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Donna Meredith

Associate, Patent & Trade Mark Attorney

MIP, BSc (hons)
Masters of Industrial Property
Bachelor of Science (biotechnology) (with Honours)
Registered Patent Attorney (AU, NZ)
Registered Trade Mark Attorney (AU, NZ)

Donna is a Patent and Trade Mark Attorney with more than 8 years’ post-qualification experience, and a background in biotechnology and biology.

Donna supports Australian and international clients in a range of life sciences fields including nanoparticles, pharmaceuticals, biopharmaceuticals, biotechnology, DNA sequencing, cell and gene therapy, CRISPR technologies, protein chemistry, formulation chemistry, chemical compounds, biofuels, plant varieties, ag-tech, food-tech and medical devices.

Donna has been responsible for the patent prosecution in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the United States and Canada, for a large global client specialising in DNA sequencing and detection of single nucleotide polymorphisms, conducting FTO reports, and providing validity and patentability opinions. Donna has also managed a global patent portfolio of 14 patent families for a local client specialising in production methods for manufacturing pharmaceutical nanoparticles.

Prior to joining Pearce IP, Donna was with Griffith Hack and before that, Wrays. She has also worked in-house at Teva Pharmaceuticals, and in various Research Assistant roles in both Australia and Germany, with a focus on respiratory diseases, cardiology and molecular biology.

Donna is also a Trade Mark Attorney and has filed and prosecuted trade mark applications to grant. She is also experienced in providing strategic advice relating to Plant Breeders Rights (PBRs) and seeking protection for the same.

Donna enjoys mentoring students and researchers in IP procedure and has acted as a pro-bono mentor for the Sydney branch of the SPARK Oceania project. SPARK Sydney is a program set up to fund and mentor researchers who have existing or new ideas in the health space, and to help them translate their IP into products or services that can benefit patients and the wider community.

Pearce IP Awards

Chambers and Partners

Intellectual Property – Tier 5 (2024, 2023)

Legal 500 Asia Pacific

Ranked as a Market Leading Intellectual Property Firm (2024)
Ranked as a Market Leading Intellectual Property Firm (2023)

IAM Patent 1000

Pearce IP ranked bronze for litigation and prosecution (2024, 2023, 2022, 2021)

Australian Law Awards (Lawyers Weekly)

Finalist – Boutique Diversity Firm of the Year (2022)
Finalist – Intellectual Property Team of the Year (2022)
Winner – Intellectual Property Team of the Year (2021)

Managing IP Stars

Pearce IP ranked for Patent Prosecution (2024, 2023, 2022)
Pearce IP ranked firm (2021)

Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards

Boutique Diversity Firm of the Year – Finalist (2022)

Women in Business Law Awards - APAC

Shortlisted – Australian Firm of the Year (2022)

Lexology Legal Influencer

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

Australasian Lawyer

Top Boutique Firm (2024) 

5-Star Intellectual Property Law Firm (2021)

Doyles Intellectual Property

Doyles Leading Intellectual Property (2021, 2020)

Doyles Recommended Intellectual Property (2021)

"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

"Women in Business Law Awards - APAC"

Shortlisted: Australian Firm of the Year (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)

The Legal 500, 2023, Intellectual Property, Australia

The Pearce IP team has an in depth understanding of the science and the pharmaceutical regulatory industry driving many of their client’s businesses.  They are passionate about achieving their client’s commercial objectives – and they are extremely hard-working and dedicated lawyers.


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