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With almost 20 years’ international experience in the global innovation system, Elisabeth Opie has worked on a diverse range of technology-related matters involving industry, funding entities, governments, and research organisations.
Elisabeth is the founder of a law office based in Munich and is an independent International Technology Lawyer, undertaking international policy work, negotiation of commercial transactions and dispute resolution with a strong IP focus. A significant portion of this work is related to standardization and standard essential patents.
Prior to this, Elisabeth was the inaugural Global Research Alliance Fellow, focusing on the area of international investment in science and technology. Elisabeth holds a Master of Laws (International Trade/Intellectual Property/Competition Law) and a Master of Commercial Law. She has previously held the positions of Deputy General Counsel, Acting General Counsel and Board Executive Secretary of the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO, known for the wifi patents).
Over the past 18 years, Elisabeth has also undertaken voluntary work with the United Nations Commission for International Trade Law and has held Board roles for organisations focusing on international trade and international commercial arbitration. She has lectured at Humboldt University, Monash University and Deakin University on international negotiation, mediation and arbitration, intellectual property law, and international commercial law subjects.
Elisabeth is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has received a number of awards, including a Strategic Excellence Award in 2008, Business Excellence Awards in 2002 and 2005, and in 2003 was the Australian Young Corporate Lawyer of the Year.