is a registered trademark attorney and solicitor. She is the head of the trademark department at Michael Buck IP, an independent firm of patent and trademark attorneys based in Brisbane, Australia. She has extensive experience in filing trademark applications, conducting contentious matters, trademark searching and portfolio management. She is also the Chair of the Queensland Law Society Technology and Intellectual Property Committee.
As previously reported on this blog, in the last two years several large Australian patent attorney firms (having a combined market share of close to 70% in Australia) have been listed on the stock exchange or been acquired by publicly listed companies. This means that almost 70% of the market share of Australian patent filings is controlled by three publicly listed companies… In our opinion, the conflict of interest provisions in the Code of Conduct (the Code) for Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys 2013 (Cth) (“the Code”) do not address the very real and unique conflict issues faced by the sibling firms’ attorneys on a daily basis.