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Thomas is a leader in the Chinese community. In late 1990s, he acted for Chinese community in Australia to take legal action against the One Nation Party for racial discrimination and other related issues. One of the leading cases in these legal proceedings is Sue v Hill in the High Court of Australia. This decision of this case has resulted in the amendments of the Australian Constitutional law. In 2000 and 2003, the Asian Development Bank commissioned him and his team to review and rewrite the insurance law and regulatory regime of the China Insurance Regulatory Commission [Project TA 3302 China].

From 1998 to 2004 Thomas had served as a member of the Australia-China Council, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Federal Department of Australia.

In February 2008, the Asian Development Bank further commissioned Thomas to act as the sole international legal expert to review and draft legislation and rules for implementing a New Pension System for Mongolia [TA 4910 Mon].

Thomas [co-authored with Professor David Flint AM ] to publish a serial section on International Trade in Australia with emphasis on Foreign Acquisition & Takeover Act and the Foreign Investment Review Board in “Vol. 24, International Trade, Laws of Australia” 1998 and 2001, a volume with Professor David Flint, AM and Thomas as the co-volume editors.

In February 2009, The People’s Bank of China [Central Bank] appoints Thomas as the legal adviser for its Representative Office in the South Pacific based in Sydney. In addition to this prestigious appointment, Thomas has provided legal advice to the Consulate General of People’s Republic of China in Sydney since 2004.

Thomas publishes widely in Australia and China since 1978 with special emphasis on international trade, intellectual property rights and protection in China on a weekly basis. He holds several honourary professorial titles from leading universities in China and Australia. Currently he takes up the position offered by Tianjin University as the Visiting Professor of Intellectual Property to the School of Liberals and Law of the University.


Joseph is a Registered Patent Attorney in Australia and New Zealand Joseph specialises in technology such as computer hardware, electronic devices, embedded devices, telecommunication systems, software engineering, internet technologies/applications, gaming devices, mechanical devices and business methods. Joseph worked as a Patent Examiner in the Australian Patent Office where he gained significant experience in patent validity and examination procedures for both local and international patent applications.


  • Master of Industrial Property (UTS)
  • Master of Information Technology (USyd)
  • Bachelor of Science (Computing) (UTS)
  • Bachelor of Laws (UTS)
  • Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW


Mark is an IP expert with five years of professional experience dealing with some of the largest business consultancy and law firms in Australia and the world. At MGIP, Mark provides general advice in relation to IP, including the prosecution of trademarks, designs and general IP matters, which include the provision of commercial advice relating to the structure of an IP portfolio and the strategic use of IP portfolios from a financial management perspective. Prior to joining MGIP, Mark practised as a commercial lawyer in the areas of intellectual property and taxation in an internationally known accounting firm.

Outside of work, Mark is a keen outdoors man, enjoying many challenging sports and activities under the Australian sun. Although educated in Sydney, he is a proud long-term resident of the Central Coast in NSW and maintains a regular regime of traveling from The Entrance to Sydney to service clients from the Hunter region, Central Coast, Newcastle, Sydney and Overseas.

Mark is also a keen educator, having experience in the education industry. He is more than keen to educate clients on the role of IP and share his expertise in the IP and commercial law areas.

  • Bachelor of Business (UTS)
  • Bachelor of Laws (UTS)
  • Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW