Stephanie Patterson
Special Counsel
Kath Booth
Jackie Lazar
Andrew Vincent
Laura Driscoll
Special Counsel
Miriam Asar
Lucy Masters
Melissa Doran
Special Counsel

Sarah Gilkes


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, energy and 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. 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.


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

  • LL.M, LL.B, B.A. (Hons) – University of New South Wales
  • Admitted to practice in New South Wales and Victoria
  • Acted for Alquemie Group Holdings Pty Ltd on its licensing agreement with Disney for the rights to the National Geographic lifestyle concept in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Acted for ASX-listed Calix Limited on the licensing of its patented CO2 mitigation technology as part of the strategic investment by global decarbonisation investor, Carbon Direct Capital Management in Calix’s European subsidiary.
  • 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 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.