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Naomi Pearce

CEO, Executive Lawyer (AU, NZ), Patent & Trade Mark Attorney (AU, NZ)

BScLLB(Hons), MIP, GDLP
Masters of Industrial Property
Bachelor of Laws (with Honours)
Bachelor of Science (Molecular Genetics)
Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
Solicitor (NSW Supreme Court & High Court of Australia)
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 ranked in IAM Patent 1000, IAM Strategy 300, is a MIP “Patent Star”, and is recognised as a WIPR Leader for patents and trade marks. Naomi is the 2023 Lawyers Weekly “IP Partner of the Year”, the 2022 Lexology client choice award recipient for Life Sciences, the 2022 Asia Pacific Women in Business Law “Patent Lawyer of the Year” and the 2021 Lawyers Weekly Women in Law SME “Partner of the Year”.

Naomi is the founder of Pearce IP, which commenced in 2017 and won “IP Team of the Year” four years later at the 2021 Australian Law Awards, and continues winning awards to this day.

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 such as peptides, conjugates and mAbs, the emerging areas of personalised medicine, precision medicine/radiopharmaceuticals, psychedelics, and medical marijuana), medical devices, biotechnology, animal and veterinary healthcare agricultural technology (ag-tech), food technology (food-tech, including precision fermentation), medical technology (med-tech), gene editing technologies (including CRISPR), gene therapy, cell therapy,.

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 Pearce Awards

Partner of the Year Awards (Lawyers Weekly)

Finalist – Intellectual Property Partner of the Year (2024)
Winner – Intellectual Property Partner of the Year (2023)
Finalist – Intellectual Property Partner of the Year (2022)

Chambers and Partners

Patents: Naomi Pearce (2024)
Life Sciences: Naomi Pearce (2024)

Australasian Lawyer – Most Influential Lawyers

Most Influential Lawyers – Changemaker (2023)
Most Influential Lawyers – Changemaker (2022)

Client Choice Awards (Lexology)

Client Choice – Life Sciences (2022)

World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR)

WIPR Diversity Champion (2022)
Top 100 Influential Women in IP (2021)

IAM Patent 1000

Silver ranking - Litigation: (2024, 202320222021)
Recommended for litigation (2020)

IAM Strategy 300

Global Leader (2022, 2021, 2020)
World Leading IP Strategist (2022, 2021, 2020)

Managing IP Stars

IP Star (2024)
Patent Star (202320222021)
Practitioner of the Year Finalist (2023)

World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR)

WIPR Leaders: Patents and Trade Marks (20222021, 2020)

Women in Business Law Awards – APAC

Winner: Patent Lawyer of the Year (2022)
Shortlisted: Life Sciences Lawyer of the Year (2022)

Lexology Client Choice Award for Life Sciences

Winner: Client Choice Award for Life Sciences (2022)

Women in Law Awards (Lawyers Weekly)

Winner – Partner of the Year (SME Law): (2021)

Australasian Lawyer 5-Star Awards

5-Star Intellectual Property Lawyer: General IP (2021)

Lexology Legal Influencer

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

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 Tier 3 – prosecution (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 5-Star Awards 

5-Star Intellectual Property Law Firm (2021

Doyles Intellectual Property 

Doyles Leading Intellectual Property (2021, 2020) 

Doyles Recommended Intellectual Property (2021)

Latest Articles

IAM Patent 1000, 2024

Litigation (Silver)

“Pacing the group is eponymous founder Naomi Pearce. With a background in molecular biology and stints at global pharma heavyweights, she fully understands the IP needs of the industry leaders; her practice traverses the contentious/non-contentious divide with ease.”

The Legal 500 Intellectual Property Leading Firm, Australia 2023

The Legal 500

Client Choice Award: Life Sciences 2022

Lexology

Top 100 Influential Women in IP 2021

World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR)

"World Leading IP Strategist"

IAM Strategy 300 2020

IAM Strategy 300 2021

"Winner - Intellectual Property Team of the Year 2021"

Australian Law Awards (Lawyers Weekly)

"Global Leader IP Strategist"

IAM Strategy 300 2022

"Australasian Lawyer 5-Star Awards"

5-Star Intellectual Property Law Firm: Pearce IP (2021)

5-Star Intellectual Property Lawyer: General IP – Naomi Pearce (2021)

“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 – Individual Silver Ranking for Litigation 2022, 2021 Individual Silver Ranking for Litigation

"Lexology Legal Influencer"

Healthcare and Life Sciences (Australasia): Pearce IP (Q2 2022, Q1 2021, Q4 2020, Q3 2020)

Healthcare and Life Sciences (Cross-border): Pearce IP (2021)

Healthcare and Life Sciences (Australasia): Naomi Pearce (Q2 2022, Q1 2021, Q4 2020, Q3 2020)

 

"Patent Star 2022, 2021"

Managing IP Stars

"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 – Recommended for Litigation 2020

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

Women in Law Awards (Lawyers Weekly)

"Finalist – Intellectual Property 2022"

Partner of the Year Awards (Lawyers Weekly)

"Finalist – Intellectual Property Team of the Year 2022"

Australian Law Awards (Lawyers Weekly)

"Most Influential Lawyers: Changemaker 2022"

Australasian Lawyer – Most Influential Lawyers 

"Pearce IP Ranked Tier 3 - Prosecution"

MIP IP Stars 2022

"Pearce IP ranked bronze for litigation and prosecution"

IAM Patent 1000 2022

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

IAM Patent 1000 2021

"WIPR Leader"

Patents Leader – 2022, 2021, 2020

Trade Mark Leader – 2022, 2021, 2020

"Women in Business Law Awards - APAC"

Shortlisted: Australian Firm of the Year (2022)

Shortlisted: Patent Lawyer of the Year – Naomi Pearce (2022)

Shortlisted: Life Sciences Lawyer of the Year – Naomi Pearce (2022)

OUR VISION

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