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.

How we can help

We are a focussed, specialist group representing and advising multinational companies, universities and spin-outs that carry out leading research and development to obtain, manage and defend their worldwide IP rights, as well as 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 team of attorneys with technical backgrounds and experience in the chemical and biological fields to inform an expertise in medicinal chemistry and pharmacology. We also have a wealth of experience in brand protection. We have advised on a wide range of pharmaceutical matters relating to human and animal health.

We are ideally placed to protect your pharmaceutical technology via patents, supplementary protection certificates and 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

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.

Case Study

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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Meet our team

Alison Simpson

Managing Partner - London | Milton Keynes

Ian Byworth

Partner - Newcastle

Mark Green

Partner - London

Dr Simon Mitchell

Partner - London

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