Barry is passionate about the outdoors having flown premier hang gliding sites off the east coast of Australia during his university years; hiked the Walls of Jerusalem National Park [Tasmanian’s only remote alpine National Park]; cycled the South Island of New Zealand; hiked from the Friendship Highway in Tibet to Mt Everest Base Camp [north side]; travelled overland from Nairobi through the Masai Mara to Zanzibar, canoed the Upper Zambezi River above Victoria Falls thankfully avoiding the various hippopotamus and crocodiles that make it their home, and eventually made it to Harare. Still journeying for snow sports, and in search of remote fishing spots but with more creature comforts.
Barry’s “suited” persona is the partner responsible for the Intellectual Property practice, Information Technology and e-Commerce Practice of boutique law firm SKYS – www.law.com.hk . He grew into this role following his Arts and Law degrees from the University of New South Wales, Sydney [Australia] and his admissions to the rolls of solicitors in New South Wales, and the Federal Court of Australia, England and Wales, as well as in Hong Kong where he has practiced for over 20 years.
Barry has been an active contributor of articles to leading professional intellectual property publications such as International Corporate Law, Trademark World, Revue du Droit de la Propriete Intellectuelle, Trademark Yearbook, as well as Trade Marks: World Law and Practice.
Barry also participates in conferences and seminars on intellectual property aimed at broadening understanding of intellectual property laws and practice. Barry has presented papers in Hong Kong and around the Asia Pacific Region Rim on a wide range of topics including the acquisition, commercialization and enforcement of intellectual property rights. These have included speaking engagements at various events entitled: Asian Trade Mark Summit (1996 – Hong Kong), IP protection in the PRC (1997), Intellectual Property Rights Protection in China (1998), Evaluating and Protecting Intellectual Property Rights in PRC (1999 – Beijing, China), e-Commerce Regulation (Presenter and conference Chairperson, 2000 – Hong Kong ), the eLaw Asia Pacific Conference 2000, the “Trademarks in Cyberspace Forum 2005″ in Vancouver in Oct. 2005, the “Trading Ideas Symposium” in Sydney (Australia) in Jan. 2007 organized by Intellectual Property Australia, the APEC Workshop in Nha Trang Vietnam in July 2007, the International Trademark Association’s 132nd Annual Meeting in Boston (USA) May 2010 and also the 134th Annual Meeting in Washington DC (USA) May 2012, the most recently HK Department of Justice’s and Intellectual Property Department’s seminar on Mediation in 2016.
Barry has been professionally recognized by his inclusion in the Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Trade Mark Law, Hong Kong WHO’s WHO of the Law, AsiaLaw-Leading Lawyers – The Definitive Guide to Asia ‘s Leading Lawyers, AsiaLaw’s list of “Leading Lawyers”, the Leading Lawyers Survey conducted by Asia Law & Practice, and also by Corporate International Lawyer.
From 2007 to 2009 Barry was the President of the Hong Kong Institute of Trade Mark Practitioners (HKITMP). In this capacity Barry has been closely involved in approaching policy makers and government officials on necessary amendments to the Companies Ordinance to protect brand names, filing submissions on possible amendments to the Copyright Ordinance to address the challenges created by the digital revolution as well as making oral submissions to the Bills Committee of the Legislative Council on possible changes to the Sale of Goods Ordinance.
Barry remains as a Council member of the HKITMP and an active participant in sub-committees.
Barry has also been a longstanding member of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association and participated as a member of the Trade marks Committee.
More about Barry’s professional qualifications can be seen at www.ipr.hk