Miss
Heather
Abulafia

Trainee Patent Attorney

Leeds Office

Engineering

Telephone. +44(0) 113 233 0100
Email. [email protected]

Experience

Heather has experience with drafting and prosecution, including UK, European and foreign prosecution. Heather has expertise in UK, European, Australian and New Zealand patent law and practice.

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 and providing subject matter expert support for the development of new systems. She also gained valuable experience as an acting Senior Examiner, leading a team of Patent Examiners in chemical engineering technologies.

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 the 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.

Specialisms

  • Biomimetics
  • Drug delivery devices
  • Orthopaedics
  • Wound management

Industries

  • Automotive icon Automotive
  • Healthcare icon Healthcare
  • Medical devices icon Medical devices

Services

  • Patents
  • Searching & competitor monitoring

Qualifications

Trainee


BENG

Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering (Mechanical Major) (Honours) at The University of Sydney

OTHER

Master of Intellectual Property Law at The University of Technology Sydney (Australia)

POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA OR CERTIFICATE

PG Cert Intellectual Property at Bournemouth University

CSR

Heather joined the CIPA Informals Committee in 2021 as the Education Coordinator. She also represents student members on the CIPA Education Committee.

Heather regularly attends IP Inclusive events.

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