Aparna is a trade marks specialist with experience in Australian and New Zealand trade mark law and practice. She comes from an engineering background which gives her a unique understanding of how branding and trade mark issues intersect with technology and manufacturing. She provides commercially focused advice in respect of a broad range of trade mark issues, including trade mark searching and clearance, trade mark registration and prosecution, trade mark portfolio management, trade mark oppositions and trade mark non-use and revocation matters.
Originally qualifying with a Bachelor in Chemical Engineering (Hons), Aparna has industry experience as a Process Engineer for over three years at Total Inc.’s polymer manufacturing division in the USA. Aparna moved to Australia to pursue her Juris Doctor degree at the Australian National University where she was consistently on the Dean's Merit List and was awarded the Dean's International Student Prize for highest average score in her cohort in 2011.
Aparna has completed an internship at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and worked as an in-house legal advisor at an American R&D company, which involved her in a range of intellectual property work, including trade mark prosecution, licensing and infringement issues. She has also been an Arbitration Assistant at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, where she was involved in the arbitration and settlement of high profile transnational IP disputes. She was also a judicial clerk to Hon’ble Justices Bharti Sapru and Sunil Ambwani of the Indian High Court who specialise in IP dispute resolution.
Aparna has published in various scholarly journals and IP magazines, including the WIPO Magazine.