"IP protection is just the beginning"

Life Sciences is an area where funding options are limited, so the most important consideration for clients Kathryn says, is how and where their IP will be commercialised. “IP protection is important but it’s only the beginning in a long process. Understanding what clients want to do with their IP dictates the way forward, whether it’s commercialising on their own, or using IP to get interest from large companies with money to spend.”

Kathryn’s area of specialty is patents, including everything from drafting patent specifications to providing advice on patent term. Kathryn’s clients range from small companies and research institutions to large companies both locally and overseas, and span the full chemistry spectrum.


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Synthetic Organic Chemistry) - Research School of Chemistry, Australian National University
  • Master of Science (Honours) in Organic Chemistry - University of Canterbury
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies, Intellectual Property Law - University of Technology, Sydney
  • Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) - University of Canterbury
  • Registered Patent and Trade Mark Attorney (Australia and New Zealand)


  • 2021

    Recognised WIPR Leader

    WIPR Leaders