Katrina Howard SC
Katrina Howard is an internationally renowned patent barrister. With her strong technical background in life sciences, she has focussed on patent litigation relating to pharmaceuticals and biotechnology including vaccines, gene-editing, antibodies and biosimilars, but practises in all areas of technology including medical devices, chemistry, physics, engineering and IT. She has an interest in any other area of law where technology is involved.
Katrina is also a mediator (Harvard certified and accredited by Australian Disputes Centre), and on the World Trade Organisation IP Disputes Settlement Panel.
Year of Admission to the NSW Bar: 1993
Year of Appointment as Senior Counsel: 2006
Katrina was recognised in 2023 Leading Adviser Awards as Leading BioTech Patent Litigator of the Year – Australia.
Listed as a Leading IP Silk in Legal 500's 2023 Asia Pacific Guide. "Katrina is utterly adept at shaping clear arguments based perfectly on the technical detail of her cases. This marrying of legal skill with technical insight results in an impressive performance when presenting in court; a quality that is often highlighted during the unscripted cut and thrust with judges, when she frequently outshines her opposing counsel."
Exclusive winner Client Choice Awards 2022, Life Sciences.
Katrina Howard SC was named as Global Elite Thought Leader in Who’s Who Legal: Life Sciences: Patent Litigation 2022 and 2023. She is described as “a case winner” who is “excellent at drafting affidavits, and easily understands science in any case” and “has excellent knowledge of the law and federal court practice”.
Katrina Howard SC "combines an excellent scientific background with a deep knowledge of patent law" and is "an internationally renowned patent litigator with a prolific background in the life sciences”: Who’s Who Legal: Patents 2021 and Who’s Who Legal: Life Sciences 2021.
Katrina Howard SC is the first (and only) female silk to have been ranked in the top band in Intellectual Property in Australia in recent years by Chambers & Partners, Asia-Pacific Guide:
• 2022: “Katrina Howard SC of Ninth Floor Selborne Chambers is recommended by more than one source for her particularly strong expertise in the patent field, where her academic background in biochemistry, microbiology and pharmacology constitutes a notable asset. One interviewee observes: "I can confidently rely upon Katrina's ability to understand both the scientific and the legal aspects of the case." In addition to being seen as "a first-choice counsel in the pharma field," she is also praised as a silk who not only "works extremely hard and is on top of the material," but also shows an "ability to think outside the square when formulating arguments."
• 2021: “Katrina Howard SC of Ninth Floor Selborne Chambers is widely identified as "a leading IP senior counsel," recommended by more than one source for her particularly strong expertise in the patent field, where her academic background in biochemistry, microbiology and pharmacology constitutes a notable asset. One source succinctly identifies her as "someone you always want on your team."
• 2020: "Rising in the rankings, Katrina Howard SC of Ninth Floor Selborne Chambers is held in high regard for her expertise in complex patent litigation. She is a popular choice among pharmaceutical and biotechnology corporations seeking representation in complex patent cases, where she is able to draw on her scientific background. One source finds that she is "a sharp scientist and a tenacious advocate who forms trusted relationships with experts and is a skilled cross-examiner." Another interviewee enthuses: "She is particularly outstanding as appeal counsel. She's able to distil an argument and present it in a way that is adaptive to the court's needs. She has excellent client rapport and understands the commercial drivers for ligation."
Named as one of the Best Barristers in Australia from 2015 to 2022.
Recommended as Leading Intellectual Property Senior Counsel 2021, 2022 and 2023 in Doyles Guide, Australia.
Euromoney’s Women in Business Law Expert Guide, Patents, 2021 and 2022