Dr Anton Hughes, Barrister, Maurice Byers Chambers, Sydney
After graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Systems in 1996, Anton worked as a programmer at a publicly listed telecommunications company, and in the mobile communications division of NEC Australia, before setting up his own consulting firm, developing web-based remote access solutions for educational institutions.
Anton graduated with a Bachelor of Laws with Honours in 2004. Having developed an interest in intellectual property over the course of his studies, he enrolled in a PhD, researching the patentability of software. He was awarded his PhD in 2012.
Anton was admitted as a lawyer in 2009. Since then, he has taken every opportunity to follow his dream of being an intellectual property barrister. He worked as Associate to Justice Porter of the Supreme Court of Tasmania from 2009 to 2011. He then worked for Legal Aid in Hobart and Sydney, in order to work on his advocacy skills.
Anton was called to the bar in 2013. One of his earliest cases involved appearing for the Commissioner in Research Affiliates v Commissioner of Patents, which remains one of the leading cases on the patentability of alleged inventions in Australia.