Partner, Patent Attorney
Life Sciences


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.