Nadia Pece-Barbara
Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices, Medical Technology, Universities and Research Organisations
Senior Patent Consultant

I have been practising for over 18 years as a patent attorney, IP strategist and technology commercialisation specialist primarily in the Life Sciences, Pharma, MedTech and Biotechnology sectors. I am driven to help clients in all areas of protecting, maintaining and translating their IP to market.

I have enjoyed assisting numerous local and international clients from small biotech companies to big pharma and universities in all aspects of patent practice, drafting patents, oppositions, validity and patentability opinions, freedom-to-operate, patent landscape assessments, management of global IP portfolios, and providing strategic advice on IP commercialisation.

My experience includes roles in Universities and Medical Research Institutes where I managed and negotiated IP licensing/contract matters and spin-out creation with oversight on complete deal management including IP capture, preparing and filing for protection, maintaining IP rights, IP ownership, market position analysis, risk and commercial due diligence, managing regulatory processes and pitching projects for investment. I currently also hold a casual academic position with the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology Sydney teaching patent practice subjects required for registration as a patent attorney in Australia and New Zealand. I am the Subject Co-ordinator for Patent Law and Lead Lecturer for Patent Practice and I assist with teaching Interpretation and Validity of Patent Specifications.

I am a scientist at heart, and I love hearing about the latest technologies from my clients and helping them succeed in bringing those technologies to market. Prior to entering the patent attorney profession, I obtained a PhD in Immunology from the University of Toronto and completed postdoctoral work at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute. Much of my research focussed on receptors and signalling mechanisms of the TGF-beta superfamily in vasculature, immune cells, wound healing, cell migration/adhesion, inflammation and cancer. I have published and presented my research extensively in peer-reviewed journals and at international conferences.

My extensive research background coupled with my attorney and technology transfer experience enables me to create valuable partnerships with clients providing a tailored commercially focused approach to meet clients’ specific and changing needs.


  • AU Patent and Trade Marks Attorney
  • NZ Patent Attorney

Industry Areas

  • Life Sciences and Biotechnology
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Health and Medical Technologies
  • Veterinary and Agriculture
  • Plant Breeder’s Rights

Educational Background

  • Graduate Diploma Intellectual Property Law
  • PhD (Immunology)
  • Master of Science (Molecular Biology and Genetics)
  • Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry)

Professional Affiliations

  • Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (Member)
  • Intellectual Property Society of Australia & New Zealand (Member)
  • Licensing Executives Society of Australia and New Zealand (Member)
  • AusBiotech (Member)

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