Patent & Trade Mark
Jenny Petering
Jenny Petering
Of Counsel

Level 14, 90 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel +61 3 8618 4106
Fax +61 3 8618 4199
Recent Publications
09 Dec 2015
National Science & Innovation Agenda, Australia, BioMelbourne

07 Oct 2015
Today the High Court unanimously allowed an appeal from a decision of the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia and held that an isolated nucleic acid, coding for a mutant BRCA1 protein, was not a "patentable invention". The question now is how this decision will be applied by the Australian Patent Office and by courts in the future when assessing patent applications or previously granted patents covering isolated nucleic acids. There is also a concern that the decision will be applied to patent applications and patents which cover other naturally occurring products, such as antibodies, polypeptides or stems cells.

27 May 2015
FB Rice Partner, Jenny Petering, and Trainee Attorney, Prue Cowin, have collaborated with other authors on a new book titled ‘Intellectual Property in Molecular Medicine’, a Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press publication.

Jenny is one of the leading practitioners in the Australian Biotechnology space. She has extensive experience in managing international patent portfolios, including strategic planning, due diligence, infringement and patentability advice, and coordinating opposition proceedings. Jenny is regularly singled out by industry reviews of the world’s leading patent prosecutors, including Intellectual Asset Management, both for her exceptional technical ability and her commitment to clients. Intellectual Asset Management’s World’s Leading Patent Practitioners recognised Jenny in 2015 and 2016 as follows:

‘“Through and through exceptional”, Jenny Petering sets the benchmark for excellence in biotechnology; there are few advancements in the space that don’t pass through her hands.’

 ‘…(a) client-focused practitioner who gives timely and on-point advice”; she is also a drafter par excellence.’

With vast experience managing extensive portfolios, Jenny acts for a broad range of clients including universities, hospitals, co-operative research centres and research institutes as well as corporates, ranging from start-up companies through to those appearing on the global stage. They all have one thing in common in that they work on cutting-edge biological advancements, and clients have said that Jenny can be depended upon to produce flawless prosecution.

Jenny is a leading advocate for Australian technological sciences and is actively involved in many leading industry groups. She is often sought after to lead discussion on patent and intellectual property strategy topics. Jenny’s membership at Scale Angels supports early stage companies with advice and mentoring, connecting entrepreneurs to strategic partners and access to funding. Jenny also sits on the Expert Advisory Panel at Industry Mentoring Network in Stem (IMNIS), a mentoring program joining experienced industry individuals with PhD students to promote and advocate innovation in technological sciences and engineering. She has accepted a seat on the Science, Medical Research and Technology (SMaRT) Panel and will be part of a leading team of advisors to the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.

Currently Of Counsel with the firm, Jenny was a partner with FB Rice for 15 years, and now pursues external activities supporting the advancement of the biotechnology industry. She is also a Senior Fellow in the Melbourne Law Masters at Melbourne University.

  • BSc (Hons) majoring in biochemistry and genetics from Monash University
  • PhD in molecular biology from the University of Adelaide
Key Areas of Expertise
  • Antibody technology
  • Protein evolution technique
  • Diagnostics
  • Targets for drug development
  • Gene cloning
  • Gene expression
  • Transgenic animals
  • Adult and embryonic stem cells
  • Yeast genetics
  • Agricultural systems

Industry Focus

Professional Affiliations
  • Fellow of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia
  • Registered New Zealand patent attorney
  • Member of AusBiotech
  • Member of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • Member of International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property
  • Member of Asian Patent Attorneys Association