Frances Drummond

Norton Rose Fulbright Australia

Frances Drummond

Frances Drummond



Frances is an intellectual property lawyer based in Sydney and is the Australia head of the intellectual property team.

She practices across all aspects of trade mark law including portfolio management, enforcement and exploitation. Frances' advises clients from a range of industries on intellectual property strategies including pharmaceuticals, technology, retail and brands, transport, energy, infrastructure, mining and financial institutions.

Frances has over 20 years experience practising in Intellectual Property law and joined our practice after more than 10 years in a top tier Australian law firm. She moved to Australia having spent almost 9 years in Hong Kong, latterly as a partner in one of Hong Kong’s leading IP practices. Frances has worked extensively in Asia Pacific IP matters. She has been in-house trade marks advisor to a major pharmaceutical and multi-national in the United Kingdom. This has given Frances particular market sector knowledge and an insight into the inner workings of a multi national organisation.

Many leading Global and Australian brand companies seek her advice on the strategic management of their IP rights including GSK, Biofarma, Fairfax Media, GWF, David Jones, Aurora Energy and Carnival Cruises,

Frances is an experienced advocate in oppositions and other actions before the Registrar of Trade Marks. She has also 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.

She regularly presents seminars locally and abroad on issues associated with trade mark protection to leading IP organisations. She authors numerous articles and publications on trade mark law.

Frances is recommended by leading directories including WTR 2011 as “experienced and well-regarded” and APL 500 2012 as having a "very commercial approach".  Frances was also awarded Best in Trade Mark and Patent Prosecution at the Australasia Women in Business Awards 2012.

Frances is admitted to practice in Australia, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom and is a UK Registered Trade Mark Attorney. She is a member of the UK Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys and the Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group.

Frances is a trained LEADR accredited mediator and a notary public. She is also the only Australian member of the INTA Panel of Neutrals.  Frances is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chairs a not-for-profit board.

Professional experience

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  • Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales 1991
  • High Court of Hong Kong 1991
  • Supreme Court of Tasmania 1996
  • Barrister, qualified in England & Wales 1988