Griffith Hack recognised in IAM Patent 1000

23 June 2020

In IAM's 9th Patent 1000 edition, Griffith Hack is thrilled to once again be recognised at both the firm and individual practitioner level. The IAM Patent 1000 distinguishes firms and individuals deemed outstanding in this area of practice and has been compiled following an extensive research process over 5 months involving approximately 1,800 interviews. 

IAM’s editors write; “Well respected and great at their jobs, Griffith Hack exemplifies a smart and targeted approach to patenting issues. Griffith Hack attorneys have deep knowledge and expertise and can understand the thinking in the inventor’s head; taking that on board in their advice to maximise IP ownership and value is very cost-effective.” (Source – Patent 1000, 2020 Edition)

Firm achievements

Acknowledged for excellence across all three of IAM’s nominated practice areas (Prosecution, Litigation and Transactions), Executive General Manager David Madigan indicated the announcement confirms Griffith Hack’s position as one of Australia’s preeminent specialist IP firms. “We are obviously pleased with IAM’s endorsement which reinforces what has always been the hall mark of our approach; a laser-like focus on commercial outcomes, outstanding client service and deep technical knowledge” Madigan said.  

  • Firms: Prosecution - High Recommended
  • Firms: Transactions - Recommended 
  • Firms: Litigation - Recommended 
Individual achievement 

In addition to the firm’s overall recognition, a number of high-performing practitioners have been highlighted for their outstanding contribution to excellence in IP. From this years’ publication, the editorial team draws attention to the following Griffith Hack personnel (Source – Patent 1000, 2020 Edition);

  • “National practice group leader for electricals, information technology and physics, Nick Mountford is au fait at overcoming examiners’ objections to patent applications for computer-implemented inventions.” 
  • “Cambridge University physics PhD holder Derek Baigent leads the national IP law practice. Most recently, in a Federal Court dispute with two Russian nationals, he obtained an interlocutory judgment in favour of Sony Interactive Entertainment.” 
  • “Engineering dynamo David Hughes is sought after by a leading medical devices company”
  • Janelle Borham is the name to note on the life sciences and chemistry side. She serves local and international clients equally well, focusing especially on organic chemistry, food technology, energy technology and ionic liquids”, and
  • "Leanne Oitmaa is Watermark’s key adviser in patents, designs and trademarks.”

“Although these people would be amongst the first to acknowledge the importance of high-performing teams and the collective effort required to deliver outstanding client outcomes, individual accolades of this nature serve as a reminder of the depth and calibre of talent within the firm. With the full integration of Watermark into Griffith Hack, we hope to see further industry recognition like this into the future” stated Madigan.