Katrina Chambers is a Special Counsel in our Corporate team.  Her practice includes licensing and commercialisation of IP, assistance with IP ownership and structuring issues, research and development collaborations, alliances and joint venture arrangements, the sale and purchase of IP assets and companies, IP audits and due diligence, establishment of franchise systems, manufacturing, supply and distribution agreements, general contracts law and commercial and corporate law.

Katrina also advises in relation to protection of intellectual property assets, privacy and franchise compliance, regulatory issues and disputes, the Australian Consumer Law, infringement of copyright, trade marks, patents and designs, protection of data, know how and other valuable confidential information, advertising law and domain name disputes.

Katrina is the winner of an International Law Office Client Choice Award 2013 for Healthcare and Life Sciences in Australia, and has been recognised by her peers as ‘Lawyer of the Year’ by Best Lawyers in Australia in the areas of Intellectual Property Law (2021) and Biotechnology Law (2023) in Brisbane. She has also been recognised by her peers as one of the Best Lawyers in Australia in the areas of Intellectual Property Law (2014 – 2023), Biotechnology Law (2017 – 2023), and Ethics and Professional Responsibility Practice (2019 – 2023).  

Katrina has been recognised in Doyle’s Guide as a leading lawyer (2021) and a recommended lawyer (2012 – 2020, 2022) in Queensland in Intellectual Property. She has also been acknowledged by The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific (2018 & 2019) for her work in the Intellectual Property space.

Katrina Chambers’ recent experience includes:

  • Acting for Queensland University of Technology in relation to rationalisation of its complex intellectual property ownership and commercialisation agreements with respect to gene edited bananas including drafting and negotiation of a Master Commercialisation Agreement with Austalian Banana Research Pty Ltd, and subsequently acting in relation to drafting and negotiation of new research agreements (Australian and international).
  • Assisting James Cook University by drafting a Collaboration Agreement for hub participants in the Commonwealth funded Tropical North Queensland Drought Hub consistent with the requirements of the Commonwealth grant, and an associated Hub Project template providing for ownership and commercialisation of hub outputs.
  • Acting for ResApp Health Limited in relation to the drafting and negotiation of evaluation and commercial licences for its cough diagnostic technology.
  • Acting for Licella Holdings Limited in relation to its commercialisation of its patented Cat-HTR technology for conversion of waste feedstocks into biofuels including licensing of international and Australian joint venture entities and advising in relation to participation in a CRC-P Partners Agreement.
  • Advising the international medical device manufacturer and distributor LivaNova in relation to regulatory issues and all of its commercial law needs in Australia.
  • Acting for UniQuest (the commercialisation company for the University of Queensland) in relation to a range of intellectual property licensing and commercialisation transactions; drafting precedent document for UniQuest including confidentiality agreements and intellectual property commercialisation agreements; Katrina is the primary legal adviser for UniQuest.