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Elevating the Licensing Profession Through Knowledge and Standards


“By leveraging the strengths of the CLP program, my experience is that companies find they can engage a broader customer base with a more deeply informed employee talent pool, and individuals find they are able to take on increased responsibility and create new career opportunities for themselves by augmenting their current expertise.”

- Dan Quirk, CLP

Fiona Nicolson Bio

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Fiona Nicolson, Burness Paull

Fiona joined Scottish headquartered law firm Burness Paull as a consultant in November 2022 and leads the firm’s life science practice. She is both a Scottish and English qualified lawyer with many years' experience in working with a large range of clients across a number of sectors including life sciences, IT, software, engineering, consumer products and academia. In addition to advising blue chip companies and public bodies, Fiona advises growing SMEs, assisting them to enter new markets through licensing and other collaborative ventures. Fiona is highly experienced in international licensing transactions and has worked with many businesses in the life sciences sector, helping them to enter new markets using licensing and other collaborative ventures.

Fiona is a recent Past President of the Licensing Executives Society International. She chairs the Law Society of Scotland’s accreditation panel for IP. Fiona is a past Chair of the IP section of Lex Mundi and Past President of the Licensing Executives Society (Britain and Ireland).

Fiona is included in a number of legal/IP directories including: The Legal 500 2022 for Intellectual Property: Patents, Best Lawyers 2009-2022 for Information Technology and Intellectual Property, Transactions (IAM Patent), Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) IP Stars: Patent star, Transactions star, and Top 250 Women in IP, WIPR Leaders 2020, and was included in the Managing Intellectual Property List of the '50 most influential people in IP' in 2019. She also speaks regularly at international conferences and has co-edited the Lexis Nexis  'Getting the Deal Through – Licensing' publication for many years.



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