Norton Rose Fulbright appoints Frances Drummond as Global Head of IP

Global Press release - People June 2021

Norton Rose Fulbright’s Global Chief Executive Gerry Pecht today announced the appointment of Frances Drummond as the law firm’s Global Head of Intellectual Property. Frances’ appointment will take effect on July 1, 2021.

Based in Sydney, Frances will lead the firm’s global intellectual group of more than 250 lawyers worldwide. She has extensive experience of advising on international IP matters and worked in London and Hong Kong before settling in Australia.

Frances has been an IP lawyer for more than 30 years and has spent most of her career in Brands, covering all aspects including protection, enforcement and commercialization. In particular, Frances works for global businesses either managing their whole global portfolio or being the Australian adviser instructed from overseas. She advises clients from a range of industries on IP strategies, including pharmaceuticals, technology, consumer markets and retail, transport, energy, infrastructure, mining and financial institutions.

Frances is an experienced advocate in oppositions and other actions before the Registrar of Trade Marks. She also has extensive experience of enforcement actions before the courts and administrative authorities across Asia and in the Australian Federal Court. Frances has acted on the IP aspects of numerous IPOs, asset and share sales and other commercial transactions.

Gerry Pecht, Norton Rose Fulbright’s Global Chief Executive, said:

“Frances combines considerable energy and leadership vision with decades of advising clients on complex IP issues and strategies. She has proven global credentials, having worked in the UK, Hong Kong, Australia, and other regions. I am confident that with her leadership, our global IP practice will go from strength to strength”.

Frances Drummond, Global Head of Intellectual Property, said:

“I have had the pleasure of working closely with a substantial number of my global IP partners and their teams. The bringing together of global colleagues to deliver successful outcomes for our clients is my passion; this role will allow me to work collaboratively with our global IP team and clients to deliver this”.

Frances is a highly rated practitioner in several directories, with The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021 ranking her as a Leading Individual, and WIPR listing her as one of its Global Leaders in Private Practice for Trade Mark Law, as well as one of its 80 Most Influential Women in IP.

Frances, previously the firm’s Head of Intellectual Property in Australia, succeeds Minneapolis-based Tim Kenny, with whom she will continue to work closely on the development of the firm’s global IP practice.

Frances is admitted to practice in Australia, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom and is a UK Registered Trade Mark Attorney. A trained and accredited mediator, Frances is also an AICD qualified director and sits on the board of the not-for-profit organization, Good to Give. She is a member of the UK Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys and the Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group.

Frances becoming Global Head of IP is the latest in a series of global practice head appointments. The firm recently appointed Maartje Govaert as Global Head of Employment and Labor, Ayşe Yüksel Mahfoud as Global Head of Corporate, M&A and Securities and Nick Grandage as Global Head of Banking and Finance.

For further information please contact:

Alex Boxsell, Head of Digital, Communications & Experience, Norton Rose Fulbright in Australia

Tel: +61 (0)2 9330 8165; Cell: +61 (0)414 985 556


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