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Biotechnology, chemistry & pharmaceuticals

The patent biotechnology, chemistry and pharmaceuticals team has extensive expertise in contentious work, including EPO oppositions and litigation, as well as being at the leading edge for patent prosecution. Many of our attorneys have practical experience working in academic environments, in the UK and European Patent Offices and as in-house counsel for major companies.

Patent oppositions and appeals

"Excellent at both oral proceedings and high-pressure cases": Chambers UK.

We are especially proud of our extensive experience before the EPO Opposition Division and Technical Boards of Appeal. We regularly handle important and valuable contentious matters both for patentee and opponent, particularly in the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and petrochemicals and have developed a reputation for having one of the best opposition practices in Europe.

Steering patent legislation and policy in the UK and at the EPO

Members of the group are also active in lecturing on IP issues in both the UK and overseas, have published papers on technical and IP matters in international journals and sit on international IP committees.

Life science patent searches

We also offer patent searching with our attorney-guided searches, conducted by experienced specialist patent searchers, to provide informed and business-essential search reports.

Bespoke searches covering a wide range of scientific and non-scientific literature in the field of life sciences are a particular area of expertise.

With access to proprietary databases and specialist searching tools we are able to conduct, organise and manage the complete range of patent searching and together with our qualified attorneys provide rigorous legal advice necessary for making business decisions.

Attorneys in the biotechnology, chemistry and pharmaceuticals team are highly qualified in a wide range of academic and technological fields, including:


  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Genomics
  • Gene sequences
  • Enzymes
  • Vaccines
  • Molecular biology
  • Cell biology
  • Structural biology
  • Gene delivery
  • Virology
  • Immunology
  • Antibody technology
  • Stem cells
  • Biosensors
  • Biofuels
  • Biomarkers
  • Plant biotechnology
  • Plant variety protection
  • Array technology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Diagnostics


  • Materials
  • Polymers
  • Petrochemicals
  • Agrochemicals
  • Fuel additives
  • Batteries
  • Fuel cells
  • Semiconductors
  • Chelates
  • Industrial waste treatment
  • Laminates
  • Glass technology
  • Fibre glass technology
  • Polysaccharide chemistry
  • Food chemistry
  • Carbon capture
  • Sequestration


  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Polymorphs and Crystallography
  • Process chemistry
  • Formulation technology
  • Drug Delivery
  • Ocular and medical devices
  • Supplementary protection certificates (SPCs)
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