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.

How we can help

We are a focussed, specialist group of attorneys representing and advising multinational companies, universities and SMEs that carry out leading R&D to obtain, manage and defend their worldwide IP rights and to challenge third-party IP rights. We also advise on due diligence, freedom to operate, patentability, infringement and mergers and acquisitions matters.

We have a multidisciplinary team with technical backgrounds and experience in the chemical and biological fields, and a wealth of experience in brand protection. We have advised on biologics such as therapeutic antibodies, blood products, gene therapies, stem cells and vaccines, diagnostic methods for animal and human health applications such as those based on DNA, RNA and the microbiome, plant variety rights and biofuel production.

We are ideally placed to protect your biotechnology technology via patents, plant variety rights (plant breeder rights), supplementary protection certificates or trade marks.

Case studies

Case Study

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.

Case Study


Helping a university spin-off protect its research

To successfully exploit groundbreaking research, Faultcurrent needed strong IP protection — so it came to us for assistance.

Case Study

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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Meet our team

Dr Simon Mitchell

Partner - London

Dr Clair Curran

Senior Patent Attorney - Leeds

Dr Jenny Smith

Patent Assistant - Leeds

Mark Green

Partner - London

Dr Neil Pawlyn

Partner - Cardiff

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