Burns IP & Commercial - Intellectual Property Law Firm
IP, Trademark, Patent, Copyright Legal Services

Burns IP is a team of highly-skilled lawyers specialising in intellectual property.

Burns IP has a team of highly-skilled lawyers specialising in intellectual property, trademark, patent and copyright law.

Burns IP meets supplier diversity guidelines. 

Burns IP is led by Natasha Burns, a practising lawyer in Australia and the United States.


Burns IP has a team of lawyers specialising in intellectual property law.

Meet the Team

 
Natasha Burns is the founder and partner at Burns IP.

PARTNER

Natasha Burns

Natasha Burns is a practising lawyer in both Australia and the United States. As the managing director at Burns IP, Natasha specialises in developing IP strategies, trademark prosecution and litigation, licensing and the protection of intellectual property in new technologies. Her advice is sought after for matters in both Australia and international markets.

With more than 20 years of experience, Natasha has represented leading corporations from a variety of industries including hospitality, retail, food and beverage, fashion, oil and energy, automotive, telecommunications, and pharmaceuticals. She has managed the IP portfolios of some of the world's largest companies, advised clients in multi-million dollar commercial transactions and acted as lead attorney in prominent litigation matters spanning multiple jurisdictions.

Education

Macquarie University

  • Bachelor of Economics, 1994

  • Bachelor of Law, 1997

Melbourne University

  • Master of Intellectual Property Law (currently studying)

Activities & Affiliations

  • INTA (International Trade Mark Association)

Bar Admissions

  • New South Wales, Australia, 1997

  • New York United States, 1999

  • Victoria, Australia 2013


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TRADEMARK PARALEGAL

Kate Bogue

Kate Bogue joined Burns IP in 2016 as a Paralegal assisting with the prosecution of trademarks and managing the trademark renewal docket. She has quickly established herself as a vital part of the team.

Prior to working at Burns IP, Kate has worked in the private business sector in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Kate’s business experience brings a practical, level-headed approach to her role at Burns IP and she is ready to assist you with any questions you might have regarding the status of your trademarks.

Education

Diploma of Legal Services, College of Law, 2019


Tony Pietras is a registered patent agent with Burns IP, Intellectual Property Law Firm.

REGISTERED PATENT AGENT

Tony Pietras

Tony handles the patent prosecution work at Burns IP, including drafting patent specifications, filing patent applications in Australia, New Zealand and the PCT (International) Register, responding to examination actions and advising on patent infringement.

Tony has over 20 years handling patent work and is experienced in prosecuting patents in a wide variety of industries including: mechanical, electric, computer hardware, software, household products, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and gaming technology.

As a registered trans-tasman IP attorney, Tony can handle your patent matters in Australia, New Zealand and before the PCT (International) Register.

Activities & Affiliations

  • INTA (International Trade Mark Association)

  • Registered Trans-Tasman Patent Attorney

Education

Tony has a law and science degree from Victoria University of Wellington.


Scott Gan is a lawyer at Burns IP, specialising in Intellectual Property Law.

LAWYER

Scott gan

Scott is a meticulous lawyer with a difference.  His additional top-end achievement in the sciences lends an extra edge to your intellectual property matter, so that every patent or trademark application or proceeding attains a robust outcome.

Scott will also apply his highly valued in-house counsel experience and knowledge of the latest legal happenings to customise contracts and policies for you.  Scott’s accomplishment of two degrees one year ahead of peers exhibits his fierce determination for sterling results, a trait Scott will proudly employ in all your matters.

Education

  • Monash University double degree in 4½ years

  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science, 2017

  • Bachelor of Laws (with Honours), 2017

  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, 2017

Affiliations

  • Admitted to Supreme Court of Victoria, 2018

  • Member of Law Institute of Victoria


Ellie Royston Burns IP

Lawyer

ELLY ROYSTON

Elly is a recent law graduate with a strong background in business. Elly was the No.1 graduating student in her Bachelor of Business degree at Monash University and achieved outstanding academic results in her post-graduate Juris Doctor, including a distinction in the Harvard Law unit on copyright. 

Elly understands the challenges faced by businesses and teamed with her strong interest in all things tech, she is ready to assist you with your intellectual property and contract matters. 

Outside of work, Elly enjoys spending time with her greyhound, Murphy. 

Education 

Monash University

  • Bachelor of Business, 2014 (Majoring in Business Law and Management)

  • Juris Doctor, 2018

 Leo Cussen Centre for Law

·      Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, 2019

 Bar Admissions

  • Pending admittance to the Supreme Court of Victoria, December 2019


Skye Hardie Burns IP

Chartered Accountant

Skye Hardie 

Skye is a chartered accountant with over 17 years’ experience in both Chartered Accounting firms and industry including FMCG and Banking and Finance.  Her experience spans management accounting, assurance, business analytics, management reporting, statutory reporting, financial analysis and project management.

Skye is currently a board member of 2 community organisations in a voluntary capacity, serving as Treasurer to both.

Before moving to Burns IP, Skye worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Cadbury Schweppes Australia, Cadbury Schweppes UK, Blockbuster UK and the National Australia Bank.

Education and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor Arts/Commerce Monash University, 2000 (Majoring in Accounting and Japanese)

  • Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment (KAPLAN) completed in 2008

  • Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors

  • Admitted as Chartered Accountant to CA ANZ (Previously ICAA) 2002


Georgia McEwan Burns IP

Bookkeeper

GEORGIA McEWAN

Georgia joined the Burns IP team in 2018 and assists Skye in accounting matters. Georgia is currently completing her Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping, while learning on the job. She enjoys the flexibility of being able to work from home, which lets her take care of her 2-year old son, Harvey. 

Georgia is proud to be a part of the Burns IP team and strives to provide a professional service.

Qualifications

Currently completing Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping, TAFE


Laura Dann Burns IP

Law Clerk

LAURA DANN

Laura is a student at Monash University and is currently completing her Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce degrees. Under the supervision of the lawyers of the firm, Laura assists with legal research, contract review and patent and trademark prosecution. She is also seconded to clients of Burns IP when they require law clerk assistance. 

Laura is extremely organised and diligent. She is able to work accurately and with attention to detail.

When Laura isn’t studying or working, you will find her at the athletics track and on the football ground. Laura was a national-level athlete and currently plays football for Old Brighton Grammarians. As well as her own training, Laura also trains Sandringham Little Athletics and the Sacre Coeur school track team. 

Laura is excited to pursue a career in law.