Our Company

At Billtrader we hate the phrase "it's just business". For us, business is personal.

Our DNA

In 1969 Computer Patent Annuities was founded by a group of patent attorneys who sought a better solution for paying patent annuities. Today CPA Global is a billion-dollar company and the largest IP services company in the world.

Billtrader has a similar DNA - sick of paying tens of thousands of dollars a year in fees to wire funds to their patent colleagues around the globe, a group of patent attorneys got together to figure out a better solution. That solution was Billtrader.

To date we've received $4.2 million of investment from over 50 patent attorneys from seven of the world’s top patent firms across four continents. With such broad support for the Billtrader concept we have great confidence in the future of the business.

Our Board

Nigel Jennings

Chairman

Nigel Jennings is a truly international patent attorney. Having been a Partner of Kilburn & Strode, one of Europe's leading patent attorney firms, for over 30 years, and an avid traveller, there are few people in the industry who don't know Nigel. Managing IP magazine recognised Nigel as an 'IP Star' for Trade Marks in their 2014 and 2016 IP Stars guide. Nigel has also been acknowledged in The Client Choice Awards 2015 for his UK patent work, amongst many other accolades.

When he heard about Billtrader, Nigel said "that's precisely the same idea I had ten years ago" and, recognising that Billtrader represented a clear solution to a long-felt industry need, Nigel immediately accepted our invitation to become Chairman of the Billtrader Board. We are delighted to have Nigel's very able assistance in shaping Billtrader's global expansion strategy.

Nigel has an Honours Degree in Engineering from Cambridge, is a European Patent and Trade Mark Attorney, a former Chartered UK Patent and Trade Mark Attorney and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys, The Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office, the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys and many others.

Justin Simpson

CEO and Executive Director

Billtrader's Chief Executive Officer is Justin Simpson, an Australian Patent Attorney and true IP entrepreneur. Before starting Billtrader, he founded inovia, an online patent filing company he built to be the largest foreign patent filer in the world (Managing IP Magazine, PCT Survey 2014-2015) and then sold to a listed UK company for US$29.1 million. Prior to inovia, Justin worked as a software-specialist patent attorney for Allens Linklaters and Shelston IP. He has also worked in-house as patent counsel for Kia Silverbrook, the most prolific inventor of all time.

Justin has degrees in Science and Law from Sydney University, is a registered Australian Patent and Trade Marks Attorney and is listed as an inventor on over 50 patents and patent applications.

David Madigan

Non-Executive Director

David Madigan is the Executive General Manager of Griffith Hack, one of Australia's largest and most respected patent attorney firms. Prior to his appointment as EGM he was Griffith Hack's Chief Financial Officer for 13 years. In this role, he brought Griffith Hack's international currency strategy to a level of sophistication that was well-ahead of industry norms. When introduced to the Billtrader concept he immediately recognised that it had the potential to take Griffith Hack's management of currency issues to a whole new level and we are delighted to have his wisdom, vision and experience on the Billtrader board.

David holds a Batchelor of Business (Accounting) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and is a member of CPA Australia. He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Our Investors

Over 50 partners/principals from the following patent firms have together contributed over $4.2m of investment to Billtrader. We are very thankful for their role in helping to bring Billtrader's revolutionary invoice trading platform to the world. If you'd like to join this rapidly growing list of innovative patent attorneys, please get in touch via our contact page:
Griffith Hack is a large Australian patent attorney firm with offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane. Their motto: We know IP.
AFD China is a large Chinese patent attorney firm with offices in Beijing and the USA and was ranked number 11 in the world in Managing IP Magazine’s 2015 PCT survey.
Watermark is a large Australian patent attorney firm with offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.
Shelston IP is one of the oldest patent firms in Australia with a history dating back to 1859 and are listed on the ASX. Their motto: Mind to market
Papula Nevinpat is one of the largest patent firms in Finland with branch offices throughout the country as well as four offices in Eurasia and one in Munich. They serve hundreds of clients from startups to global Fortune 500 companies around the world.
Borden Ladner Gervais is a leading Canadian patent attorney firm with over 700 lawyers in their Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal offices. They boast some of the best, most experienced and successful legal minds in Canada.

