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Kirk Gallagher

Partner, Patent Attorney / London

Kirk Gallagher

Practice Areas

Patents - biotechnology, chemistry & pharmaceuticals group
Patent litigation, arbitration & mediation group
Unitary patent and Unified Patent Court specialist  


Kirk advises a range of clients including multinational companies, SMEs and academic institutions in patent matters in the field of organic chemistry and especially pharmaceuticals and nutrition. His practice encompasses drafting, filing and prosecution of patent applications with a particular emphasis on the preparation of infringement and validity opinions and EPO opposition/appeal proceedings.

Kirk has successfully represented his clients at EPO opposition/appeal proceedings in relation to a number of leading pharmaceutical products such as Lipitor, Atacand (T 1750/07), Nexium, Foradil (T 1215/06), Benicar, Celebrex (T 0696/05), Rebetol and Klaricid (T 1772/06). In relation to several of these cases Kirk has also gained experience of co-ordinating strategy between EPO oppositions/appeal proceedings and corresponding litigation in other jurisdictions, across Europe and the US.

Kirk is also adept at IP due diligence, having supported successful funding rounds for a number of his SME clients, and product acquisitions for his multinational clients.

Prior to joining D Young & Co, Kirk worked as an in-house patent attorney at GlaxoSmithKline. In 2006 Kirk was seconded to the New York law firm Kenyon & Kenyon.

Kirk is also qualified to represent clients in the Higher Courts as a patent attorney litigator.


"Those seeking counsel on SPCs need look no further than Kirk Gallagher and Garreth Duncan. Gallagher is a pharmaceuticals and nutrition ace" IP Stars (Managing IP).

"EPO proceedings specialist" IP Stars (Managing IP).

"Kirk's advice is well founded and timely. Where needed he doesn't hesitate to obtain additional information to provide the best possible advice." IP Stars (Managing IP).

"Kirk's advice is well founded and timely. Where needed he doesn't hesitate to obtain additional information to provide the best possible advice" IP Stars (Managing IP).

"Pharmaceuticals and organic chemistry whizz Kirk at his best when devising infringement and validity opinions or handling contentious EPO proceedings" IAM Patent 1000.

"Kirk Gallagher shines on SPC matters" IAM Patent 1000.

"Kirk Gallagher is highly praised by clients for his 'meticulous advice' and willingness to 'always go the extra mile'" Who's Who Legal.


BSc (Hons) in Chemistry, University of Sussex.
PhD in Organic Chemistry, University of Southampton (Pfizer Organic Chemistry Prize).
Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary College, University of London.
LLM in Intellectual Property Litigation, Nottingham Law School.
Patent Attorney Ligitator.
European Patent Attorney 2001.
Chartered Patent Attorney 2002.
European Design Attorney.


Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA).
European Patent Institute (epi).


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