Prior to joining HGF, Heather worked for IP Australia (the Australian patent office) for over three years as a Patent Examiner. In this role, she searched and examined patents for medical devices, chemical engineering and mixed mechanical technologies. Heather was involved in several projects at IP Australia including investigating the use of artificial intelligence to support patent examination, providing subject matter expert support for the development of new systems and delivering training for these systems, and implementing a leadership program for Patent Examiners. She also gained valuable experience as an acting Senior Examiner, leading a team of Patent Examiners in chemical engineering technologies.
Heather studied Australian patent law, designs law and trade mark law at the University of Technology Sydney. She has gained an extensive knowledge of Australian patent law through her work as a Patent Examiner and her studies in Australia.
Heather graduated from The University of Sydney in 2015 with a Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering (Honours) with a mechanical engineering major. Her honours research project focused on designing hydrogel models to test the effect of brain tissue rigidity on the migration of brain cancer cells. In her final year of her degree and after graduating she gained experience working with assistive technologies and respiratory devices.
Heather specialises in medical technologies including respiratory devices, orthopaedic implants, bionic implants, surgical tools, dental implants and biomaterials.
Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering (Mechanical Major) (Honours) at The University of Sydney
Master of Intellectual Property Law at The University of Technology Sydney (Australia) (currently studying)
Recently, Heather was a deputy chair of the Engineers Australia Biomedical Engineering committee and a committee member of the Engineers Australia Women in Engineering Committee which included chairing meetings, planning, facilitating and presenting continued professional development events for members and attending Women in STEM events to introduce school-age girls to engineering.
Heather regularly attends IP Inclusive events.
Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars 2021, comprising the highly recommended IP professionals, has now been published. HGF is delighted to have 14 European attorneys listed. IP STARS is the leading …Read article
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The 2021 EPO Guidelines provide much needed guidance on how to protect antibodies in Europe. Biological drugs including therapeutic antibodies have become increasingly important to the pharmaceutical industry. The European …Read article
Opportunities for additional pharmaceutical product patent protection in Europe, based on the use of a drug to treat a patient exhibiting a biomarker indicative of drug response. Recent years have …Read article
Exploring the growth of patents for connected medical devices, and how best to protect them. The Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to change our lives by creating a connected …Read article
To waive, or not to waive, that is the question. The earliest identified date of a patient presenting with symptoms of a “novel coronavirus” in Wuhan, China is reported to …Read article
HGF in Europe and Knobbe Martens in the US are holding a joint webinar on 9th June. In this webinar we will explore considerations for implementing an effective strategy to …Event details
HGF Partner Dr Susan Keston and Senior Patent Attorney Dr Sofie McPherson will be presenting a webinar ‘How to capitalise on the 5G healthcare revolution’ on 25th May. This session will explore how 5G …Event details
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