Registered Patent Attorney, Australia and New Zealand
Plant variety rights
Penny is a Registered Patent Attorney in Australia and New Zealand and a Fellow of the NZIPA (New Zealand Intellectual Property Attorneys Inc). Penny has been involved in intellectual property protection for over 13 years, first putting her PhD in Chemistry to good use as a Senior Patent Examiner at the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand, and then joining Henry Hughes in 2011. Keen to acquire a broader range of skills, she took on a Bachelor of Architectural Studies, which she completed in 2013. While studying towards registration as a patent attorney, the NZIPA Council awarded her prizes for her work in the qualifying examinations for drafting of patent specifications (2017) and trade marks (2019).
Her background in a number of technical fields gives her an advantage when it comes to drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the chemical, engineering and ICT fields for international and local clients. Her work in patents also includes conducting prior art searches, validity opinions and patent infringement searches and opinions.
Penny also works with the Henry Hughes trade mark team to provide trade mark services and advice to clients, including searches and prosecution of trade mark applications in New Zealand and Australia. She also assists clients with their New Zealand plant variety rights applications. Penny is interested in educating others on Intellectual Property rights and has presented to local businesses and design students on IP issues.