Our Team

Ben Coombes

Chief Operating Officer

Ben has worked extensively with fast-growing businesses, specialising in Operations by delivering best-practice solutions in HR, finance, IT and customer delivery. As one of the early team members at inovia, the world-leading patent filing platform, Ben helped establish and run the business back-end, overseas growth and integration into new parent company RWS following the sale of the business. He is a Non-Executive Director at PractiFI, a business management platform for financial advice and superannuation with clients across Australia, USA and Europe. Ben is excited to be joining Billtrader and bringing together his interests in IP and Fintech.

Ben holds a Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering from the University of Technology, Sydney, and earned his IP stripes from a stint as a Patent Examiner at IP Australia many moons ago.

Wolfgang Danner

Director, Global Business Development

Wolfgang Danner is the Director, Global Business Development, of Billtrader Pty Ltd (www.billtrader.com), and is based in Munich. Prior to joining Billtrader, Wolfgang has worked for over 20 years in senior sales roles for such industry giants as CPA Global (Senior Account Manager), Dennemeyer (Global Head of Sales), IPAN (Global Head of Sales), inovia (Head of European Sales) and Practice Insight (General Manager). Wolfgang will be attending the AIPPI and PTMG conferences this year and can be contacted at [email protected] or +49 170 386 8857

Jackie Taylor

UK Business Development Manager

In the UK, Jackie Taylor has been heading up our UK business development since 2017. Jackie has previously had significant IP experience whilst working for inovia for six years up to 2013, working with both patent attorney firms and corporate IP departments. Prior to inovia, Jackie was involved with software sales for Reuters and with financial sales for Lombard North Central. Jackie will be attending the London IP Summit in October 2018 and can be contacted on [email protected] or +44 7502 861 005

Brooke Rosenstein

North American Business Development Manager

Based in New Jersey, Brooke Rosenstein heads up our North American business development. Brooke has previously had significant experience with IP practitioners whilst working in inovia's New York office for many years. Prior to inovia, Brooke worked as a Legislative Director on Capitol Hill, wheeling and dealing with the best of them. Brooke will be attending the AIPLA conference in Washington, DC this year and can be contacted at [email protected] or +1 908 264 8313

Nigel Baker

Senior Manager, Finance

Nigel holds a Bachelor Commerce, is a Chartered Accountant, Certified Financial Planner, Registered Tax Agent and Director of Australian Financial Services Licence Pooled Funds Pty Ltd.

He has 20 years experience in accounting, banking and financial advice and for the previous 6 years has owned and run his own practice and independent AFSL.

Prior to starting Arch Capital he was a Partner of large ASX listed accounting group for 9 years. He was the head of the Sydney wealth management division for that company. This role included being on the executive management team of the national financial advice Group with 120 financial advisers and $9bn funds under management. He was also part of the executive team managing the Sydney practice with annual revenue of $50m.

He Founded Arch Capital in July 2012, which now manages appx $150m of client funds along with the tax and SMSF business.

He is also very active in his local community, currently standing as the President of Newport Junior Rugby Club (volunteer role).

Financial Services Licence

For extra peace of mind we've gone through the scrutiny needed to get a Financial Services Licence (AFSL No 489902) from ASIC (the Australian Securities and Investments Commission), one of the toughest regulatory bodies in the world, and are registered with AUSTRAC (Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre), the anti-money laundering agency. The IP business is a trust business. We look forward to earning your trust.

The Billtrader Group

The Billtrader Group has subsidiaries/branches in Australia, the UK, the USA, Canada, Singapore, Europe, Hong Kong, Japan and India. It's one of the ways we can keep those pesky bank fees so low.
All of the details of the Billtrader Group companies appear on our Contact page.
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