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 has been recognised in World Trademark Review’s 1000 guide (WTR) for trade mark prosecution and strategy.

WTR 1000 shines a spotlight on the firms and individuals deemed outstanding in the trade mark field. It remains the only standalone publication to recommend individual practitioners and their firms exclusively in the trademark field, and identifies the leading players in over 80 key jurisdictions globally. This years’ edition notes:

“A repository of expertise and professionalism, Griffith Hack understands the client’s business and advises appropriately when it grows.” Lately it has seen an uptick in opposition work particularly for domestic clients, while its online IP management platform – Amplia – has been undergoing a revamp. Adding a layer of sophistication to New Zealand filings, two senior associates – formerly trademark examiners at the IP Office of New Zealand – now call Griffith Hack home. One of them is Shannon Fati – propelled into the WTR 1000 rankings by glowing customer feedback. “The attention and care that I get from Fati shows that she is constantly looking out for my business. Her advice is not just timely, but honest, fair and respectful.”

In addition to Shannon, the 2020 guide highlights the achievements of other leading Griffith Hack personnel.

In the Trade Mark Prosecution and Strategy category, principals Anne Makrigiorgos and Nicola Scheepers are acknowledged. While for Enforcement and litigation, principal Kellie Stonier is also recognised, described by the guide as an “intelligent litigator”.

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”.