Chris Baxter ~ Bio

"There is no surer way to create jobs and wealth
than by the commercialisation of new ideas anchored
on a strong intellectual property foundation."

Long Story Short

Chris Baxter

Chris Baxter is a founder of 6 professional services firms and a co-founder of 7 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 helping technology companies establish a firm intellectual property foundation and backing entrepreneurs with the connections they need to take innovative products to market.

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 ecosystem of commercial and development service offerings, to give innovators much more than just intellectual property protection.

The architecture Chris created was a patent attorney firm, law firm, commercialisation consultancy, industrial design firm and software and hardware development company working together in an integration fashion for common clients. This architecture is now called the FastCircle Innovation Ecosystem. By working with an integrated innovation A-team clients experience much faster, more informed decision making and better introductions to potential commercial and capital partners.

Chris is a Fellow of The Institute of Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA) and a registered Australian and New Zealand patent attorney. 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. In 2019, Chris was awarded “Leading Specialist Patent and Trademark Attorney of the Year for Australia for 2019” by the Acquisition International Leading Advisers Awards.

Chris is a member of the board of Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO, Sydney Chapter) Accelerator. The EO Accelerator is the largest start-up accelerator program in the world with 1556 current participants across 67 programs.

Chris and Baxter IP enjoy a close working relationship with the UNSW Division of Enterprise. In 2019, Chris became a benefactor of the UNSW Founder’s Program making a significant donation to the Founder’s Fund to support the new Entrepreneur’s PhD Pathway Program. Baxter IP has been providing in-depth, pro-bono IP advice to their 10X and Health 10X cohorts since 2018.


FastCircle® is a community of closely collaborating independent companies, which offer guidance throughout the entire commercialisation process, advising you all the way from concept development, 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 litigation 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.


Tiliter Technology
Global Surgical Solutions
Hello Social
Future Proof
Galileo Ventures
Fresh Equities
ischemic injury protective jacket
PlasTech Recycling
Augmented Reality Holdings

Investment Networks

Eleanor Venture
Giving Back

When not working

Chris enjoys getting out of the city to explore the outdoors with his wife Qiqi and children, Lily and John. Chris also has a keen interest in modern history and philosophy and has made daily meditation a key part of his routine.

64 years ago, John Percy Hamilton Baxter, Chris' great-grandfather showed how business enterprise can be used to help people in need. After a highly successful business career, he and his wife, Hilda, founded two of Australia's larger family charitable trusts to help the poor and disadvantaged (The Percy Baxter Charitable Trust). Chris is an adviser to these trusts.

Contact Me

Chris is interested in reviewing seed level investment opportunities where at least 5 of the 6 criteria below are satisfied:

  • The opportunity is at a start-up or very early stage
  • A business is being built, not just IP
  • There is revenue
  • An external investment has already been received
  • The company is domiciled in Australia
  • The technology or product is industry disruptive