Amalia helps clients handle complex intellectual property issues arising on major projects, acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures and licences, with a commercial and pragmatic approach.
She has particular expertise in relation to IP issues that arise in connection with innovation, patent licensing, including advice relating to commercialisation of technology and pharmaceutical supply agreements, and brand licensing, including advising on franchise agreements and the Franchising Code of Conduct.
Amalia works with clients across a range of industry sectors, including government agencies and major commercial clients and has been seconded to clients in the financial services sector and a major food technology company.
Comments from client reviews about Amalia include “‘just awesome... Her IP protection work was fantastic and she really created some value add,”…and “having someone with her subject matter expertise and depth of experience has been a god send”; and she has “gone above and beyond to achieve the best outcome for [the client].”
Amalia co-authored the model form of Australian patent licence included in the International Licensing & Technology Transfer: Practice and the Law Kluwer Legal service with Adam Liberman, and contributed the chapter relating to intellectual property in "Before you tie the knot: Contemporary issues in joint venture law" (Ross Parsons Centre of Commercial, Corporate and Taxation Law monograph series; 16) .
Amalia has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Science (with first class honours in Theoretical Chemistry) from the University of Sydney. Amalia joined Freehills in 1996 and was admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1997.
Amalia’s experience includes:
- acting for Brooks Brothers in negotiating a major brand licence into an Australian joint venture with Oroton Group
- acting for Bank of Queensland in negotiating IP aspects of acquisition of Virgin Money Australia from the Virgin Group, including a long term trade mark licence
- advising Commonwealth Bank of Australia on IP aspects of its exit from its property funds management and property asset management platform, including branding and phase out issues
- acting for CSR in relation to IP aspects of its acquisition of building technology company AFS, including related licences
- acting for Department of Finance on the Scoping Study into ownership options for Australian Hearing Services, in particular IP issues arising in connection with National Acoustic Laboratories (AHS’ research arm)