Sean joined the IPO as a patent examiner in 1978. In addition to a series of leadership roles, he has had experience of domestic policy development and international negotiation. As a tribunal Hearing Officer, he has decided patent disputes as an alternative or prelude to litigation in the High Court.
Previous roles in government
Deputy Chief Executive, IPO
- 2017 to 2018
Acting Chief Executive and Comptroller General, IPO
- 2016 to 2017