Chris Baxter ~ Bio

"There is no faster way to grow 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 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. Chris is also a very active member of Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO, Sydney Chapter).


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.


Global Surgical Solutions
Tiliter Technology
Hello Social
Hegs Pegs
PlasTech Recycling
Augmented Reality Holdings
Giving Back

When not working

Chris is closely involved in Philanthropy Australia's NewGens program which brings together first, second and third generations of families that advise a family philanthropic foundation. 64 years ago, John Percy Hamilton Baxter, Chris' great-grandfather showed how business enterprise can be used to help people in need when, after a highly successful business career, he founded one of Australia's largest family charitable trusts to help the poor and disadvantaged of our community - The Percy Baxter Charitable Trust. Following in his footsteps, Chris, and other Baxter family members, help manage the charitable trust and are involved in other organisations they believe in.

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