Griffith Hack has been recognised by Doyle’s Guide 2022 across multiple categories, with principals Kellie Stonier and Gavin Adkins receiving individual accolades.

Individual recognition
Brisbane-based principal Kellie Stonier has been named one of Queensland’s leading intellectual property lawyers, receiving recognition in the prestigious “Leading” category. Kellie was also recently listed for her intellectual property law expertise in the latest edition of Best Lawyers’.

Melbourne-based principal Gavin Adkins has been named as a leading contentious intellectual property lawyer in Victoria, receiving a “Recommended” ranking. This was the first time that Gavin has been honoured by Doyle’s.

Firm recognition
Further to the individual accolades, Griffith Hack has been ranked by Doyle’s as a leading contentious and non-contentious intellectual property law firm in both NSW and Victoria, and a leading intellectual property law firm in Queensland.

Griffith Hack principals Amanda Stark and Janelle Borham have been named as Patent Stars in the IP STARS 2022 rankings by Managing IP.

This result highlights Amanda and Janelle’s standing as leaders in patent work both within Australia and internationally.

Earlier in 2022, Griffith Hack was also named as a Tier 1 firm for Trade Mark Prosecution and a Tier 3 firm for Trade Mark Contentious by IP STARS, with Anne Makrigiorgos recognised as a Trade Mark Star.

Published by Managing IP, IP STARS recognises firms and senior practitioners who have been identified as leaders in their fields and is considered one the most comprehensive and widely respected guides in the IP profession.

About Amanda & Janelle

Amanda Stark

Amanda is one of the leading patent practitioners in the Australian biotechnology space.  She is also a key member of Griffith Hack’s leadership team, heading up the ChemLife practice group and leading the International Business Development and Foreign Associate Relationship program.

Amanda has a reputation for grasping complex legal and technical issues and developing creative solutions to achieve targeted results. Known in the industry for her tenacity and lateral thinking, clients transfer their work to Amanda when issues arise that most attorneys cannot resolve.


Janelle Borham

Janelle Borham is a principal and patent and trade marks attorney based in Melbourne. She is also the current president of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia.

Janelle provides strategic IP advice to large corporations locally and overseas, and assists clients drafting patent specifications. She has particular expertise in the area of food sciences, working with multinationals in an area that has changed significantly over the last 20 years. 

Griffith Hack is proud to announce that three members of our Law team have been named in the Best Lawyers Australia guide for 2023.

Derek Baigent (Sydney), Kellie Stonier (Brisbane) and Anne Makrigiorgos (Melbourne) have each been recognised the area of Intellectual Property Law. For Derek, this marks the eighth year running that he has received this honour. While for Kellie, this marks her fourth year running and Anne her second.

Best Lawyers is a peer review guide to the legal profession and awardees are nominated by their peers.

World Intellectual Property Day is being celebrated across the globe today, with this year’s theme shining a spotlight on IP and youth and how we can innovate for a better future.

Here at Griffith Hack, we use World IP Day 2022 to recognise the young inventors, technologists, engineers and entrepreneurs who are developing the innovative products and services that will help steer a course towards a better future.

We also use today to celebrate our cohort of talented young patent attorneys, trade marks attorneys and lawyers who work side-by-side with these innovators to help bring their ideas to the world. We thought we’d speak with some of them to find out why they enjoy working in IP, and what excites them about its future.

Thanks to Jessie Shu, John Scicluna, Radhika Moore and Dr Bryan Leaw for participating.

Griffith Hack is thrilled to be attending the INTA 2022 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C from 30 April – 4 May, with our team looking forward to reconnecting with colleagues in person.

Representing Griffith Hack at the event will be:

If you are attending INTA and would like to schedule a meeting in advance, please contact Nicola, Emma, Ray or Simon directly, or alternatively, contact Faye Oxley – Business Development Manager:

Griffith Hack has been recognised in the 2022 edition of the World Trademark Review 1000 rankings (WTR 1000) in the categories of Trade Mark Prosecution, and Enforcement and Litigation.

This marks the second year running that Griffith Hack has been honoured in both categories.

In addition to the recognition of our firm, Nicola Scheepers, Anne Makrigiorgos, Emma Mitchell and Kellie Stonier have all been named “Recommended Individuals” by WTR 1000.

WTR 1000 shines a spotlight on the firms and individuals deemed outstanding in the trade mark field. The globally-recognised guide remains the only standalone publication to recommend individual practitioners and their firms exclusively in the trademark field, and identifies the leading players in over 80 key jurisdictions globally.

This years’ edition notes that clients praised the Griffith Hack team for its communication skills:

They can easily explain IP concepts in a way which is understandable and not overly complex. Breaking it down into a way which a non-IP professional can understand is vitally important.

WTR 1000 rankings guide

You can see Griffith Hack’s full results and selected feedback at the WTR 1000 website.

Griffith Hack will be hosting two online events as part of Melbourne Design Week 2022, focusing on the areas of ethical design, and the latest updates in designs and copyright laws.

