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 provides a range of patent services for clients including advising on global patent strategy, efficient portfolio management, and patent drafting and prosecution. She works closely with clients to obtain patent rights in major jurisdictions, as well as assisting overseas clients to obtain patent rights in Australia and New Zealand. 

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. She has significant experience in patent oppositions and collaborating with Griffith Hack lawyers in matters before the Federal Court of Australia.

A key strength of Amanda’s is IP strategy formulation. She is often called upon to develop IP strategies for companies looking for investment, and provides due diligence for investors wanting to know the value of their potential investments.

In recognition of her client-centred approach, Amanda received Lexology’s Client Choice Award for IP Patent Agents and Attorneys in 2021. She has also been recognised as a Patent Star and named one of the Top 250 Women in IP by Managing Intellectual Property.

Before joining Griffith Hack in 2003, Amanda worked as a patent attorney in house and in private practice in the UK for 10 years. She is a qualified UK and European patent attorney and re-qualified as an Australian patent attorney in 2003.

Amanda demonstrates a critical commercial perspective. Her outstanding advice has greatly increased our value.

Lexology Client Choice Awards 2021 – Client Feedback


  • Post graduate research (Protein Crystallography) – Glasgow University, UK
  • Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry) (Honours) – University of Bristol, UK
  • Registered Patent & Trade Marks Attorney (Australia and New Zealand)
  • Certificate in Intellectual Property – University of London, UK
  • Registered Patent Attorney (United Kingdom) (CPA)
  • Qualified Patent Attorney (European)


Client Choice Award – IP Patent Agents and Attorneys
Lexology Client Choice Awards, 2021

Top 250 Women in IP
Managing Intellectual Property, 2021 and 2024

Recommended Practitioner
IAM Patent 1000, 2023

Patent Star
Managing Intellectual Property, 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024

Recognised WIPR Patent Leader
WIPR, 2022

Partner of the Year Intellectual Property – Finalist
Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards, 2021

Patent prosecution – Silver
IAM Patent 1000, 2024


  • Member, Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA)