Top Tier Experience

Benefit from 15+ years of experience at a top-tier law firm and blue chip organisations, working with global companies, national icons, growing SMEs and start-ups.

Commercial Approach

Take advantage of advice and assistance on your contracts and IP rights that are focused on practical outcomes, aligned with your business goals.

Value Focus

Low overheads and a flexible, efficient and collaborative approach means your financial investment is geared towards value and expert opinion.


David Chin is a Commercial and IP Lawyer with a specialty in securing, managing, commercialising and enforcing IP.

Having experience in industry and working with a diverse range of clients, David understands the value of providing you with commercially astute advice and legal assistance, and adopting a flexible approach to suit your style and needs.


David's passion as a lawyer stems from always learning from his work, clients, colleagues and peers.

David obtained a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Science (Honours) from Monash University in 2003.  David majored in pharmacology and his honours research at Monash Medical Centre focused on uterine fibroids.

David obtained a Master of Laws from The University of Melbourne in 2010, focusing on Patent Law, Patent Practice, Interpretation & Validity of Patent Specifications, Trade Mark Law, Trade Mark Practice, Designs Law, International Issues in Intellectual Property, and Licensing Law and Technology Transfer.


David's private practice experience began at a top tier law firm, Blake Dawson, now Ashurst (2005-2011). David was also a Principal of national IP specialist firm Wrays (2014-2016).

David's industry experience includes general commercial law at Australian Pharmaceutical Industries, known for its Priceline franchises (2007-2008), research and commercialisation at The University of Melbourne (2011-2014) and general commercial law at Penguin Random House.


David has worked with global companies and large Australian organisations, through to Australian start-ups and individual designers/inventors.

David’s experience spans across a broad range of clients and industries, including:

  • inventors and established technology organisations in life sciences, IT, engineering and physical sciences
  • start-ups eg, P2P, fintech, medtech, retail tech, social tech and 3D printing
  • manufacturers and suppliers of fast-moving consumer goods
  • designers and design consultants eg, industrial design, graphic design, interior design and architects
  • creative consultants eg, creative, brand and PR agencies
  • creative artists eg, writers and illustrators


  • Fabian Lim
    Fabian Lim, Technology Licensing Officer, The University of MelbourneDavid has been very responsive to our needs and has been highly professional in ambiguous situations. His advice and expertise has been extremely valuable, and is particularly thorough in considering legal implications. I would highly recommend David for your IP legal needs.
  • Andrew Rudge
    Andrew Rudge, Senior Business Development Manager, Technology Commercialisation, University of Melbourne Commercial LtdDavid is an experienced IP & Commercial lawyer with excellent judgement. He provides quality advice, guidance and practical solutions. He is a clear communicator and values relationships.
  • Greg Pullen
    Greg Pullen, Senior Commercial Manager, Deakin UniversityDavid was great to work with - very co-operative and knowledgeable, and also provided rapid turnaround on projects. Highly recommended.
  • Jason Coonan
    Jason Coonan, Head of Business Development, Young and Well Cooperative Research CentreI had the pleasure of working with David over a number of years and found him to be a very capable lawyer who is focused on providing prompt and commercially-focused advice in order to facilitate positive outcomes for the people and organisations he is working with.
  • Christophe Demaison
    Christophe Demaison, CEO, Innavac Pty LtdDavid and I worked on a number of IP transactions at the University of Melbourne. David has an in-depth understanding of IP related legal issues which makes him a great asset in any negotiation with commercial partners. Importantly his pragmatic approach and understanding of commercial needs puts him in an ideal position to find solutions for getting the deal done. I have no hesitation in recommending David.
  • Tiffany Boughtwood
    Tiffany Boughtwood, Program Manager, The Australian Genomics Health AllianceDavid was a pleasure to work with, and provided advice on a number of our commercial and development programs at the University of Melbourne. He brings to the table intellectual rigour, creative solutions and an appreciation of time sensitivity. A good man, and a fine colleague - his departure is a loss to The University, and I will certainly seek him out for future projects.
  • Michael Jorgensen
    Michael Jorgensen, Manager, Technology Licensing Services, The University of MelbourneDavid has advised the Technology Licensing Services team at the University of Melbourne on a range of intellectual property and commercial matters. We have found him to be very approachable and quickly response to instructions and accordingly his services have been greatly valued. Particularly we were very impressed with David’s willingness to work collaboratively with the Licensing team where he showed great expertise in advising us on intellectual property and licensing matters.
  • Jenny Lackovic
    Jenny Lackovic, Business Development Manager, Melbourne HealthI had the pleasure of working with David at the University of Melbourne on several IP licensing contracts and other commercial matters. David is highly professional, solution-focused, and very proactive and collaborative in his approach. His strong ability to understand and balance the needs of industry has been a real asset in negotiating and closing licence transactions with commercial partners. I highly recommend David.
  • Simon Wilkins
    Simon Wilkins, Senior Program Manager, Carlton ConnectDavid provided me with invaluable legal guidance on a number of technology transfer projects while I worked for Melbourne Ventures (the University of Melbourne's TTO). David consistently demonstrated a client-oriented attitude, technical and legal mastery and the uncanny ability to make the impossible possible. It is therefore a considerable gain for the broader innovation community (and the University's loss), that he has returned to the private sector. I wish him all the best.

What would you like help with?

Contract Advice & Negotiation

Received a contract for goods, services or funding? Let David help you understand your obligations and risk exposure, and negotiate terms aligned with your expectations.

Contract Preparation

Want contracts to reflect your relationship with customers, suppliers, partners or investors? Let David equip you with agreements tailored to your requirements.

Startup Setup & Advice

Turning your idea into a business? Let David advise on strategy and set you up with contracts you need between shareholders/founders, partners, suppliers and customers.

Secure & Commercialise IP Rights

Got an idea for a product, service or brand that you would like to protect and commercialise? Let David help you understand your options in Australia and overseas, taking into account your budget and commercial goals.

IP Enforcement

Spotted a competitor copying your idea? Let David help you understand your legal position and options, and take action in line with your commercial goals.

IP Clearance

Wanting to minimise the risk of infringing IP rights? Let David help you clear the way by testing the scope of protection and exploring options to further your commercial goals.

Value Focused

A focus on value drives the need to reduce internal overheads and adopt an efficient, flexible and collaborative approach with legal advice and assistance.

Fixed-Fee Certainty

Based on experience with similar matters, fixed-fees can be quoted for almost all scope of work.

Low Overheads

A focus on low overheads means your business is not subsidising expensive infrastructure and operating costs.

Concise Advice

Rarely would your business need a 15-page legal memo. Your advice is delivered in the way that suits you best: in person, phone and/or email.

Commercial Perspective

Let's discuss how your legal rights play out in the real world, taking into account your budget and commercial goals, and what makes financial sense.

Specialist Advice

David only practises in his areas of expertise so your business is not paying for training time.

Collaborative Approach

Working with clients who are hands-on not only helps build relationships, a collaborative approach also drives cost-effective outcomes.
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