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Katherine Rock

Katherine Rock
 
The recognition and mentorship opportunities that come with the 30% Club Scholarship will be invaluable in terms of developing my gender balance advocacy skills and networks.

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

Initially, I chose to embark on an MBA in order to pivot from intellectual property services into technology transfer and commercialisation. However, over the past few months this goal has become more nuanced, thanks to the reflective preparation required at Cambridge. In particular, after founding my own intellectual property services company two months ago, I intend to utilise the MBA at Cambridge to scale the business, including implementing and commercialising bespoke legal tech products.  

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far

My greatest accomplishment so far is being awarded the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA) Institute Prize 2015 in recognition of excellence in qualifying exams and leadership potential in the industry. The Prize is awarded, at most, once per year in the entirety of Australia to the top new patent attorney, and is the most prestigious award the industry offers in this country. 

How do you feel about being awarded a scholarship or bursary?

Gender balance, especially in senior management and leadership positions, is a particular interest of mine - having conducted panel discussions, and published my own original research regarding the gender composition among professionals in my own industry. The recognition and mentorship opportunities that come with the 30% Club Scholarship will be invaluable in terms of developing my gender balance advocacy skills and networks.

Something that not many people know about you

Whilst I am now a practising patent and trademarks attorney, I began my career as a programmer and software techie – graduating best in class in my Information Technology degree and Microelectronics degree.

Scholarship awarded

30% Club Scholarship

Nationality

Australian/British

Education

BEng/B InfoTech, Griffith University

Pre-MBA career

Patent and Trade Marks Attorney, Davies Collison Cave