I'm a specialist in the structuring and negotiation of patent licences and contracts for the commercialization of technologies. I also advise founders of, and investors in, technology ventures. I'm one of only a handful of Australian lawyers to have met Certified Licensing Professional requirements. I'm recognised as an 'IP Star' by Managing Intellectual Property, and since 2010 I've been ranked as Australia's highest recommended IP licensing lawyer. MIP writes:
“Rob McInnes focuses on licensing and garners praise from a number of clients. “In all of my years of dealing with attorneys throughout the world, Rob McInnes has been the most responsive and efficient. He is tremendous,” says one. McInnes’ style is admired. “Rob is a highly professional and likable lawyer,” says another client.” - and - "Rob combines intense legal and client focus with a completely collegial and easy-to-interact-with demeanour. His response time is excellent, as is his quality,"
In the words of Intellectual Asset Management magazine's World's Leading Patent & Technology Licensing Lawyers and Patent 1000: "DibbsBarker’s pre-eminent Robert B McInnes is distinguished by his precise specialism in patent licensing and his negotiation of top-of the- line deals" - and - “Commercial savvy ... is particularly evident in the leadership of Robert McInnes, a big name on the licensing and transactional side who provides “seemingly effortless and clairvoyant” guidance to start-ups, multinationals and research institutions.” Having gained experience both as a lawyer in private practice and as an in-house manager of IP and technology transfer, my preferred role is as a close adviser to management in research organizations and technology-based ventures. I like to help managers make business decisions and negotiate assertively to achieve favourable outcomes; I'm not just an arm's length technical adviser.