Kate likes intellectual property. A lot.

And, unlike her clients, she likes intellectual property disputes.
Luckily for her clients, she likes resolving them even more.

She also quite likes commercial conundrums – contracts and agreements like licences, franchises, manufacturing, settlement, confidentiality, publishing and sale and purchase agreements. Yes, she likes drafting contracts in her spare time.


Kate loves creatives and copyright too. 


Kate can sort out your intellectual property portfolio, provide strategy and defend and protect your good stuff in New Zealand, Australia and the rest of the world.

Kate has more than 15 years of experience in litigation and dispute resolution as well as two law degrees and being registered patent and trade mark attorney in New Zealand and Australia.  

Kate's two law degrees are from Victoria University of Wellington. She started with the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand in 2000 before becoming a team leader and Assistant Commissioner in 2001. Kate joined Baldwins Intellectual Property in 2002 and became a partner and head of litigation and commercial in 2010 before starting Catalyst Intellectual Property as a partner at the end of 2012.  

Kate runs her own business and will help you sort yours too.

Kate's approach is:

  • Human, but professional

  • Direct, but not abrasive

  • Expert, but not overly technical

  • Forward thinking, but pragmatic



LLB - Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

LLM(Hons) - Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Registered Patent Attorney - New Zealand and Australia

Registered Trade Mark Attorney - New Zealand and Australia

Professional Memberships

Intellectual Property Committee Member

Interview Panel Member for Practising on Own Account

New Zealand Law Society Member

Chair and New Zealand Committee Member - Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand

Member - New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys

Wellington District Law Society

Women in Law Committee Member

Trans Tasman Intellectual Property Attorney Board

Board Member