On Tuesday 22 March, Edith Hamilton will lead a panel discussion with Dr Justine Lacey, Lou Tabacchiera and Elisa Nicolleti looking at how IP protection can support ethical design. Then on Wednesday 23 March, Jennifer Wyndham-Wheeler, Bridget Renehan and David Braund will provide updates on Designs Law reforms and use easy-to-understand scenarios on what this means for designers across several areas of application.

Both sessions are free to register – find out more secure your place via the links below.

Can intellectual property protection support ethical design?

Tuesday 22 March | 12:15 – 1:30pm

Ethical design – design that strives for greater societal good – should be fostered. Commercial pressures can influence the ability of designers and innovators to pursue environmentally sustainable products and processes. In order to support design with a positive environmental and social impact on the planet, there need to be mechanisms that address those commercial pressures. This event, held in the form of a discussion between a panel of industry leaders, brings together different perspectives on ethical and sustainable design and shares with the audience how it can be supported and grown in Victoria with intellectual property fostering collaboration.

The discussion will cover a variety of issues including:

• Whether protecting ideas can be a driver for ethical design across the sector;

• The frameworks for supporting ethical design, such as investing in greater product longevity, sustainable materials and sustainable manufacturing;

• How to facilitate investment in new, sustainable methods of production and keep these methods and techniques in Victoria;

• How to facilitate collaboration between individual designers and larger companies while protecting the ideas each party ‘brings to the table’; and

• How to maintain the integrity of the design (e.g. anti-counterfeiting) and the design process so that it increases the value of the design and production industry in Victoria.

Must-knows for designing must-haves: Designs & copyright law 2022

Wednesday 23 March | 10:15 – 11:30am

Griffith Hack takes designers through the ABCs of Designs and Copyright Law, including the pitfalls where these laws overlap in Australia and how designers can navigate around these areas. Griffith Hack will provide updates on the Designs Law reforms and use easy-to-understand scenarios on what this means for designers across several areas of application. For example, the grace period and infringement exemption for industrial designers who have used or taken definite steps to use a comparable design before the priority date. This will be particularly timely given the reforms are due to take effect in March 2022.

Also coming into the conversation is the UK-Australia free trade agreement through which Australia has agreed in principle to ratify the Hague Agreement (industrial designs). This session will explore the likelihood of this happening, and how Australia’s acceptance of the Hague Agreement may benefit designers. For example, those provisions may offer a longer term of protection for designs and protection of partial designs and virtual designs. Griffith Hack will explain what this means to designers by presenting real-life examples, including the gaming and digital design space who may benefit from these reforms from an IP stance.

This session is presented by some of Griffith Hack’s senior Patent Attorney and Legal team, holding deep experience from working closely with world-leading local and international designers and brands.

Melbourne Design Week 2022 is an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV. To find out more, visit https://designweek.melbourne/

Griffith Hack is pleased to announce that Jacqui Thomas and Daniel Hsieh are now registered patent attorneys in Australia and New Zealand.

Jacqui Thomas

Jacqui, based in our Perth office, registered as a patent attorney in January 2022. She assists clients with the drafting and prosecution of patents across a range of technology areas, and has particular expertise with electrical, electronic and software patents.

Daniel Hsieh

Daniel, based in Melbourne, registered in October 2021. He is interested in the developing software patent case law and clean technology, and has assisted clients prosecute inventions related to solar energy systems, electrochromic windows, fuel cells/batteries, and improved mining resource detection/modelling.

Griffith Hack congratulates both Jacqui and Daniel on their registrations.

Griffith Hack principal and practice group leader of the firm’s law team Derek Baigent has been recognised as one of Australia’s leaders in intellectual property in The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific guide for 2022.

Derek received the prestigious ranking of Leading Individual, an honour he has received every year since 2019.

Griffith Hack was also recognised as a leading intellectual property firm in Australia, maintaining its Band Two ranking for the second year running. Griffith Hack is the only specialist IP services firm to be ranked in either Band One or Two, demonstrating the firm’s capacity to rival larger international firms in technical capability and engagement management.

Full rankings can be found here.

Melbourne-based patent attorney Ben Dziekan has been named co-winner of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia’s (IPTA) prestigious Edwards Waters Prize for 2021.

The award is presented to the best performing Patent Attorney in their first year of practice, in recognition of both professional (post registration) performance as well as academic performance during the Masters of IP.

Speaking on the announcement, Griffith Hack managing director Aaron LePoidevin said, “This award is tremendous recognition of Ben’s committed and professional approach to his clients, and the technical and commercial acumen he demonstrates in all matters he works on. On behalf of everyone at Griffith Hack, we congratulate Ben on this well deserved honour.”

Ben, together with co-recipient Samuel Elnajar, will formally receive the award at the 2022 IPTA Annual Conference, where Ben is scheduled to speak on the state of play of Sports and Esports IP in Australia.