Anna Stines PhD
Special Counsel, Patent Attorney
PhD, MIP, BSc (Hons)
Doctor of Philosophy (Plant Biochemistry and Molecular/Cell Biology)
Master of Intellectual Property Law
Bachelor of Science (Molecular and Cell Biology)(Hons)
Registered Patent Attorney (AU, NZ)
Anna joined the patent profession over 20 years ago and is a registered Patent Attorney with extensive experience providing strategic advice and guiding biotechnology and pharmaceutical patents to grant in Australia and New Zealand.
Anna has extensive experience working with local and international clients on a wide range of intellectual property matters. Anna particularly enjoys solving complex problems, developing strategies and assisting clients in the areas of structural biology, protein engineering, genetics, genomics, antibody therapeutics, peptide and gene-based therapies and diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, transgenic plants, vaccine formulations and microbially-driven technologies.
Prior to joining Pearce IP as a Special Counsel, Anna was a Partner and Principal of specialist IP firm Pizzeys Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys.
Anna’s PhD project was focused on characterising the molecular biology and biochemistry of amino acid biosynthesis during grape berry ripening. The research was carried out at the CRC for Viticulture together with the University of Adelaide in order to investigate the effect of amino acid accumulation in grape berries on the wine fermentation process.
After completing her PhD, Anna’s postdoctoral work involved a proteomics-bases investigation of molecular chaperone assisted protein folding in mammalian and bacterial systems at the Max-Plank Institute for Biochemistry in Munich.
Australian Law Awards (Lawyers Weekly)
Finalist – Boutique Diversity Firm of the Year: Pearce IP (2022)
Finalist – Intellectual Property Team of the Year: Pearce IP (2022)
Winner – Intellectual Property Team of the Year: Pearce IP (2021)
IAM Patent 1000
Firm: Pearce IP ranked bronze for litigation and prosecution (2022)
Firm: Pearce IP ranked bronze for litigation and recommended for prosecution (2021)
Managing IP Stars
Firm: Pearce IP ranked – Tier 3 prosecution (2022)
Women in Business Law Awards – APAC
Shortlisted: Australian Firm of the Year (2022)
Australasian Lawyer 5-Star Awards
5-Star Intellectual Property Law Firm: Pearce IP (2021)
Lexology Legal Influencer
Healthcare and Life Sciences (Australasia): Pearce IP (Q2 2022, Q1 2021, Q4 2020)
Healthcare and Life Sciences (Cross-border): Pearce IP (2021)
Ranked as a market leading Intellectual Property firm (2023)
By 2027, be the premier life sciences IP practice in Australia.