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.


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.


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

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


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.


  • Monash University double degree in 4½ years

  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science, 2017

  • Bachelor of Laws (with Honours), 2017

  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, 2017


  • Admitted to Supreme Court of Victoria, 2018

  • Member of Law Institute of Victoria

Kate Bogue, Trademark Paralegal at Burns IP, intellectual property lawyers in Melbourne.


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.


Kate is currently completing a Diploma of Legal Services. 

Skye Hardie is a Chartered Accountant at Burns IP, Intellectual Property Law Firm.

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

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


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


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

Jane Watts is the administrative assistant at Burns IP, Intellectual Property Law Firm in Melbourne.

administrative assistant

Jane Watts

Jane has over 15 years of experience in providing high-level administrative support in commercial and legal fields. With strong organisation skills, Jane balances meetings, scheduling and communication tasks to ensure key projects meet deadlines.

Jane previously worked at Heyday Group, Skansen Brands and AdvantageLine. When Jane is not in the office, she is busy putting her personal training clients through their paces.


  • Business Administration Certificate III, Castle Hill TAFE (December 1999)

  • Certificate IV in Business (Frontline Management) (December 2006)

  • Creative Suite Complete (Level 1) Fearless (2008)