis Prize in Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Sydney.
Chris has extensive experience in commercialising intellectual property and international intellectual property law. He is interviewed in newspapers and business magazines, on television (CNBC & Bloomberg), radio (2UE) and presents to firms around the world on comparative national patent law.
Chris is closely involved in Philanthropy Australia’s NewGens program which brings together first, second and third generations of families that advise a family philanthropic foundation. 64 years ago, John Percy Hamilton Baxter, Chris’ great-grandfather showed how business enterprise can be used to help people in need when, after a highly successful business career, he founded one of Australia’s largest family charitable trusts to help the poor and disadvantaged of our community - The Percy Baxter Charitable Trust. Following in his footsteps, Chris, and other Baxter family members, help manage the charitable trust and are involved in other organisations they believe in.
Chris is interested in reviewing seed level investment opportunities where at least 5 of the 6 criteria below are satisfied: