Peter Francis

Partner

Peter is a Partner of FAL Lawyers and established the firm along with Jenni Lightowlers, prior to which, he led the in-house legal team at Sirotech, the then commericalisation arm of CSIRO. He is one of Australia’s pre-eminent lawyers on technology commercialisation and is considered to be a ‘true expert with years of experience’, ‘particularly esteemed in non-contentious circles for his dexterous handling of commercialisation work for research organisations and technology developers’ (IAM Licensing 250, 2011/2012, IAM Patent 1000, 2012).

Peter has more than 20 years’ experience advising listed companies, Commonwealth and State government agencies, Cooperative Research Centres, higher education providers, SMEs, not-for-profit funded research bodies and healthcare organisations.

Awards and recognition
  • IAM Patent 1000 (2012): World’s leading patent licensing practitioners
  • IAM Licensing 250 (2011-2012): World’s leading patent & technology licensing lawyers

Professional Involvement
  • Chairman, Benitec Biopharma Limited (ASX:BLT)
  • Director, Knoxbrooke Incorporated
  • Member, Commercialisation Australia Expert Network

Areas of Expertise
  • Contracts & Agreements
  • Corporate Structuring / Transition
  • Corporate Governance
  • Grants / Capital Fund Raising
  • Mediation and Dispute Resolution
  • Intellectual Property
  • Information Technology
  • Patent & Technology Commercialisation
  • Plant Breeder’s Rights
  • Trade Marks & Brand Strategy
  • IP Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Taxation Exemptions