Rupert Ross-Macdonald

Rupert is the first Chairman of Rouse.

Rupert became Chairman of Rouse having been Chief Executive since late 1999.

He joined Rouse in January 1991, a few months after the firm was established. He had previously worked as a barrister, before joining the Trade Marks Department of The Wellcome Foundation Limited (now part of GlaxoSmithKline): it was there that he gained his first taste of intellectual property work in the international arena.

Rupert moved from London to Hong Kong in 1996 to oversee the company's nascent operations in China, and from Hong Kong to Jakarta in 1997 to set up Rouse's Indonesia office. From Jakarta, he ran the firm's Asia Pacific operations, which at that stage included Vietnam, Hong Kong and Indonesia, in addition to three offices in China. He returned to the UK in mid 1999 and has been based in London ever since.

Although his recent roles have been principally managerial, Rupert has gained a great deal of experience along the way in diverse international intellectual property matters. These include the co-ordination of an extensive global brand protection and enforcement programme on behalf of a major vehicle manufacturer, as well as a regional Asian copyright enforcement campaign for US & UK based publishers. He has worked extensively for major companies in the tobacco, luxury goods, food and pharmaceutical industries both at home and in a variety of different jurisdictions. His principal focus has always been in the area of trade mark enforcement.

As Chairman, Rupert focuses on providing strategic counsel and guidance to the senior management team, as well as an important external role focusing on all aspects of client service.

Professional qualifications

  • BA (Modern Languages and Law), Cambridge University, United Kingdom

  • Admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in England and Wales (non-practising)

Personal interests

  • Music, rowing, cinema