John Gibbs is a registered patent attorney, legal practitioner and notary public. He was a partner of the patent attorney firm Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick and a partner of the law firm Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick Lawyers until he retired from the partnerships in 2006. For several years he was the leader of POF's Trade Marks practice team and of POF's Electronics, Physics and IT practice team. He remains a part-time consultant to the firm.
John is a Fellow of the Institute of Patent and Trade Marks Attorneys of Australia and a Fellow of the Society of Notaries of Victoria. He has been a lecturer at the Academy of the Institute of Patent Attorneys, and for several years he ran POF's internal training courses in patent law and trade marks law.