What the team is known for
Recognised for its global, regional and domestic brand protection and IP portfolio management expertise as well as for its experienced litigation team. In demand for its abilities in connection with IP exploitation particularly in the technology, pharmaceutical and consumer goods sectors. Experienced in handling the IP aspects of corporate and M&A transactions. Able to offer an integrated international practice, providing clients with a connected, cross-border service for multi-jurisdictional litigation and global trade mark portfolio management.
One client values the department's "very commercial advice, well-structured search reports, prompt response time and high level of experience."
Another client says: "The strengths of the team include the ‘outside-the-box’ thinking of their advice, the prompt delivery as well as the clarity and conciseness of that advice, which make it easy to understand for the client, in addition to their availability and proactive approach to client care."
Acted for Goodman Fielder in Federal Court proceedings against Conga Foods for trade mark infringement and with regard to Conga Foods' cross-claim to remove the relevant Goodman Fielder trade marks from the register.
Frances Drummond "is straight-talking, practical, commercial and gets straight to the crux of the issue,"
according to a client, who adds: "As with any effective partner, she runs her team well, with the work done at the appropriate level, Frances joining in to add value when required."
Another client appreciates her "concise, strategic, and commercial advice."
She acts for a range of clients on trade mark and copyright matters, particularly on trade mark portfolio management and the IP aspects of M&A transactions.
has a well-established practice in contentious trade mark and copyright matters, and is greatly experienced at representing clients on complex and sensitive mandates. According to one client, she possesses "strong commercial acumen and understanding of case law and examples of practice,"
and is "patient and skilled at explaining complex matters for a lay person without being condescending."
Another client says: "Her strengths include her expertise, commerciality and strategy development."