Katherine is a patent attorney within the Engineering group based in the Brisbane office where she is involved in patent drafting, patent prosecution, patent searching, and provision of patent infringement and validity advice. Katherine's experience and interests cover a wide variety of technologies including biomedical and electronics engineering, image processing and software.
In 2015, Katherine was awarded the prestigious Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA) Institute Prize 2015, for excellence in the academic subjects leading to qualification as a patent attorney and for demonstrating potential to contribute substantially to the profession.
Prior to commencing a career as a Patent Attorney, Katherine completed her DPhil (PhD) at the University of Oxford, UK, in the Institute of Biomedical Engineering as a General Sir John Monash scholar and Clarendon scholar. Katherine’s thesis focussed on the development and implementation of algorithms for the segmentation and analysis of blood vessels in medical images with a view to automating and quantifying diagnosis of circulatory pathologies.
Katherine has completed a Master of Intellectual Property at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), and in addition has a background in Microelectronics Engineering and Information Technology having obtained dual Bachelor degrees (with First Class Honours) from Griffith University. Previous technical positions include with the Radio Networks group of Telstra Research Laboratories, the Hardware Engineering group at Lucent Technologies, as a web developer with Suncorp, and as a programmer with Thiess.
During the course of her studies, Katherine has received numerous awards including a University Medal (Griffith University), Microelectronics Engineering Medal (Griffith University), Information Technology Medal (Griffith University), Telstra Undergraduate Research Education Fellowship, and Lucent Global Science Scholarship as well as previously being named a Queensland Finalist for Young Australian of the Year. In 2012, she was awarded the DibbsBarker Award for best performance in Patent Law (UTS), and in 2013 she received the Davies Collison Cave Awards for best performance in Trade Marks Law and Design Law and Practice (UTS).