Sharon is an associate in AJ Park’s Auckland engineering and IT team. She combines her expertise in law and engineering to help clients protect their innovations and bring their ideas to life.
Sharon joined AJ Park in 2016. Practising in all areas of patent law for mechanical and manufacturing technologies, Sharon’s main areas of expertise include drafting patent specifications and prosecuting patent applications. She also advises on patentability and freedom to operate.
Sharon completed conjoint engineering and law honours degrees at the University of Auckland. An interest in these areas naturally led her to intellectual property law, a profession that bridges these fields.
Sharon works with a range of clients including individuals, SMEs, universities and large multi-national corporates.
Methodical, efficient and approachable, Sharon enjoys working closely with clients to achieve their goals.
It’s inspiring to work with creators from different fields, and to be among the first to encounter new inventions and technology. What’s really fulfilling is the opportunity to be part of a process that brings ideas to life.
Sharon has previously worked at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute, where she researched new engineering solutions in the areas of biology and human physiology. She has also worked as a teaching assistant at the University of Auckland’s Department of Engineering Science.
I enjoy working with clients who create game-changing, innovative products and services. Understanding the law allows me to help protect those ideas from exploitation and create value for businesses.
When not at the office, Sharon likes to stay active playing indoor netball, swimming and hiking.
- BE (Hons) (Biomedical), University of Auckland
- LLB (Hons), University of Auckland
- Master of Intellectual Property, University of Technology Sydney
- Admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
- Registered Patent Attorney (New Zealand & Australia)
- Registered Trade Marks Attorney (Australia)
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Article \ 29 Apr 2020
The importance of marking your products with the patent number
In some countries, to claim damages against infringers of your patent, you must have patent markings on your patented product. Marking laws…