Further demonstrating Griffith Hack’s depth of expertise and excellence across patent, trademark and IP law, seven Griffith Hack principals have been individually recognised in this years’ World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR) Leaders Guide – an increase of five listings for the firm since the 2020 guide. We are thrilled not only for the listed IP professionals, but the example they set as high-performing senior female leaders.

Janelle Borham

Janelle is a member of Griffith Hack’s specialist Life Sciences team and Vice President of the Institute of Patent & Trade mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA). Janelle has over 20 years’ experience providing clients strategic IP advice, with a particular interest in polymers, energy technology, food technology and pharmaceuticals. See Janelle’s full profile here.

Anne Makrigiorgos

Anne Makrigiorgos is the National Practice Group Leader for Griffith Hack’s Trade marks team and a former IPTA President. For over 30 years Anne has advised clients on trade marks, copyright, designs, consumer protection and IP agreements. See Anne’s full profile here.

Dr Kathryn Morris

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. See Kathryn’s full profile here.

Emma Mitchell

Emma’s expertise includes commercial contracts (including in relation to licence), supply, export, manufacturing, collaboration, research and development, branding and sponsorship. Emma has extensive experience in both contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters in many sectors including consumer goods, fashion, design, and manufacturing. See Emma’s full profile here

Leanne Oitmaa

As part of Griffith Hack’s IP law team, Leanne has specific expertise in the areas of telecommunications, optical and photonic technologies, internet applications, e-commerce and mechanical devices. As both a lawyer and qualified patent & trade marks attorney, Leanne draws on her unique skillset to the benefit of the clients she advises. See Leanne’s full profile here.

Nicola Scheepers

Nicola provides strategic advice on a wide range of trade mark issues for banking, FMCG, food service, fashion, pharmaceutical and SME clients, with extensive experience in Australia and internationally. Nicola is renowned for her thorough, straightforward advice and in-depth trade mark issue understanding– particularly the varying requirements of different countries around the world. See Nicola’s full profile here.

Amanda Stark

Amanda started her career in the UK as an IP manager in a biotech start-up and in addition to her Australian credentials, is qualified as a UK patent agent and a European Patent Attorney. Amanda has particular experience in human and animal health and plant biotechnology, lecturing in Australia and overseas on issues around biologics and biosimilars as well as patent strategy. See Amanda’s full profile here.

What is WIPR leaders?

According to its publishers, the WIPR Leaders (the guide) is unique; not “ just another rankings project” and created due to industry demand for an impartial editorial-led guide as to the best of the best in today’s IP industry. Put simply, WIPR Leaders is a one-stop guide to the world’s leading IP practitioners. The directory lists over 1,700 IP professionals across patent, trademark, and copyright practices. Stemming from a four month nomination period which includes views from 12,000 IP professionals, the WIPR research team vetted every nominated professional for suitability.

Griffith Hack is thrilled to formally announce the elevation of five high-performing team members effective as of July 1, 2020. Lawyers Juliet Evans and Harriet Young, along with Patent Attorneys John Scicluna and Simon Broner all become Associates. Formerly a Senior Associate within Watermark IP, Emma Mitchell joins the Griffith Hack Law Team’s leadership group with her promotion to the role of Principal. 

With respect of the announcement, Executive General Manager David Madigan shared, “these promotions represents a significant career milestone for each individual and reflects the hard work and contribution each of them has made to both Griffith Hack and the IP profession.”

Despite the challenges of the current economic environment, Madigan went on to say that these elevations “also demonstrate the genuine opportunities available at Griffith Hack to those with the skills required to meet our clients’ current and future needs”. 

In reflecting on this career highlight, Emma Mitchell shared some of the motivating forces behind her progression.

“When I started out as a lawyer, I spent 4 months in a great IP team as part of my graduate rotation. I was instantly hooked” Emma says.

“I love seeing ideas come to life, and many years later I still get a kick out of seeing my clients’ products and branding out in the wild. I am particularly excited to be appointed a Principal of the new and expanded Griffith Hack at such an exciting time for the business and am looking forward to continuing to work with fantastic clients alongside my talented colleagues.”

This recent development also reinforces Griffith Hack’s standing as a leading specialist IP firm with respect of gender equality in senior leadership positions; over 41% of Principals being female.

The recently released Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guide for 2020 reconfirms Griffith Hack’s position as Australia’s highest ranked specialist IP firm.

In addition to the overall firm ranking which highlights Griffith Hack’s expertise in contentious IP work and trademark prosecution, National Practice Group Leader Derek Baigent was recognised as a ‘Leading Individual’ within the Intellectual Property practice area.

Derek said that the outcome was indicative of a collaborative effort and that “this kind of recognition is only possible due to the contribution each team member makes’ and the trust that our valued clients place in us”.