Joanne has worked in trade marks for over 25 years, providing advice to local and overseas clients on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious issues. She specialises in development of international trade mark portfolios and policies for corporate clients, for creation, use and protection of trade marks as well as oppositions work. Joanne represents a robust network of global brand names including a major medical devices corporation, a USA consumer products group and an international electronic publishing company. Joanne also has close working relationships with leading IP law and attorney firms in China, Europe, Canada and the USA.
As the leader of our Trade Marks group, Joanne led the team to a Tier 1 ranking for prosecution from Managing IP in 2015, 2016, and 2017. The team was also successful in the 2015 Corporate INTL Legal Awards category: Contentious Trade Mark Opposition Law Firm of the Year in Australia as well as the ACQ Law Awards 2014: Contentious Trade Mark Opposition Law Firm of the Year. Joanne has been nominated, alongside three others, for Most Client Focused IP Specialist in the 2017 Financial Review Client Choice Awards.
In 2016 Joanne was ranked by MIP in the top 250 female IP practitioners worldwide, and one of the 6 leading IP women practitioners within Australia. She is also listed as a Trade Marks Expert in the 2016 Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law.
Her training on issues of branding and marketing provide useful guidance for clients in industries as diverse as jewellery, automotive parts, database development, pharmaceutical and veterinary products and fashion design. Her tertiary studies in marketing, business development and management, together with specialist IP knowledge, ensures commercial pragmatism in her assistance to clients.
Clients commend Joanne for her timely but thorough and creative approach to difficult IP cases, thinking strategically to allow foresight of problems and developing neat and commercial solutions. She also has a great talent for smoothly negotiating and achieving settlement of oppositions and contentious matters, with her assertive communication and leadership skills and a clear focus on the matters at hand.
Joanne is known within the firm for her pro bono work with clients such as Cystic Fibrosis Australia, The Smith Family and Westmead Hospital. She believes that community caring and compassion is good for and improves society.
Joanne is a registered Australian and New Zealand Trade Marks Attorney located in our Sydney office, and is a member of our Executive Board.