Shelley became a partner of the firm in 2010, having joined the firm in May 2002. Shelley previously spent time working for patent attorney firms in Auckland and Sydney.
Shelley is a registered patent attorney specializing in the broad field of biotechnology. She has particular experience in the areas of molecular biology, biochemistry, genetic engineering, and immunology.
Shelley has experience advising clients on IP protection strategies, obtaining protection for new innovations, defending IP, and providing competitive intelligence and infringement advice. She also has experience in the strategic management of patent portfolios. Her clients include both New Zealand and off-shore entities that operate in a broad range of industries including clean technology, agriculture, food technology, horticulture, human healthcare and pharmaceuticals.
Shelley’s science study concentrated on biochemistry and molecular biology. Her MSc research focused on the molecular and genetic aspects of a human neurological disorder (Adrenoleukodystrophy), resulting in the development of a diagnostic test for the disorder.
Following university, Shelley conducted research at the University of Auckland Medical School. Her research focused on the molecular aspects of Multiple Sclerosis.
Shelley recently completed a MMgt degree, with a particular focus on new ventures and the entrepreneurial process.
• Molecular Genetics
• Human health care including pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals
• Food technology
IPSANZ (Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand)
IPTA (Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia)
NZIPA (New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys) - Fellow
Beta Gamma Sigma (International Honor Society)
2009 Master of Management - University of Auckland
1995 Master of Science (Hons I) (Molecular Genetics) - University of Auckland
1992 Bachelor of Science (Molecular Biology and Biochemistry) - University of Auckland