Natalie Hibberd, Intellectual Property Manager


Natalie is an intellectual property manager with more than 15 years’ experience in intellectual property research. She assists clients as a proxy Intellectual Property Manager, providing them with renewals, registrations, new applications, filings, assignments and provides general IP advice.

Natalie also informs clients of new patents, trade marks or designs which may potentially infringe their work. Natalie also conducts watching services for clients.

Kristine, Licensed Investigator and Trade Marks Attorney

Cert IV IS MIPLaw BSc GradDipEd DipFJourn

Kristine is a licenced investigator with ten years’ experience in conducting investigations into trade mark and patent infringements, along with counterfeit matters. She has a vast amount of experience in trade mark “use” and “non-use” investigations and Kristine has also appeared as an expert witness in trade mark use litigation proceedings. Kristine was the Vice President of the Association of Investigators and Security Professionals in 2013.

Candace, Paralegal

Candace is a paralegal and specialises in trade mark infringement and counterfeiting matters. She has experience in the monitoring of retail outlets, markets, social media and online shopping sites. Candace maintains and coordinates our firm’s physical market surveillance program for infringing goods.

BSc, BEng(Hons), GradCertSocSc, MIP

Adam has a decade of commercial research and development experience and is qualified in both electronic engineering and applied physics, having obtained dual Bachelor degrees with Honours from RMIT University.

BMedPharmBiotech(1st Class Hons) PhD MIPLaw

Prior to joining Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick, Leigh worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard University in the department of Stem Cells and Regenerative Biology and the department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. Leigh has liaised and collaborated with researchers and research teams across a multitude of research facilities, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston), Dana Farber Cancer Centre (Boston), University of Adelaide, Hanson Institute and the University of South Australia.

BSc (Hons I) PhD MIPLaw MRACI (CChem)

Leon has extensive academic and industrial experience in pharmacology and synthetic organic chemistry. Leon completed his PhD at the University of Sydney where he worked on a new synthesis for (+)-himbacine, a tetracyclic alkaloid for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

B.Eng (Mech) (Hons), B.Bus JD MIPLaw

Peter is an enthusiastic mechanical engineer with a passion for innovation and the law. He has worked on large infrastructure projects, delivering innovative and strategic solutions with respect to mechanical, civil and electrical assets, and has found his niche in intellectual property.