Our IP specialists work at all stage of the IP life cycle and provide strategic advice about patent, trade mark and registered designs, as well as any IP-related disputes and legal and commercial requirements.
Frances (Fran) works in all patent cycle stages within the life sciences sector – from invention capture, drafting and patent strategy to prosecution and global portfolio management. She is a member of our plant variety rights team, having completed the official WIPO course on plant variety protection under the UPOV convention. As such, Fran has extensive experience dealing with plant-related inventions, including obtaining plant variety rights and entry onto the national list and common catalogue.
Areas of Expertise
- Cell therapies, such as adoptive cell therapy and CAR-T therapy
- Personalised and stratified medicine
- Plant related inventions and plant variety rights
Fran’s clients include universities and technology transfer offices, as well as start-ups, spin-outs and SMEs. She works closely with many Singapore-based clients and is a regular visitor to region.
Fran has a BSc degree in biological sciences from the University of Bristol and a PhD in plant molecular genetics from the University of Edinburgh. She joined Mewburn Ellis in 2007, qualifying as a Chartered Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney in 2011. She joined the partnership in 2015. She spent three months with a US patent firm in Seattle, developing her expertise in US practice.