Joanne Grant

Katrina Crooks

Executive Lawyer and Patent Attorney

Head of Litigation

LLM(Hons), LLB(Hons), BCom
Masters of Laws (Cantab) (First Class Honours)
Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours, Gold Medal in Law)
Bachelor of Commerce
Solicitor of the High Court of Australia and Supreme Court of NSW
Registered Trans-Tasman Patent Attorney (Australia and New Zealand)
Enrolled Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand (non-practising)
Enrolled Irish Solicitor (non-practising)

Katrina brings to her clients around 25 years of frontline intellectual property litigation experience, including a wealth of international experience. She has been recognised in a number of highly regarded ranking publications, including being listed as a Leading Contentious IP Lawyer in Doyles Guide (NSW) 2020 and 2021.

Throughout her career, Katrina has focussed on patent litigation and dispute resolution in the life sciences and chemistry fields, acting for numerous global leaders in pharmaceuticals, animal health, agri tech and food tech, nutraceuticals, medical devices, biotechnology and related areas.   In addition to representing clients in high value Federal Court patent litigation and appeals, she resolves many disputes out of Court and regularly advises on complex questions of IP infringement and validity and patent strategy. Katrina has also successfully represented clients in numerous patent oppositions in the APO, often appearing as counsel. In addition to patent work, Katrina has extensive experience in copyright, confidential information and trade mark matters.

Katrina is praised by clients for both her legal excellence and her strategic, commercial approach to dispute resolution. Dual qualified as both a lawyer and a patent attorney, Katrina quickly gets to grips with technical information to inform legal approach. She also regularly works with multi-jurisdictional lawyer teams, participating in global strategies to achieve the client’s commercial imperatives. 

Katrina is qualified as a lawyer and patent attorney in Australia. She is also an enrolled barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand (non-practising) and enrolled as a solicitor in Ireland (non-practising). In addition to a number of years’ experience in IP litigation in leading commercial and intellectual property firms Kensington Swan and James & Wells in New Zealand, for over seven years Katrina was based in the highly regarded IP team of McCann FitzGerald, one of Ireland’s largest commercial law firms, acting for numerous global pharmaceutical clients, with a strong focus on European patent strategy. Prior to joining Pearce IP, Katrina was a partner/principal for seven years at Shelston IP, co-heading the litigation department.

Katrina maintains a strong interest in intellectual property policy and education. She currently sits on the Intellectual Property Committee of the Australian Law Council and the Trans-Tasman Committee of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand. She has also guest lectured on IP topics at the University of Technology Sydney and regularly writes on IP issues.

My Awards

Australian Law Awards (Lawyers Weekly)

Finalist – Intellectual Property Team of the Year: Pearce IP (2022)
Winner – Intellectual Property Team of the Year: Pearce IP (2021)

Partner of the Year Awards (Lawyers Weekly)

Finalist – Intellectual Property: Katrina Crooks (2022)

The Best Lawyers in Australia®

Intellectual Property: Katrina Crooks (2023)

Doyles Guide

Leading Contentious IP Lawyer NSW: Katrina Crooks (2022, 2021, 2020)

IAM Patent 1000

Bronze ranking (Litigation): Katrina Crooks (2022)
Firm: Pearce IP ranked bronze for litigation and prosecution (2022)
Firm: Pearce IP ranked bronze for litigation and recommended for prosecution (2021)

Managing IP Stars

Firm: Pearce IP ranked – Tier 3 prosecution (2022)

World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR)

WIPR leaders: Katrina Crooks for Patents and Trade Marks (2022)

Women in Business Law Awards – APAC

Shortlisted: Australian Firm of the Year (2022)

Australasian Lawyer 5-Star Awards

5-Star Intellectual Property Law Firm: Pearce IP (2021)

Lexology Legal Influencer

Healthcare and Life Sciences (Australasia):
Pearce IP (Q2 2022, Q1 2021, Q4 2020)
Healthcare and Life Sciences (Cross-border): Pearce IP (2021)

Latest Articles

"Winner - Intellectual Property Team of the Year 2021"

Australian Law Awards (Lawyers Weekly)

"Finalist - Intellectual Property Team of the Year 2022"

Australian Law Awards (Lawyers Weekly)

"Leading Contentious Intellectual Property Lawyer"

Doyles Guide 2022 (NSW)

Doyles Guide 2021 (NSW)

Doyles Guide 2020 (NSW)

"The Best Lawyers in Australia®"

Intellectual Property 2023

"5-Star Intellectual Property Law Firm"

Australasian Lawyer 5-Star Awards 2021

"Pearce IP Ranked Tier 3 - Prosecution"

MIP IP Stars 2022

"Bronze ranking (Litigation): Katrina Crooks"

IAM Patent 1000 2022

"Pearce IP bronze ranking for litigation and recommended for prosecution"

IAM Patent 1000 2021

"Pearce IP ranked bronze for litigation and prosecution"

IAM Patent 1000 2022

"WIPR Leader"

Patents Leader – 2022

Trade Mark Leader – 2022

"Pearce IP - Lexology Legal Influencer"

Healthcare and Life Sciences (Australasia):
Pearce IP (Q2 2022, Q1 2021, Q4 2020)

Healthcare and Life Sciences (Cross-border): Pearce IP (2021)

"Partner of the Year Awards (Lawyers Weekly)"

Finalist – Intellectual Property: Katrina Crooks (2022)

"Women in Business Law Awards - APAC"

Shortlisted: Australian Firm of the Year (2022)


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