Robert Mitchell is a patent agent and a retired Senior partner in the firm of Norton Rose Fulbright LLP (formerly Ogilvy Renault LLP). He was added to the list of patent agents in 1967.
He is a member of distinction and a past president of IPIC. He has served on many IPIC committees, over the years, notably, he was chair of the patent law harmonization committee. He took part in many working sessions of the committee of experts in Geneva from 1987 culminating in the diplomatic conference in The Hague in 1991. He has been, since its inception a member of the Professional Regulation committee. Recently, he has been on a subcommittee of the code of ethics.
Mr. Mitchell is a past president of FICPI Canada, and a recipient of the Peter Kirby award. He participated as a representative of FICPI at the diplomatic conference (1999) for the Geneva Act on the deposit of international industrial designs. He was also a representative of FICPI and IPIC at the diplomatic conference in Geneva (2000) on the Patent Law Treaty (PLT).
Mr. Mitchell is a member of honour of AIPPI. He was chair of the organizing committee of XXXVI Congress of AIPPI, held in Montréal in 1995.
He is the author of several papers on intellectual property and is a co-author of the History of The Patent and Trademark Profession in Canada, published by the Patent and Trademark Institute of Canada (now IPIC) in 1985. In his retirement, he continues to be active on committees of FICPI and IPIC. Notably, he was chair of Q200 of a AIPPI, responsible for the review and revision of the statutes and regulations of the Association which were adopted at the Boston Congress in 2008.
He is also active is a start-up with his two brothers, namely Design by Mitchell inc., (see www.swingsac.com). He and his wife, of 52 years, have three daughters and four grandchildren.