Dr Katherine Rock

Dr Katherine Rock

Engineer | Attorney | Innovator

Katherine is a registered Trans-Tasman Patent and Trade Marks attorney (Australia and New Zealand) who specialises in a range of engineering disciplines.  During the course of her career, Katherine has provided patent attorney services to various types of clients from backyard inventors, start-ups and small-to-medium sized enterprises to multi-national corporations, universities, and national research organisations.  Her experience covers all aspects of patent practice, including searching, drafting, prosecution and the provision of validity and infringement advice.

Prior to commencing a career as a Patent Attorney, Katherine completed her DPhil (PhD) at the University of Oxford, UK, in the Institute of Biomedical Engineering as a John Monash Scholar and Clarendon Scholar – specialising in medical image processing.

Katherine has a background in Microelectronics Engineering and Information Technology, having obtained dual Bachelor degrees (1st Hons) from Griffith University. Previous technical positions include with Telstra Research Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, Suncorp Group, and Thiess. In addition, she has completed a Master of Intellectual Property at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).

During the course of her career, Katherine has received numerous awards including the prestigious Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA) Institute Prize 2015, as the top new attorney in Australia. Katherine was also the recipient of a University Medal (Griffith University), Microelectronics Engineering Medal (Griffith University), and Information Technology Medal (Griffith University), as well as the DibbsBarker Award for best performance in Patent Law (2012), and the DCC Awards for best performance in Trade Marks Law and Design Law and Practice (2013), at UTS.

Katherine also read for a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from University of Cambridge (awarded with Distinction), during which she was a 30% Club Scholar, Chair of the Judge Business School’s Wo+Men’s Leadership Interest Group, and member of St John’s College.