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BJuris, LLB, Grad. Dip IP Law (Monash University)
Email: pf@fal-lawyers.com.au
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Peter Francis is a Partner of FAL Lawyers and established the firm along with Jenni Lightowlers. 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, Co-operative Research Centres, SMEs, not-for-profit funded research bodies and healthcare organisations.

Peter sits on the board of several not-for-profit organisations, including Knoxbrooke Incorporated, a registered charity. He is Chairman of the Board of an ASX-listed biotechnology company.

Peter studied Law and Jurisprudence at Monash University. Prior to establishing FAL, he led the in-house legal team at Sirotech, the then commercialisation arm of CSIRO.

  • 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
  • CRCs
  • Biotech & Life Sciences
  • SMEs and start-ups
  • Government
  • Information Technology
  • Not-for-profit / Research Institutes
  • Health & Aged Care
  • Defence
  • Universities
Awards, Appointments and Affiliations

IAM Patent 1000 (2012): World’s leading patent licensing practitioners

IAM Licensing 250 (2011-2012): World’s leading patent & technology licensing lawyers

Chairman, Benitec Biopharma Limited (ASX:BLT)

Member, Commercialisation Australia Expert Network

Director, Knoxbrooke Incorporated

Recent Articles by Peter

Standard 8: a new liability for directors of aged care providers (9 May 2019)

Loosening the IP Red Tape: Streamlining Australian IP Law through the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill 2015(12 February 2015)

Government Departments on "Cloud Nine": ISO/IEC 27018 - A New Standard Promoting Data and Privacy Protection in the Cloud (22 December 2014)

US Supreme Court clarifies gene patentability (23 June 2013)

Section 144 of the National Credit Code - Novated Leases & the PPSA (9 October 2012)

Government Model Litigant - Guidelines & Indemnities (2 October 2012)

Entering into a Head Contract? Tips for Alleviating the Head-Ache of Subcontracting (7 September 2012)