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Sarah Gilkes

Partner – Intellectual Property

Sarah is an intellectual property specialist, focused on commercial transactions involving IP and technology assets. She works with entrepreneurs and established businesses at all stages of the IP life cycle to protect key IP, build commercialisation pathways, and achieve growth targets in domestic and international markets.

Sarah acts for clients across a broad range of industries, including technology, e-commerce, resources, FMCG, entertainment and professional services. She advises on transactions relating to the use, transfer and funding of IP and technology assets, including licensing and distribution arrangements, IT procurement and SaaS agreements, mergers and acquisitions of IP-based businesses, and private equity / venture capital investments into high-growth companies (both on the investor and target side). Sarah also provides strategic advice on the establishment and management of international trade mark portfolios, and has led multi-jurisdictional disputes to enforce and defend IP rights.

Sarah has held advisory and Board positions for start-ups, established companies, and not-for-profit organisations, and has acted for a number of high-profile performers and sportspeople. Prior to joining Hamilton Locke, Sarah was a Partner at a specialist IP firm for several years, and has also worked as in-house counsel in the technology transfer division of one of Australia’s leading universities. 

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Intellectual Property; Technology; Corporate and Commercial Law; Competition and Consumer Law

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master of Laws, Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts (Hons) – University of New South Wales
  • Admitted to practice in New South Wales

 

SELECTED REPRESENTATIONS

  • Acted for Australia’s leading provider of fuel analytics software and related field services, including intellectual property protection, managing international licensing and commercialisation contracts with partners across 20+ countries, and leading patent infringement litigation in the Federal Court of Australia.
  • Acted for a disruptor in the packaging industry who developed a new manufacturing process for expandable polystyrene boxes, including advising on intellectual property protection and commercialisation strategies, and acting in transactions with licensees and suppliers throughout Asia, Europe and the USA.
  • Acted for one of Australia’s leading providers of cybersecurity in the telecommunications sector, including advising the company on intellectual property protection strategies, and running large scale supply transactions with national telco customers and government agencies.
  • Acted for the University of New South Wales as inhouse counsel in its Enterprise division, negotiating technology transfer and commercialisation agreements with key industry and government partners.
  • Acted for one of Australia’s most well-known performing artists in a multi-jurisdictional trademark dispute with a prominent US television personality.