Life sciences and health

The world’s growing and ageing population means there has never been a greater need for innovation in the life sciences and healthcare sector. The global issues in human health, animal health, food technology and food security touch all of our lives. Our passionate, expert and friendly attorneys understand the unique challenges in the multidisciplinary life sciences and healthcare sector. We provide robust IP procurement, management and enforcement strategies as well as pragmatic, clear advice.

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Agriculture and aquaculture

A growing global population applies increasing pressure on food production. Ensuring food security while preserving the natural and food production environment is driving research and development advances in the agriculture and aquaculture sectors. Tackling the issue of food security requires expertise in a broad range of technologies such as efficient pesticides, high-yield, disease-resistant seeds and animals, as well as methods of disease prevention and treatment.

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Biotechnology uses living organisms and their derivatives to improve our lives. It has applications in human and animal health, food production, non-food industrial uses and environmental uses. The sector spans diverse inventions including biopharmaceuticals, diagnostic methods, genetically modified crops, biofuels and environmental bioremediation. It is crucial to protect the products of expensive and time consuming R&D with a strong IP portfolio and to defend innovation against infringement.

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Medical devices

The healthcare ecosystem has a wide range of different players but each has the common focus of improving patient care and outcomes. Collaboration between clinicians, researchers and engineers across different entities in the private and public sectors is common. Also, there are significant differences in the healthcare ecosystem in different countries.

Subtle shifts in IP strategy away from a purely commercial approach are often needed to try and achieve the common public interest goal. International variations in what can be protected, and the nature of the commercial relationships, need to be taken into account at the start of developing an IP strategy.

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A growing and aging population is putting increased pressure on healthcare providers and innovators. Limited healthcare budgets are squeezing the value in the sector to innovators. It is therefore increasingly important that innovators obtain and defend a robust IP portfolio to protect their research and development assets. It is also crucial to monitor third party rights that might disrupt the pharmaceutical value chain and clear the path where necessary.

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Case Studies

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Anonymous medical client

Taking a scalpel to a European patent

We identified a fatal flaw and entirely revoked a competitor’s patent on the rare basis of insufficiency.


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Extract Technology

Securing patent rights before a product launch

When you need patents drafted quickly for a very technical product, it helps to bring in a real industry expert to get to grips with the invention.


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Brandon Medical

Lighting the way for new medical technology

When securing patent protection for a number of complex aspects of an invention, the ability to submit robust technical arguments is key.


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Dr Alan Jones

Partner - Cardiff

Alison Simpson

Managing Partner - London | Milton Keynes

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Partner - Leeds

Dr Clair Curran

Senior Patent Attorney - Leeds

Gareth Price

Partner - Leeds

Ian Byworth

Partner - Newcastle

Dr Jenny Smith

Patent Assistant - Leeds

Mark Green

Partner - London

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Partner - Cardiff

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Partner - London

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Partner - Cardiff

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