Tracey is a registered patent attorney in Australia and New Zealand. She specialises in intellectual property (IP) across physics, medical devices and ICT inventions, with a particular focus on securing and commercialising patents for on-line mineral analysis apparatus, remote sensing instrumentation, secure mobile payment technologies, cloud computing, microfluidic devices, biometric authentication applications and packaging & closure technology. Tracey also has a strong practice in obtaining, enforcing and advising clients on registered design rights in a range of areas including prosthetics, furnishings, recreational vehicle components, light housings, power adaptors, containers and packaging.
Tracey has extensive experience in both contentious and non-contentious patent matters, including:
- providing strategic IP advice to clients in relation to patentability, patent validity and freedom to operate.
- drafting patent specifications for new inventions.
- prosecuting and securing patent protection for inventions throughout the world.
- carrying out due diligence on existing or pending patent rights.
- conducting patent oppositions before the Australian patent office.
- IP portfolio management including patent audits.
Tracey works with academic and government institutions, spin-out and start-up companies as well as large multinational companies. Her clients consistently say that Tracey is a pleasure to work with and that she offers 'straight up', direct advice. Clients also regularly comment on Tracey's enthusiasm and ability to make a difference to their business. She has an extensive understanding of IP in China and an increasing part of her practice has been assisting clients to understand the value of IP protection in China.
Tracey has a BSc majoring in mathematics and physics from the University of Auckland and a MSc (Hons 1) in physics, also from the University of Auckland. Her thesis focused on the remote sensing of the lower atmosphere and the development of SODAR instrumentation. Before commencing her Masters degree Tracey received a scholarship and spent time at the Horticulture and Food Research Institute of New Zealand, where she worked on the refinement of LIDAR instrumentation to enhance canopy characterisation data. Tracey joined the patent profession in 2000 and gained a Masters of Industrial Property Law.
Tracey is a Fellow of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia.