Nadia 1 - Crop

Contact Nadia at:

+61 3 9005 5720

Looking at IP commercially means thinking strategically about the ‘end game’ at every IP decision. Intellectual property is a corporate tool and should be recognised as such. Sometimes IP doesn’t come into play in a commercial environment, but other times it’s the most valuable card in the hand. Recognising the difference is one of my strengths.

Much of my career has been working within private practice, including 12 years as a Principal of an intellectual property firm where I led the mechanical engineering team to deliver IP protection and counsel to a broad range of innovators internationally. Whilst there I also headed up the Medical Technologies specialist group, recognising that the MedTech industry is a vital, far reaching and high growth industry worldwide.

One of my roles now includes working at a consumer goods developer and manufacturer as their Global Intellectual Property Manager.  Being on the “client side” and participating in product development at ground zero has given me valuable insight into just how IP sits in the context of a company’s broader operations. This in-house role has reinforced with me a choice that companies need to make: innovate or follow. To innovate successfully, IP is essential.

On the technical side, I am a registered Trans-Tasman patent attorney (namely, in Australia and New Zealand). I hold a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from Monash University and have been working with intellectual property since 1996. I specialise in the protection, enforcement and strategic advice of patents and designs in a very broad range of fields including consumer goods, medical devices, building and construction, manufacturing, agricultural equipment, transportation, and food and beverage.

I am also a Senior Fellow at Melbourne University’s Law School where I enjoy teaching Law Masters students, usually budding patent attorneys, in the subject “Fundamentals of Patent Drafting”. Melbourne Masters students are required to pass this course to register as a patent attorney in Australia. This role is a great way of keeping in touch with latest drafting techniques as well as networking with other professionals in the Australian IP landscape.

From a different angle, I am also proud to be a contributor and co-founder of FLAMES: Female Leaders Alumni Monash Engineering Scholarship. Recognising that females face different challenges to men in the professional workforce, FLAMES is a group of female Engineering alumnae who studied together at Monash University and have grouped to provide financial support and mentoring to a female engineering student through a scholarship.

Nadia’s qualifications and affiliations:

  • Registered Patent Attorney, with practicing certificate in Australia and New Zealand
  • Fellow of The Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Mechanical) from Monash University
  • Senior Fellow of Melbourne Law School
  • Contributor to FLAMES (Female Leaders Alumni Monash Engineering Scholarship)
  • AusMedtech Victorian committee member (2013 – 2018)

Subject matter expertise

  • Consumer goods
  • Medical devices
  • Building & construction
  • Food & Beverage
  • Manufacturing
  • Vehicles and vehicle parts
  • Agricultural machinery
  • Machine parts
  • Heat exchange and thermal systems
  • Fluid engineering and hydro systems
  • Aerospace engineering