JACINTA FLATTERY-O'BRIEN PhD
Registered Patent Attorney (AU, &NZ)
Doctor of Philosophy (Molecular Biology), University of New South Wales
B Sc(hons) Biochemistry University of NSW (University Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement)
Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies
Jacinta is a trusted and recognised leader in biotech/pharma patenting, identified as an "IP Star" by the highly regarded Managing Intellectual Property Journal (MIP) for her expertise.
She is a registered patent attorney with 20 years' experience serving clients in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries.
Prior to being appointed as a Special Counsel of Pearce IP in 2020, Jacinta was a partner/principal for 14 years at specialist IP firm Shelston IP, where she was head of the biotechnology group.
Jacinta has extensive experience working with global biotech/ pharma/ biopharma companies to build and strategically protect their IP position. Her clients particularly value her responsiveness as well as her practical and commercially relevant advice delivered in a clear and concise manner.
Jacinta advises in relation to:
preparation and prosecution of applications for extension of term for patents covering blockbuster/high value pharmaceuticals (to date about 100 such applications);
prosecution of, and the provision of strategic advice relating to, patent applications in Australia, New Zealand and internationally;
patent oppositions at the Australian Patent Office;
infringement and validity of patents;
drafting patent applications relating to biotech/pharma/biopharma inventions; and
prosecution of plant breeder's rights (PBR) applications (Jacinta is a PBR "Qualified Person", one of only a handful of Australian patent attorneys authorised by the Australian PBR office to certify PBRs).
Jacinta holds a PhD in molecular biology from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia. She enjoys working on complex matters relating to molecular biology, genetic engineering, biotechnology/protein expression, immunology, microbiology (eukaryotic and prokaryotic), stem cell technology, pharmaceuticals, biopharmaceuticals, veterinary products and plant breeder’s rights (PBRs).
Jacinta was a course coordinator at Macquarie University (INOV802 - Intellectual Property Creation, Strategy and Management) and has lectured at UNSW on the strategic management of IP in undergraduate and post-graduate courses for 19 years.