A litigator with over 20 years' experience in IP enforcement and protection, Kate specialises in multi-jurisdictional patent, copyright and trade mark litigation. Kate also has expertise in consumer law matters and regularly advises clients on advertising and branding campaigns and disputes.
She advises Australian and international clients across a range of industries including pharmaceutical, medical devices, computer technology and software, mining, heavy machinery, entertainment and media, fashion and consumer goods.
Kate is consistently listed as a Leading Lawyer by legal directories and publications including Chambers and Partners, Best Lawyers, World Trade Mark Review and IAM Patent 1000. Kate was named one of the Top 250 Women in IP globally in 2019 by Managing Intellectual Property's IP Stars. She is also a Vincent Fairfax fellow.
She is an Australian committee member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) and a member of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand.
Top 250 Women in IP Globally 2019
Leading Lawyer – Intellectual Property: Patents and Life Sciences
Leading Individual - Intellectual Property
Best Lawyer – Intellectual Property Law
Best Lawyer – Litigation
Individual – enforcement and litigation
She is extremely talented and client-focused, exemplifying the firm’s consistent achievement of high-value commercial outcomes for her clients. Hay is a much-revered enforcer of IP rights.
With an unbeatable track record and client-first orientation, she is an absolute dream to work with. She is an effective communicator who adapts to specific client needs and never loses sight of the commercial factors affecting the business when devising a suitable litigation strategy.
Kate is a patent, trade mark and copyright maven well known for her work in life sciences and technology fields
Kate is a strong advocate and has outstanding IP knowledge
Kate is a versatile contentious wiz who adeptly advises and litigates across the group’s technical theatres of operation
Her ability to translate highly technical detail into plain language is commendable and I've found her guidance to be invaluable
Kate has good sector insight, understanding and knowledge both locally in Australia and across the Asia-Pacific region