Pearce IP features its Women in Science

by | Feb 15, 2021

In honour of UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Last Thursday was the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, marking 6 years since the United Nations officially declared that 11 February would be dedicated to this cause.  On 11 February each year, we are invited to recognise the critical role women play in science and technology communities, to promote and encourage greater participation of women and girls in education, employment and decision making in the sciences, and to celebrate the many achievements of women and girls in science.

At Pearce IP, we are proud to set a leading example of the capabilities of women of science in the intellectual property context.  All of our legal and patent professionals have science backgrounds, many to PhD level.  Our firm boasts a well-above average proportion of female scientists among our professional team, which at 70% of our professional team, may be the highest ratio of any Australian legal or attorney firm.  

  • Our Principal Naomi Pearce, holds a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Genetics & Biochemistry and has years of experience in life sciences companies working with scientists at the cutting edge of the development of small and large molecule medicines. This scientific expertise has underpinned her legal and patent practice for life sciences clients around the world for more than 24 years.
  • Special Counsel Jacinta Flattery-O’Brien, holds a PhD in Molecular Biology (with the university medal for outstanding academic excellence) and a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Genetics. Her life sciences clients have benefited from her scientific qualifications of the highest order for over 20 years.
  • Special Counsel, multi jurisdictional registered attorney, US qualified lawyer, and head of prosecution practice, Jennifer Enmon, holds a PhD in Biochemistry and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. Jennifer has drawn from her excellent technical background to advise pharma/biopharma/biotech clients in relation to patent prosecution strategies as well as validity, infringement, and freedom-to-operate advices for more than 15 years.
  • Special Counsel Kadri Elcoat, holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, which gives her a solid technical foundation in patent litigation and advice matters for pharma/biopharma clients.
  • Special Counsel Kate Legge, holds a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry, and has more than 15 years experience working closely with R&D teams in well known pharma/biopharma companies which has kept her technical foundation current and ready for use in patent advice and litigation matters for pharma/biopharma clients.
  • Associate Jessica Chadbourne, holds a PhD in Chemistry and a Bachelor of Science (with honours and the Sydney University medal for academic excellence), a background she leverages for the benefit of clients with portfolios across many diverse fields within the chemical sciences.
  • Our Regulatory Affairs Director, Lesley White, advises clients on regulatory strategies and compliance drawing from her scientific background with her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.

With a formidable professional team, all of whom have science backgrounds, comprising 70% of women with scientific expertise and qualifications up to the highest levels in science, Pearce IP recognises, promotes and celebrates the valuable skills women of STEM bring to the provision of legal and patent attorney services.

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