Freehills Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys expand their ranks

Date: 2008-06-16
Authors: Karen Bentley & Daneta Crump & Tracey Hendy

Freehills is proud to announce the appointment of four new patent and trade mark senior associates and one special counsel.
 
Freehills Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys provide expert advice regarding the creation, acquisition and commercialisation of intellectual property including patents, trade marks, designs and plant breeders rights. Head of Freehills Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys, Frances Drummond, described the newly appointed individuals as ‘truly exceptional professionals that ensure a depth of talent we provide our clients across complex and diverse legal services. In particular they have demonstrated their ability to listen to what the clients’ needs are and respond with excellent technical and commercial advice that meets, or in most cases exceeds, the clients’ expectations.’
 
The team of more than 30 professionals, works with many of the world’s most recognisable brands and technologies across all industries.
 
Integrated with Freehills’ full-service IP commercialisation and enforcement practice, the team is unequalled in its combined structure. It is the largest IP practice of any Australian commercial law firm.

New appointments

Tracey Hendy, Special Counsel

Tracey Hendy joined Freehills in 2002 and is a patent attorney. She specialises in all aspects of mechanical engineering with specific expertise across the agricultural, automotive, medical, manufacturing and consumer product sectors.

With more than 18 years experience in patent portfolio creation and management across Australia and New Zealand, Tracey’s promotion to Special Counsel recognises her ability to create and secure strategic IP rights that complement her clients’ commercial objectives.

Karen Bentley, Senior Associate

Karen Bentley joined Freehills’ Melbourne office in 2004. She is a patent attorney specialising in life sciences. Karen advises clients on matters of patentability and infringement. She prepares and prosecutes patent applications in Australia, New Zealand and overseas.

Karen has a PhD in molecular virology and has particular expertise is in the preparation and prosecution of patents relating to the fields of biotechnology, genetics and molecular biology.

Daneta Crump, Senior Associate

Daneta Crump joined Freehills, Melbourne in 2002. She is a patent attorney in the field of mechanical engineering and designs. Daneta advises clients on patentability and infringement, and prepares and prosecutes patent applications in Australia, New Zealand and overseas. Daneta’s expertise lies in the preparation and prosecution of patents relating to consumer products including children’s strollers and safety equipment, medical devices and hand tools, and the building industry. This includes safety equipment as well as engines and products in the automotive industry.

Georgina Hey, Senior Associate

Georgina Hey joined Freehills’ Sydney office in 2000. Georgina specialises in trade mark law and has responsibility for a number of major trade mark portfolios.
 
Georgina advises Australian and overseas clients in relation to trade marks law including: trade mark protection strategies, trade mark availability and infringement risks, prosecution of trade mark applications, assignment and licensing of trade marks, trade mark non-use applications and oppositions.

Catherine Jouguelet, Senior Associate

Catherine Jouguelet joined Freehills, Sydney in 2001 and specialises in trade mark law. Catherine has responsibility for a number of major trade mark portfolios.
 
Catherine advises Australian and overseas clients in the area of intellectual property and trade marks including trade mark creation and protection strategies, prosecution of trade mark applications, and removal actions for non-use and oppositions.