Lionel Scott, BSc FIPAA

Lionel Scott

Lionel has a double degree in biochemistry and neurophysiology from the University of Western Australia and was trained in IP work whilst working in-house in the plant and seeds industry with Sandoz Seeds (now Syngenta) and ICI Australia in Melbourne (now Orica) over a period of 6 years. Lionel entered private practice in 1994 with Marks & Clerk (4 years) before leaving in 1998 for wider experiences in business (licensing and negotiation) in a for-profit technology transfer company (6 years). During that period, and with the permission of his employers, he founded his first IP services company (IP Pragmatics Limited) selling his interest to his co-directors in 2005. Lionel then joined Coller IP Management, an IP services company, in 2006 (4 years) building the ‘biotech’ side of the business.

From about 2000 Lionel developed his entrepreneurial mindset devising his own inventions and exploiting them in the market place. These included lighting methodologies for use in refrigerators and in supermarkets in increasing vitamin content in harvested vegetables and reducing bacterial contamination thereon; an improved brewing process; improved refuse bags; App development; and water purification systems. The lighting technology was licensed worldwide in 2012 to Arcelik, a Turkish company that i.a. owns the Beko® brand of refrigerators.

In 2010 Lionel formed a freelance IP service before transforming it into Alpha 4IP Limited which joined forces with Schlich in early 2016. Throughout the past 30 years Lionel has maintained his professional interest in IP, most notably in patents, and from which he has derived much satisfaction.

During his career, Lionel has also handled a number of contested proceedings successfully including written oppositions before the European Patent Office, and assisted in hearings before the EPO and UKIPO as well as before the USPTO (for academic institutions).