Melissa McGrath is a partner of Mills Oakley. She is a specialist IP lawyer and litigator with qualifications in biochemistry and law. Melissa works primarily with global and domestic entities in the life sciences, media, technology and FMCG industries.  Melissa is particularly experienced in providing strategic advice and dispute resolution on patentable/ed inventions and innovations in the pharmaceutical sector. More broadly she advises on how to most effectively gain competitive commercial advantage through protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights (including confidential information and trade secrets) or steering a company to avoid business disruption and costs by unnecessarily encroaching on existing rights. Melissa is consistently recognised amongst the world’s leading IP lawyers by peer and client reviews with recent reports highlighting Melissa’s ‘responsive and flexible’ approach and ‘sharp business acumen.’ Melissa has an active interest in leadership and mentoring and has completed Harvard Business School’s High Potentials Leadership executive course. She is particularly interested in the application of values based organisation paradigms to corporate commercial cultures.