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Jenny Petering – Of Counsel
Jenny Petering is of counsel in our Melbourne Biotechnology team and 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. She has been recognised as an IP Star for patent prosecution in Managing Intellectual Property, 2019/20.
Full Bio

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.

Jenny has been recognised regularly in Intellectual Asset Management’s World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, this year being noted as the best on offer in biotechnology. It also noted:

“Petering is intimately familiar with her industry and cooperates seamlessly with R&D teams to deliver responsive and pragmatic advice”.

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.

Education & Industry Expertise


  • BSc (Hons) majoring in biochemistry and genetics from Monash University
  • PhD in molecular biology from the University of Adelaide

Key Areas of Expertise

  • Stem cells
  • Antibody technology
  • Protein evolution technique
  • Diagnostics
  • Targets for drug development
  • Gene cloning
  • Gene expression
  • Transgenic animals
  • Yeast genetics
  • Agricultural systems

Industry Focus

  • Biotechnology
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