We are saddened to announce that Robin Kelly, one of our company’s founding partners, passed away on the morning of Monday 30th September. The current Principals of Fisher Adams Kelly extend their condolences to Robin’s partner and family.
Robin graduated from Monash University in 1968, before training as a Patent Attorney with a Melbourne firm and transferring to a Brisbane firm in February 1979. In June 1980, in partnership with Peter Fisher, he purchased his first IP practice and operated it successfully until 1992. Robin and Peter then left to found Fisher & Kelly, rapidly growing the firm until merging in 1996 with Grant Adams & Company. Robin was a critical part of making the resultant firm, Fisher Adams Kelly, a dominant force in the Brisbane patent attorney market. By the time of his retirement in 2009, Fisher Adams Kelly had become a truly international presence with clients across the globe.
Robin’s dedication to protecting intellectual property remained right up until his passing, and over the past three years he continued to work with inventors to file patent and trade mark applications from a boutique practice in Burleigh Heads, QLD. His commitment to his clients’ interests and straight-talking advice will never be forgotten by those who worked with him, and this legacy will live on in the name of the firm he helped to found.
Fisher Adams Kelly will be dedicating one of our meeting spaces to Robin’s memory. The Robin Kelly Room, with a spectacular view over the Brisbane River, will stand as an on-going reminder of his enduring contribution to our firm.