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LLM (Hons), LLB (Hons) (University of Melbourne)
BA, Dip Ed (University of Western Australia)
Email: jl@fal-lawyers.com.au
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Jenni Lightowlers is a founding Partner of Francis Abourizk Lightowlers (FAL). Prior to establishing FAL in 1993, Jenni worked for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Organisation (CSIRO) and Allens Linklaters (as it is now known).

She is arguably Australia's leading authority on establishing research entities such as industry growth and innovation centres, Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs). She is also recognised as a leading lawyer in the life sciences (health, bio-security, bio-technology and medical devices), commercial and intellectual property sectors.

Jenni advises clients on a wide range of issues including funding; corporate structuring; constitutions; governance; company secretarial matters and directors' duties; R&D agreements; taxation matters; IP protection; management, commercialisation and licensing; employment and workplace relations law; and general corporate and commercial matters. On commercial IP issues, she is considered "an esteemed presence in the markertplace" (IAM Licensing 250).

Acting as a long term and trusted Counsel to her clients, Jenni frequently provides support and advice to a wide range of companies, not-for-profits and charities. With extensive commercial experience, Jenni advises ASX listed entities on mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning and advisory services for intricate transactions. Over the last two decades, Jenni has advised on some of the most complex Australian technology and R&D projects, including the CSIRO ARIES satellite project.

Jenni is particularly highly respected in the mining & resources sectors for her advice on technology innovation, collaborative research and export controls.

Jenni was appointed Acting Head of Deakin Law School in May 2017.

She is considered one of Australia's leading advisors to universities (both in Australia and the South Pacific), and has a deep understanding of the university and higher education sectors, particularly their compliance and operational issues. In addition, Jenni is a Deputy Chancellor of Deakin University. She is also a Member of Deakin's University Council; Chair of the University Legislation Committee; Member of the Chancellor's Advisory Committee; and Member of the Advisory Committee to the Law School.

Her expertise also extends to Government, having drafted, evaluated and structured legislation for Australian governments, prepared Ministerial briefing and policy papers, and provided advice on multi-lateral treaties in the Pacific Region.

Jenni is also a qualified mediator and has litigated in areas relevant to her practice.

Jenni is also admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.

  • ACCC, ACNC and ASIC Legislation and Regulations
  • Commercial Contracts & Agreements
  • Commercialisation & Licensing
  • Competition & Consumer Law
  • Corporate Structuring / Transition Plans
  • Corporate Governance, Board Advisory & Compliance
  • Cyber Law & Data Protection
  • Defence
  • Employment & Workplace Relations
  • Government (State & Federal)
  • Grants / Capital Fund Raising
  • Indigenous & Aboriginal Heritage & Traditional Knowledge
  • Information Technology & Communication
  • Intellectual Property, Copyright, Confidential Information, Patent, Design & Technology Commercialisation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Media and Publishing
  • Mediation and Dispute Resolution
  • Pharmaceutical Regulation
  • Space / Satellite Law
  • Taxation
  • Life Sciences
  • CRCs, Research Institutes, Government Industry Growth & Innovation entities / centres
  • Defence
  • Government
  • FMCG
  • IT
  • NFPs / Charities
  • Mining & Resources
  • Health & Medical
  • Pharma / Medical Devices
  • Retail
  • Universities & Higher Education
Awards, Appointments and Affiliations

Recognised for Excellence in Client Service for the Health & Life Sciences Sector in Australia - 2015 International Law Office (ILO) and Lexology Client Choice Awards

IAM Licensing 250: World’s leading patent & technology licensing lawyers

Dean of Law, Deakin University, Victoria

Chairperson, Director and Company Secretary to a number of entities

Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors

Member, Licensing Executives Society of Australian and New Zealand (LESANZ)

Member, Intellectual Property Society of Australia Inc.

Member, Intellectual Property Committee of the Law Institute of Victoria.

Recent Articles by Jenni

Export Technology or Software? What you Need to Know to Avoid Fines or Prison (15 June 2016)

The leniency period under the Defence Trade Controls At 2012 is over. Are you up to speed with your new obligations? (29 January 2016)

Stating the Obvious: Textual Approach to Obviousness (29 September 2015)

Gene Patents in Australian Context (22 July 2015)

Will Australia Catapult its Innovation into the 21st Century? (2 April 2015)

Employment Law Update: Workplace bullying: Six things you need to do to prepare for the new legislation (8 July 2013)

Australian Law Relating to Communal Indigenous Intellectual Property (12 February 2013)

Going on the Offensive to Prepare for New Defence Export Controls (5 February 2013)

Significant matters

Advised Rio Tinto in respect of its R&D collaboration agreements for the US, UK and Australia.

Assisted a CRC spinoff company developing polymers for use as corrective ocular implants on compliance with the US Food & Drug Authority (FDA) regulations, leading to accreditation of the facility.

Advised a major multinational company in respect of Defence Export Controls for a major research project.

Advised the Vision CRC on its establishment and in relation to all aspects of corporate governance, ethics committees, structuring and transition arrangements (including the formation of spin-off entities) and commercialisation of IP.

Advised the CRC Association in relation to employment and privacy issues in respect of persons engaged on sensitive projects, having regard to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations.