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Katherine Rock | Patent Attorney

DPhil (Oxon.) B.Eng. (Hons.) B.IT., Patent Attorney

Katherine Rock

Areas of Expertise

  • Patents
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • Information Technology & Software
  • Medical Devices

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 addition, she is currently studying for a Master of Intellectual Property at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).

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 novel 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 a background in microelectronics engineering and computer systems, having obtained a Bachelor degree with First Class Honours from Griffith University. Positions held in this capacity include with the Radio Networks group of Telstra Research Laboratories researching signal dimensioning for mobile phone networks, and with the Hardware Engineering group at Lucent Technologies designing and testing electronic circuits and PCBs.

She also holds a Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer Science) from Griffith University and over the years has held several positions as a technical developer including with Suncorp Metway as a web developer and at Thiess developing on-site project costing software.

During the course of her studies, Katherine received awards and recognition including a University Medal (Griffith University), Microelectronics Engineering Medal (Griffith University), Information Technology Medal (Griffith University), Young Australian of the Year - Queensland Finalist, Telstra Undergraduate Research Education Fellowship and Lucent Global Science Scholarship. In addition, she was the 2012 recipient of the DibbsBarker Award for best performance in Patent Law at UTS, and the 2013 recipient of the Davies Collison Cave Awards for best performance in Trade Marks Law and best performance in Designs Law & Practice at UTS.

Affiliations and Memberships

  • Member: Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia
  • Member: Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • Member: IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
  • Member: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)


  • Master of Intellectual Property, University of Technology, Sydney (in progress)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Engineering Science (Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Image Analysis), University of Oxford, UK
  • Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer Science), Griffith University
  • Bachelor of Microelectronics Engineering (Computer Systems) (1st Hons.), Griffith University

Katherine’s latest articles

New NZ Patents Act: How will it affect software patents in NZ?

The New Zealand Patents Bill, which recently passed its third reading and is expected shortly to receive Royal Assent,… more »

Induced infringement in the United States expanded to include divided infringement

In September 2012, the full bench of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit handed down a decision that… more »