Linda Kennaugh
Dispute Resolution, Patents
Agribusiness, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices, Medical Technology, Universities and Research Organisations
Principal & National Practice Group Leader - Formalities

Prior to joining the patent profession, I spent ten years in research and completed my PhD in the field of biochemistry.

During that time, I worked within the University of Western Australia on a number of research projects, including studying the role of various proteins in the development of respiratory diseases, investigating the role of cytochrome P450 and esterases in the development of pesticide resistance.

Now, qualified as both a Patent Attorney and a Trade Marks Attorney, I practise predominantly in the area of patents across Australia and New Zealand. I have extensive experience in drafting patent specifications, patent prosecution, and oppositions on behalf of both local and overseas clients. I also have extensive experience in providing patent validity and freedom to operate assessments, as well as providing patent litigation support.

My practice focuses on the life sciences sector where I primarily work with large pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, university researchers and direct pharmaceutical companies, both locally and overseas.

The outcomes I deliver for my clients include gaining patent protection, enforcement of patent rights via opposition proceedings, and assistance with patent litigation. This translates to value through cost-effective, strategic decision-making together with my knowledge of Australian and New Zealand law.

I thoroughly enjoy using my knowledge and experience to assist my clients, as well as interacting with the inventors and their technology. I firmly believe that this interest in my client’s achievements assists with gaining the best protection for their inventions.


  • Australian Patent and Trade Marks Attorney
  • New Zealand Patent Attorney

Industry Areas

  • Life Science & Biotechnology
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Medical Technologies

Educational Background

  • PhD Biochemistry
  • Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours) in Biochemistry

Professional Affiliations

  • Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (Fellow)
  • Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Member)
  • Intellectual Property Society of Australia & New Zealand (Member)