Katherine Rock

Areas of Practice

IT & Communication


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Katherine is a registered Australian and New Zealand patent attorney.  She has extensive experience drafting patent applications, local and overseas prosecution, freedom-to-operate and patent landscape searches, and the provision of infringement and validity advice.  Katherine is an active member of the wider patent profession, and sits on numerous committees including the Information Technology and Internet Standing Committee of AIPPI, and the Future Directions Committee of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA).  In recognition of her skills as an attorney, in 2015 she was awarded the national IPTA Institute Prize. 

Katherine has broad technical experience within engineering and IT, and particular interests in advanced digital technologies such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), image processing and other signal processing algorithms.  Her technical qualifications include a doctorate from the University of Oxford in medical imaging processing and unsupervised machine learning, where she studied as a John Monash and Clarendon Scholar.  Prior to that, she obtained undergraduate degrees in Microelectronics Engineering (First Class Honours) and Information Technology at Griffith University in Australia, achieving the top ranking among students in her cohort on each degree. 

In addition, Katherine has an MBA with Distinction from the University of Cambridge where she studied on a 30% Club scholarship at the prestigious St John’s College, and a Master of Intellectual Property from the University of Technology, Sydney.  As an experienced company director, Katherine is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD). 

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