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Griffith Hack team recognised in IP Stars 2024

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03 June 2024

We are proud to announce that Amanda Stark, Nicola Scheepers, and Karen Sinclair have been recognised in the IP STARS practitioner rankings for 2024.

Amanda and Karen were acknowledged as Patent Stars whilst Nicola was named a Trade Mark Star. This result highlights their standing as leaders in patents and trademarks within Australia and internationally.

Amanda Stark was also recognised in the Top 250 Women in IP globally. She was one of only seven from Australia on this list.

Published annually by Managing IP, IP STARS recognises firms and 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.

Earlier in May, Griffith Hack was also named a Tier 1 firm in Australia for Trade Marks by Managing IP.

Learn more about Amanda, Nicola and Karen below.

Amanda Stark

Amanda Stark has been named a Patent Star by Managing IP every year since 2021. In 2024, she was also recognised in the Top 250 Women in IP globally, one of only seven from Australia on this list.

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.

Nicola Scheepers

This is the second year that Nicola Scheepers has been named a Trade Mark Star by Managing IP.

Nicola is an internationally regarded trade marks attorney and lawyer. She has over 20 years’ experience in Australian and New Zealand trade mark law and practice.

With extensive experience both here and overseas, Nicola provides strategic advice on a wide range of trade mark issues for banking, FMCG, food service, fashion, pharmaceutical and SME clients. She’s renowned for her thoroughness, straightforward advice and in depth understanding of trade mark issues – particularly the varying requirements of different countries around the world.

Nicola specialises in the luxury goods, finance, commodities resource sectors, amongst others.

Karen Sinclair

This is the third year that Karen Sinclair has been named a Patent Star by Managing IP.

Karen provides advice across patent and trade mark portfolios for a diverse range of start-up and SME businesses in addition to well-known global multinationals in the chemical and pharmaceutical fields.

Technically qualified in chemistry and life sciences and with 30 years’ experience as a patent and trade marks attorney, Karen has extensive experience in medical and biodegradable polymers, feminine and infant hygiene products, product formulation, consumer health care and nutraceuticals, vaccine technology and diagnostic methods.