Amanda Stark, Griffith Hack
Amanda is a Principal of Griffith Hack, based in the firm’s Melbourne office, and is practice group leader for the ChemLife group. She has particular experience in human and animal health and plant biotechnology, and her practice encompasses coordinating prosecution of patent portfolios across Australia and New Zealand, alongside assisting local clients to make the most of their IP, and is regularly called upon to provide due diligence, IPO and licensing advice. Amanda lectures in Australia and overseas on patent strategy and IP issues affecting the biotech sector. She started her career in the UK as an IP manager in a biotech start-up, qualifying as a UK patent agent and a European Patent Attorney and working in private practice firms in the UK for 10 years, before moving to Griffith Hack in 2003.
Toby Thompson, Griffith Hack
Toby is a Senior Associate of Griffith Hack, and provides a range of patent services for clients, including advising on global patent strategy, portfolio management, and patent drafting and prosecution. Alongside counselling clients on protecting their technology, a significant part of Toby’s practice involves conducting freedom to operate searches, and advising on infringement and patent validity. Toby’s technical expertise lies in chemical and life sciences inventions, in the areas of pharmaceuticals, animal healthcare, agrochemicals and food and beverage technology. Toby qualified as a UK and European Patent Attorney in 2011, and worked in private practice in the UK for a number of years, before moving to Australia in 2014 and qualifying as an Australian and New Zealand Patent Attorney. Toby is based in Griffith Hack’s Melbourne office.