Heather specialises in prosecution of patent applications, including UK, European and foreign prosecution. She also has experience in drafting patent applications, providing freedom to operate opinions and conducting patent searches. 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, bioreactors and biomaterials.
Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering (Mechanical Major) (Honours) at The University of Sydney
PG Cert Intellectual Property at Bournemouth University
Master of Intellectual Property Law at The University of Technology Sydney (Australia)
Heather was a member of the CIPA Informals Committee in from 2021 to 2023 as the Education Coordinator. She also represented student members on the CIPA Education Committee and in the Patent Examination Board Candidate Consultative Committee.
Heather regularly attends IP Inclusive events.
Order of the classifications listed on the front of a patent and why it matters? On 1 June 2023, ASTELLAS INSTITUTE FOR REGENERATIVE MEDICINE lodged a statement of revocation of …Read article
HGF is pleased to invite you to our upcoming German-language webinar in cooperation with the BVIZ on “In- and Out-licensing of Technologies” on 16th of November 2023. The webinar will …Event details
The advent of commercial launch capabilities has opened up space as a unique frontier for innovation. However, in space, any acts of patent infringement almost always go unseen. Thus, it’s …Read article
Any communications sent from the EPO on or after 1 November 2023 will no longer have the “ten day rule” applied to them. This means that communications are deemed to …Read article
HGF is pleased to invite you to our upcoming German-language seminar on “In- and Out-licensing of Technologies” in Salzburg and Dresden. The seminar will offer you the opportunity to gain …Event details
Bioforward, OBN’s ‘Roadmap for Growth’ Life Sciences event is set to take place at The King’s Centre in Oxford on Tuesday 26th September 2023. This event is designed to provide the support, skills, know-how …Event details
The integration of artificial intelligence (AI) into healthcare has ushered in a new era of personalised medicine, promising more effective and tailored treatments for patients. Traditional medical approaches often adopt …Read article
Time: 14.00 – 15.00 UTC HGF Patent Director, Dr Janine Swarbrick will be speaking on the upcoming Lexology webinar: Across Continents: Exploring Common Ground and Contrasts in Patenting Software Inventions …Event details
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