Katrina Crooks

Principal

Katrina has particular expertise in the enforcement and protection of all intellectual property rights and has regularly appeared on behalf of local and multi-national clients in the New Zealand Courts and the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand.


  • Katrina is an intellectual property lawyer and patent attorney and has specialised in intellectual property litigation for close to 20 years. Recognised by Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars 2016 as a notable IP practitioner, her extensive experience includes representing clients in all areas of intellectual property including patent and trade mark claims, copyright and design disputes, and passing off and misleading conduct cases.

    Katrina represents clients from a wide range of industries including pharmaceutical and medical devices, industrial manufacturing, building and construction, and fast moving consumer goods. Bringing to bear her qualification as a patent attorney in Australia and New Zealand, Katrina works closely with our patent teams on contentious patent matters to provide the best possible combination of technical and legal expertise.

    Katrina is a member of the New South Wales committee of IPSANZ (the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand), and of the Intellectual Property Committee of the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia.

    Katrina has a strong international IP background. She spent many years working in a leading intellectual property litigation practice in Dublin, Ireland, where much of her practice was focused on the thriving Irish pharmaceutical industry. 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. She has acted in a number of multi-jurisdictional IP disputes around the world, and is well accustomed to working as part of an international team of attorneys.

    Katrina is the Principal responsible for our firm’s pro bono and corporate responsibility efforts. She also acts as a mentor within the New South Wales Law Society Young Lawyers Mentoring Program.

    In 2017 Doyles Guide have Recommended Katrina as a Leading Trademark Lawyer in New South Wales.

    Katrina was also named for Intellectual Property Law 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.