Jeff Bergmann, LLM, BSc, CLP – Director
With over 20 years’ experience gained through roles in industry, large and boutique private practice, and more recently since establishing Solubility in May 2007, Jeff specialises in assisting creative clients in IP commercialisation transactions. He has acted on all types of IP commercialisation transactions (including licence agreements (in- and out-licensing), venture capital investment documentation (subscription and shareholder agreements, convertible note deeds and constitutions), manufacturing, supply and distribution agreements, clinical trial and research agreements, business sales and joint venture agreements) and covering the spectrum of IP commercialisation, from multinational and large corporations through to investee companies of venture capital clients, individual clients and clients in the academic and not-for-profit sectors.
He is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) and has been a member of the Licensing Executives Society ANZ (LESANZ) since 2001 and has held various offices in LESANZ since 2008, including as Secretary from 2013-2015. In addition to delivering presentations on IP and licensing to various clients, organisations, institutions and firms, he also pioneered the inaugural LESANZ Licensing Year in Review seminar in 2012, and has continued to present it each year since. Jeff has been has been the invited guest lecturer on Patents and Know How Licensing in the post-graduate subject of Licensing Law at The University of Melbourne since 2008 and the Payments module since 2016.
Jeff has been a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) since 2011, rated as an IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property magazine for Patents, Trade Marks and Copyright since 2014, listed in IAM 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists in 2016 and 2017, in IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 and in the superseded IAM Licensing 250: The World’s Leading Patent & Technology Licensing Lawyers in 2010 and 2011/2012.
Jesse Gordes LLB, BSc – Lawyer
Jesse joined Solubility in February 2017, having worked in a boutique commercial law firm in Melbourne’s CBD since 2013 with his main focus on general corporate and commercial transactions and trade mark matters. Since his admission in 2015, he has worked on several large matters, performing roles such as drafting, reviewing and providing advice in relation to licence agreements, services agreements, privacy policies, loan agreements and business and share sale agreements.
Jesse is also an active and committed member of the Darebin Community Legal Centre, where he provides free legal advice to disadvantaged members of the Darebin area. Jesse is a member of the LIV and LESANZ and in addition to his legal qualifications he holds a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry major), and is completing a Master of Laws at The University of Melbourne.
Nathan Webster LLM, BSc – Lawyer
Nathan joined Solubility in July 2017 from the Australian Copyright Council and has extensive knowledge of issues relevant to creative industries. He is experienced in copyright law and related rights, advising clients on contentious and non-contentious matters involving subsistence, ownership, assigning and licensing rights, infringement, moral rights and performers’ rights. He has advised on copyright transactions, such as publishing, financing and distribution agreements, related laws, including contract, confidential information, privacy, trade mark, passing off, competition and consumer laws. Nathan has also authored a number of practical guidebooks aimed at copyright owners and content creators, including Copyright Essentials, Photographers & Copyright and Commercialising Copyright.
Nathan is a member of the LIV and LESANZ and has an LLB/BSc from Australian National University, a Master of Laws (Intellectual Property) from The University of Technology, Sydney. He also completed a six-month post-graduate internship at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 2016.
Trinity Dickson BSc – Practice Manager
Trinity joined Solubility as Practice Manager in April 2014, with responsibilities including marketing, IT and accounts management.
Trinity has a BSc. with Cell Biology and Zoology majors and over 18 years’ experience in office, events and project management roles in multinational corporations, including with BHP Billiton in The Hague and, more recently, Exxon Mobil.