michelle hedges

Michelle Hedges is a principal and registered patent and trade-marks attorney with over 30 years’ experience.

Michelle specialises in minerals processing, materials science and metallurgy and works with some of Australia’s largest mining and manufacturing companies, and universities.

Her experience extends to minerals processing including hydrometallurgical and pyrometallurgical processes, coal and petroleum processing, mining equipment, protective coatings for metals (including corrosion protection, photocatalytic and superhydrophilic coatings), catalysts, water treatment, composites, ceramics, nanotechnology, light metals, hydrogen generation devices, hydrogen storage materials, biomaterials, medical devices, optical fibres, and laminates.

Michelle’s practice focusses on the provision of commercially relevant IP services and advice to a range of local and foreign clients, including major companies, universities and SMEs. Her work includes the drafting and prosecuting of patent and design applications, advising on freedom to operate, providing landscape and novelty opinions, conducting patent oppositions, monitoring competitor’s patents and providing strategic IP advice. Michelle also has experience with patent due diligence reports for clients selling or acquiring IP assets.

In addition, Michelle has enjoyed secondment roles in two major Australian companies in the building products and mining areas, respectively. Those roles have given her an invaluable insight into the IP-related issues faced by corporates.

Focusing on commercial objectives is paramount for Michelle. “Whether it be licencing new technologies or ensuring freedom to operate, the most important thing is achieving commercially practical outcomes for clients.”

Before she joined Griffith Hack, Michelle spent time in research positions at two Australian universities and the CSIRO which has given her a sound background in the commercial issues faced by the research sector.

Qualifications

  • B. Sc. (Hons I) Geology and Chemistry), Monash University
  • Registered Patent and Trade Mark Attorney (Australia and New Zealand)

Associations

  • Fellow, Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA)
  • Member, Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc
  • Member, Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
  • Member, Institute of Materials Engineering Australasia (Materials Australia)