Sarah Basford

Job Title: Chief IP Counsel
Company: Rio Tinto

Sarah is a solicitor with more than 25 years’ experience and is currently head of the global Intellectual Property legal team at Rio Tinto. The IP Legal team of 13 supports all intellectual property matters at Rio Tinto, including the patent and trademark portfolios, copyright matters, infringement matters, R&D agreements, technology development agreements, investment in technology start-ups and industry collaborations. Sarah has a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland.