michelle hedges

Michelle Hedges is a patent and trade marks attorney based in Melbourne.

Focusing on commercial objectives is paramount. “Whether it be licencing new technologies or ensuring freedom to operate, the most important thing is achieving commercially practical outcomes for clients.” Michelle specialises in minerals processing, materials science and metallurgy and works with some of Australia’s largest mining and manufacturing companies, and universities. With a slowing commodities market, Michelle says the biggest challenge for the Australian resources sector is remaining profitable as commodity prices fall. “Technological innovation can help reduce operational cost, but an IP strategy is critical whenever new technology is adopted.”

Before she joined Griffith Hack, Michelle worked as a materials scientist at CSIRO and as a geochemist at two Australian universities, which gave her an early appreciation of the commercial imperative facing researchers. 


  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), Monash University
  • Registered Patent and Trade Mark Attorney (Australia and New Zealand)


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