Joanne Grant

Naomi Pearce

Executive Lawyer, Patent Attorney & Trade Mark Attorney
CEO & Managing Director

BScLLB(Hons), MIP, GDLP
Masters of Industrial Property
Bachelor of Laws (with Honours)
Bachelor of Science (Molecular Genetics)
Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
Solicitor, Registered Patent Attorney (AU, NZ)
Registered Trade Mark Attorney (AU, NZ)

Naomi is a market leading, strategic, commercially astute, patent lawyer, patent attorney and trade mark attorney, with over 25 years’ experience, and a background in molecular biology/biochemistry. 

Among other awards, Naomi is listed in IAM Patent 1000, IAM Strategy 300, is a MIP “Patent Star”, is ranked as a WIPR Leader, and was the recipient of the 2021 Lawyers Weekly Women In Law SME “Partner of the Year” award. 

Naomi is the founder of Pearce IP, which commenced in 2017 and won “IP Team of the Year” in the 2021 Australian Law Awards. 

Underpinning Naomi’s legal work is a deep understanding of life sciences industries, resulting from first-hand experience and knowledge as VP of IP in-house at global pharma giants, and Partner of a top-tier international law firm.

Naomi’s clients value her creative, pragmatic solutions to IP/legal “problems”, and she is recognised by industry as a market leader in patent litigation, freedom to operate (FTO) clearances, and strategic advice.

Drawing from her considerable in-house IP leadership experience and her experience as a partner and leader at a top-tier law firm with a global presence, Naomi builds elegant market entry strategies which align with clients’ commercial objectives, and are anchored with legal and technical excellence.  ​Naomi manages AU patent litigations in the Australian Courts and excels in multi-jurisdictional litigations. In addition to Australian patent office and federal court proceedings, Naomi has worked with agents overseas to build and manage US Hatch Waxman litigations, US BPCIA strategies and proceedings, CA PMNOC proceedings, patent litigations in AU, HK, UK, DE, NE, NZ, PO, IE (among other regions), and patent oppositions before EPO, AU and NZ. Naomi’s clients use her global litigation experience to assist them develop and manage global litigation strategies with many moving parts, and to coordinate global litigations.

Naomi’s industry focus is life sciences, with a particular focus on health, pharmaceuticals/ biopharmaceuticals (including small and large molecules (including peptides, conjugates and mAbs), the emerging areas of personalised medicine, precision medicine/radiopharmaceuticals, psychedelics, and medical marijuana), medical devices, biotechnology, medical technology, gene editing technologies (including CRISPR), gene therapy, cell therapy, and animal and veterinary healthcare.

Naomi has a significant practice assisting pharma/biopharma companies to prepare for the launch of generic and biosimilar medicines in Australia and overseas.   Naomi’s 13 years with global biosimilars responsibility at Pfizer (Hospira) and at executive level at Mylan put her ahead of the curve on issues relating to the global development and launch of generics and biosimilars.  

Naomi’s practice also includes branding, including trade mark prosecution, office actions, advice and litigation.  Her trade marks clients operate in a broad range of industries including life sciences, physical sciences, clean energy, nuclear fusion, fin-tech, med-tech, education, boating, FMCG, luxury home wear, health, and beauty services.

Naomi is a regular international speaker on life sciences IP issues.

Naomi trained at leading law firm Ashurst (1997 – 2002), spent 13 years leading the biopharma IP teams of Pfizer (Hospira) and Mylan (2002 – 2015) including at VP of IP level, is a former Partner of Big Law’s K&L Gates where she Co-Chaired the K&L Gates global Pharma/Biopharma Industry Group.

My Awards

Australian Law Awards (Lawyers Weekly)

Finalist – Intellectual Property Team of the Year: Pearce IP (2022)
Winner – Intellectual Property Team of the Year: Pearce IP (
2021)

Women in Law Awards (Lawyers Weekly)

Shortlisted – Life Sciences Lawyer of the Year: Naomi Pearce (2022)
Shortlisted – Patent Lawyer of the Year: Naomi Pearce (2022)
Winner – Partner of the Year (SME Law): Naomi Pearce (
2021)

Partner of the Year Awards (Lawyers Weekly)

Finalist – Intellectual Property: Naomi Pearce (2022)

World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR) WIPR Diversity

Top 100 Influential Women in IP: Naomi Pearce (2021)

IAM Patent 1000

Silver ranking (litigation): Naomi Pearce (2022, 2021)
Recommended: Naomi Pearce (2020)
Pearce IP as a firm listed and recommended:
2022, 2021 (litigation and prosecution)

IAM Strategy 300

Global Leader: Naomi Pearce (2021, 2020)
World Leading IP Strategist: Naomi Pearce (2021, 2020)

MIP IP Stars

Patent Star: Naomi Pearce (2022, 2021)
Firm: Pearce IP ranked: 2022 (Tier 3 – prosecution)

World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR)

Patent Leader: Naomi Pearce (2022, 2021, 2020)
Trade Mark Leader: Naomi Pearce (2022, 2021, 2020)

Australasian Lawyer 5-Star Awards

Most Influential Lawyers: Changemaker – Naomi Pearce (2022)
5-Star Intellectual Property Law Firm: Pearce IP (2021)
5-Star Intellectual Property Lawyer: General IP – Naomi Pearce (2021)

Lexology Legal Influencer

Healthcare and Life Sciences: Naomi Pearce (Q1 2021, Q4 2020, Q3 2020)

Latest Articles

"Winner - Intellectual Property Team of the Year 2021"

Australian Law Awards (Lawyers Weekly)

"Winner - Partner of the Year (SME Law) 2021"

Women in Law Awards (Lawyers Weekly)

“The “fiercely intelligent” Naomi Pearce “combines a unique skill set of being a science qualified lawyer and patent attorney with extensive in-house experience, allowing her to bring to the fore a very client-focused and practical approach.….This is, frankly, gold to clients because they have someone who genuinely understands their commercial needs and has combined it with the skills of a strategic litigator.” “Calm and confident,” Pearce manages to keep a cool head even when the pressure is on.”

IAM Patent 1000 2021

Individual Silver Ranking for Litigation

"Pearce is one of a kind in Australia. 'Able to read her client and the opposing party, she has a sixth sense as to resolving disputes strategically and efficiently.'"

IAM Patent 1000 2020

"Patent Star"

MIP IP Stars 2021

"Global Leader"

IAM Strategy 300 2021

IAM Strategy 300 2020

Influential Women in IP 2021

World Intellectual Property Review

"World Leading IP Strategist"

IAM Strategy 300 2022

IAM Strategy 300 2021

"Lexology Legal Influencer"

Q1 2021 Healthcare and Life Sciences – Australasia

Q4 2020 Healthcare and Life Sciences – Australasia

Q3 2020 Healthcare and Life Sciences – Australasia

"5-Star Intellectual Property Lawyer"

Australasian Lawyer 5-Star Awards 2021

"WIPR Leader"

World Intellectual Property Review 2021

World Intellectual Property Review 2020

OUR VISION

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