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Hannah Fas

STEM lawyer

Hannah Fas - intellectual property law

Studying science and law has given Hannah Fas the edge working in intellectual property law.

Playing with CO2 cartridge rockets, burning magnesium and dissecting frogs at school all got Hannah hooked on STEM. She went on to study a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) / Bachelor of Applied Science (Biotechnology), (now called a Bachelor of Biomedical Science) and says this combo has helped her stand out from the crowd when seeking career opportunities.

Having carved out her own path in STEM + law, Hannah currently works as an associate in intellectual property and technology at HopgoodGanim Lawyers. Here she assists with facilitating innovation through strategic intellectual property commercialisation and licensing. “I help startups and established companies in sectors including life sciences, tourism, resources, technology and fashion with comprehensive intellectual property protection, from registration to disputes,” she explains.

At the cutting edge

Working in her dream job is amazing, and Hannah says, “I am excited to go to work every day to work with STEM professionals on cutting-edge technologies before they are released to the market.” 

Mixing her passion for law and science, Hannah is proof that there are so many different career paths when it comes to STEM. “Being involved in STEM doesn’t necessarily mean working in a lab or wearing steel-capped boots,” she says. “STEM needs lawyers too, and my clients appreciate my technical background as I’m able to ‘speak their language’.”

Hannah also credits her STEM studies for equipping her with skills like creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research that are super handy to have in the legal industry.

If you’re interested in a STEM career path, Hannah recommends thinking outside the box and saying yes to every new opportunity. “You never know where it could take you!”

Hannah’s study and career path

  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours) / Bachelor of Applied Science (Biotechnology), QUT
  • Lawyer, Digital and Intellectual Property, McCullough Robertson Lawyers 
  • Legal Counsel, Secondee, Flight Centre Travel Group 
  • Associate, Intellectual Property and Technology, HopgoodGanim Lawyers

This article was created in partnership with QUT and originally appears in the QUT STEM Guide 2022.

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