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Carol Johns PhD

Carol Johns PhD

Associate Patent Attorney (US), Lawyer (US)

PhD, BA (Biochem)
PhD (Biology, Immunology)
Bachelor of Arts (Magna cum laude), Biochemistry
Registered Patent Attorney (US)

Carol has more than 20 years’ experience supporting life sciences industries in private practice and in-house. With her roots as a US qualified patent attorney and registered US lawyer, Carol moved to New Zealand in 2019. She will be registered as a Trans-Tasman Patent Attorney (AU and NZ) in early 2024.

Predominantly, Carol has supported global biotech, biopharma and pharma companies as well as local clients including universities and research institutes.  In the US, Carol spent time in both private practice (with nearly 10 years at US firm Kilpatrick Townsend) and in-house at Roche Diagnostics¸ a leading global biopharma company. Carol comes to Pearce IP having most recently been employed by AJ Park, and subsequently Spruson & Ferguson, in New Zealand.

With a PhD in Biology from the University of California, San Diego and a JD from the University of California, Berkeley, Carol’s practice focuses on biopharmaceuticals and biotechnology including antibodies, CAR-T therapies, microbiomics, vaccines, anti-virals, biologics, medical devices, diagnostics, plants (including transgenics) and agricultural products.

Carol’s life sciences patent experience is deep and broad.   She has extensive experience on all aspects of attorney work including global portfolio management, drafting and prosecution, freedom-to operate opinions, infringement and validity opinions, strategic advice, and contentious challenges.

Carol enjoys supporting the Pearce IP litigation team, and has extensive experience in running contentious disputes in Australia, New Zealand, the US, UK, Germany, and before the EPO.  She loves learning about new scientific advances, and helping clients decide how best to commercialise their ideas. Carol also enjoys testing the strength of invalidity, infringement, and freedom to operate arguments, and providing straightforward, commercially relevant, advice.

My Awards

Chambers and Partners

Intellectual Property: Pearce IP (2024)

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 (2023, 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 2023Q2 2022Q1 2021Q4 2020)
Healthcare and Life Sciences (Cross-border): Pearce IP (Q3 2023Q2 2023Q1 2023)

Legal 500

Ranked as a market leading Intellectual Property firm (2023)

 

"Winner - Intellectual Property Team of the Year 2021"

Australian Law Awards (Lawyers Weekly)

"Finalist - Intellectual Property Team of the Year 2022"

Australian Law Awards (Lawyers Weekly)

"Pearce IP bronze ranking for litigation and recommended for prosecution"

IAM Patent 1000 2021

"Pearce IP ranked bronze for litigation and prosecution"

IAM Patent 1000 2022

"5-Star Intellectual Property Law Firm"

Australasian Lawyer 5-Star Awards 2021

"Pearce IP Ranked Tier 3 - Prosecution"

MIP IP Stars 2022

"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)

"Women in Business Law Awards - APAC"

Shortlisted: Australian Firm of the Year (2022)

OUR VISION

By 2027, be the premier life sciences IP practice in
Australia and New Zealand.