Katrina Crooks

Principal

Katrina is a qualified lawyer in Australia and New Zealand and a Trans-Tasman patent attorney, and is a Principal in Shelston IP Lawyers’ litigation team.


  • Overview

    Katrina is a qualified lawyer in Australia and New Zealand and a Trans-Tasman patent attorney. She is a Principal in Shelston IP Lawyers’ litigation team. Specialising in intellectual property litigation for close to 20 years, Katrina represents clients in disputes across all areas of intellectual property including patent, trade mark, design and copyright disputes and in related issues such as breach of confidentiality and misleading conduct.

    Katrina’s extensive experience spans a wide range of industry sectors, including pharmaceutical, life sciences and medical devices, fintech, ICT, manufacturing and retail products. She quickly grasps and synthesises technological and scientific detail, and is praised by clients for her ability to communicate complex legal strategy in a way that is relevant to their commercial interests. Katrina is committed to achieving the best possible commercial outcome for her clients including utilising mediation and other alternative dispute resolution processes where appropriate. She frequently acts in Australian cases forming part of multi-jurisdictional disputes and is well accustomed to working as part of an international legal team. Katrina also has a substantial patent opposition practice, representing clients in high value oppositions before the Patents Office with significant success.

    Katrina has a strong international IP background. She spent many years working in a leading intellectual property litigation practice in Dublin, Ireland. She also has a number of years experience in highly regarded New Zealand firms, where she regularly appeared in the New Zealand High Court to advocate for her clients.

    Katrina is a member of the Intellectual Property Committee of the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia and is a member of the New South Wales committee of IPSANZ (the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand). She is the author of the “Patents in New Zealand: A Comparison with Australian Patent Law” chapter of LexisNexis Lahore’s Patents, Trade Marks and Related Rights and is a guest lecturer for the Masters of Intellectual Property program at the University of Technology, Sydney. She also acts as a mentor within the NSW Law Society’s Women’s Mentoring Scheme. She is also the Principal responsible for our firm’s pro bono and corporate responsibility program.

    Katrina has been recognised in several high profile legal rankings:

    • Recommended in Doyles Guide New South Wales 2017 as a Leading Trademark Lawyer
    • Recognised as a “patent expert and experienced litigator” by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018

    Qualifications

    • Master of Laws (First Class Honours), University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
    • Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours), University of Canterbury, New Zealand
    • Bachelor of Commerce, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
    • Admitted as Solicitor of the High Court of Australia
    • Admitted as Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
    • Admitted as Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
    • Admitted as Irish Solicitor (non-practising)
    • Registered Patent Attorney (Australia and New Zealand).

    Associations

    • Law Society of New South Wales
    • Law Society of New Zealand
    • Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand
    • Member, The Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia
    • Non-resident member, New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys.
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  • Katrina is a qualified lawyer in Australia and New Zealand and a Trans-Tasman patent attorney. She is a Principal in Shelston IP Lawyers’ litigation team. Specialising in intellectual property litigation for close to 20 years, Katrina represents clients in disputes across all areas of intellectual property including patent, trade mark, design and copyright disputes and in related issues such as breach of confidentiality and misleading conduct.

    Katrina’s extensive experience spans a wide range of industry sectors, including pharmaceutical, life sciences and medical devices, fintech, ICT, manufacturing and retail products. She quickly grasps and synthesises technological and scientific detail, and is praised by clients for her ability to communicate complex legal strategy in a way that is relevant to their commercial interests. Katrina is committed to achieving the best possible commercial outcome for her clients including utilising mediation and other alternative dispute resolution processes where appropriate. She frequently acts in Australian cases forming part of multi-jurisdictional disputes and is well accustomed to working as part of an international legal team. Katrina also has a substantial patent opposition practice, representing clients in high value oppositions before the Patents Office with significant success.

    Katrina has a strong international IP background. She spent many years working in a leading intellectual property litigation practice in Dublin, Ireland. She also has a number of years experience in highly regarded New Zealand firms, where she regularly appeared in the New Zealand High Court to advocate for her clients.

    Katrina is a member of the Intellectual Property Committee of the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia and is a member of the New South Wales committee of IPSANZ (the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand). She is the author of the “Patents in New Zealand: A Comparison with Australian Patent Law” chapter of LexisNexis Lahore’s Patents, Trade Marks and Related Rights and is a guest lecturer for the Masters of Intellectual Property program at the University of Technology, Sydney. She also acts as a mentor within the NSW Law Society’s Women’s Mentoring Scheme. She is also the Principal responsible for our firm’s pro bono and corporate responsibility program.

    Katrina has been recognised in several high profile legal rankings:

    • Recommended in Doyles Guide New South Wales 2017 as a Leading Trademark Lawyer
    • Recognised as a “patent expert and experienced litigator” by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018

    Qualifications

    • Master of Laws (First Class Honours), University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
    • Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours), University of Canterbury, New Zealand
    • Bachelor of Commerce, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
    • Admitted as Solicitor of the High Court of Australia
    • Admitted as Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
    • Admitted as Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
    • Admitted as Irish Solicitor (non-practising)
    • Registered Patent Attorney (Australia and New Zealand).

    Associations

    • Law Society of New South Wales
    • Law Society of New Zealand
    • Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand
    • Member, The Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia
    • Non-resident member, New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys.