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Intellectual property


Meet the team

"They provide prompt and commercially savvy advice." Chambers Asia Pacific 2016

‘Recognised for its global and domestic brand protection and IP portfolio management expertise as well as for its experienced litigation team. In demand for its abilities in connection with IP exploitation particularly within the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors.’ Chambers Asia Pacific 2016

‘Melbourne-based practice head Cameron Harvey is recommended for contentious work and in Sydney, Frances Drummond, who is ‘easily approachable and accessible’, is a key contact for trade marks and the commercialisation of IP.’ Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2016

“Norton Rose Fulbright is praised for its ‘responsive’ service, in-depth industry knowledge and cost-consciousness and practical approach.’ Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2015

‘Norton Rose Fulbright is a magnet for global companies seeking consistent protection of their intellectual property worldwide. Seamless integration of its teams in different territories ensures it can coordinate international portfolios in a way that alleviates many of the organisational headaches that plague in-house counsel. The Australian contingent has lately been winning instructions from top domestic brands.’ Frances Drummond (gold tier) is “a technically savvy lawyer who truly understands her clients’ needs”. ‘Jackie O’Brien shines for her robust performances in enforcement and litigation; always happy to give back.’ World Trade Mark Review 2016

Our team of more than 50 professionals is an established force in the Australian IP scene. We are one of the few firms that can provide strategic counsel that coordinates each of the three stages of the IP life cycle, wherever in the world our clients’ IP lies.

In a climate where many of our clients are looking for their IP rights to be managed holistically across borders, we can offer consistency of service and streamlined processes operating in the global IP space through our own offices. We can and do manage the complexities of cross border IP litigation, providing a one matter approach.

Our clients are longstanding: major brands continue to work with us because our advice adds value to their businesses. We take a strategic approach to handling their IP matters balancing their business needs with legal outcomes.

Asia Pacific’s leading businesses come to us for our IP portfolio management and litigation expertise in hospitality and travel, financial institutions, banking, insurance, food technology, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, information technology, entertainment and broadcasting. Our professionals have advanced scientific degrees to complement their practical experience.

Our lawyers are some of the finest litigators and experts in the enforcement of intellectual property rights (including patents, trade marks, copyright and database rights, unregistered and registered designs, and the law of passing off) and have appeared in trial and appellate courts around the world.

We are market leaders in the commercialisation of IP rights in Australia and act for many of Australia’s leading brands. 

We offer you:

  • a tailored approach to handling your IP matters, balancing your business needs with legal outcomes
  • the ability to manage your IP rights holistically across borders; being one of the only Australian firms operating in the global IP space through its own offices
  • one of the best prosecution and litigation practices in Australia
  • deep industry knowledge in pharmaceuticals and life sciences, information technology, transportation, mining and commodities, financial services, and energy
  • cost effective advice which adds value to your business;
  • billing models to suit your business


Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2016 Recommended Lawyers - Cameron Harvey and Frances Drummond

World Trade Mark Review 1000, Intellectual Property Ranked Silver 2016 - Frances Drummond Ranked Gold for trade mark prosecution, Jackie O'Brien Ranked Silver for IP litigation

Doyle’s Guide, Intellectual Property – Cameron Harvey and Jackie O’Brien Recommended 2015

Best Lawyers - Frances Drummond, Cameron Harvey and Jackie O’Brien

IP Stars - Frances Drummond, Cameron Harvey, Jackie O’Brien