No matter what stage you are at in the patent journey, our experienced attorneys and solicitors can guide you through this complex and technical process.

As a client, you will benefit from always working with specialist attorneys and solicitors who have either worked in industry or with in-house legal departments and so have a truly commercial perspective. As one of the leading patent practices in Europe, our clients tell us that they value the depth of experience our attorneys and solicitors are able to offer them in all technical disciplines, including biotechnology, chemistry, pharmaceuticals, electronics, engineering and IT. 

Our attorneys have extensive experience in drafting and prosecuting international patent portfolios through to grant in worldwide jurisdictions. We regularly handle important and valuable contentious matters both for patentee and opponent and our patent practice has an enviable track record in European Patent Office (EPO) opposition and Technical Board of Appeal hearings. Our attorneys are active in steering legislation and policy in the UK, Germany and at the EPO, where partners are members of various influential committees. 

D Young & Co has one of the most respected and largest patent teams in Europe, providing a full range of patent services, including

  • Patent drafting in all relevant jurisdictions
  • Filing and prosecuting patent applications directly at the UK Intellectual Property Office, the Germany Patent and Trademark Office and the European Patent Office or with the International Bureau of WIPO
  • Worldwide prosecution is handled by our network of trusted overseas agents
  • Representing clients at all levels within the EPO, including oppositions and appeals
  • Infringement (freedom to operate) and validity opinions on third party IP
  • Litigation in the UK, Germany and coordination internationally
  • Portfolio audit and strategic advice
  • Due diligence work for funding, stock market flotation, business or project acquisition
  • Attorney guided searches conducted by specialist patent searchers
  • Renewals
  • Drafting and advising on IP agreements, and on non-disclosure agreements, R&D agreements, licences and assignments
  • The exploitation of IP rights for revenue opportunities
  • Supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) / patent term extensions

Unified Patent Court

We are also looking ahead to the Unified Patent Court (UPC) and have been closely involved in its development, such that we are intimately familiar with its framework, procedures and jurisdictional arrangements. D Young & Co will be able to offer a broad choice and availability of representation in all divisions of the UPC and our solicitors and patent attorneys are particularly well placed to assist clients in this new European patent litigation forum. Our attorneys and solicitors have a huge amount of experience of contentious patent work in the courts of Europe and the EPO and in working together to create a seamless patent dispute resolution service. We look forward to having the opportunity to represent our clients before the UPC in the full range of cases that will be adjudicated there. 

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D Young & Co’s outstanding patent department consists of two teams, both of which handle contentious and non-contentious matters for domestic and international clients.
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The practitioners demonstrate a high level of scientific expertise and are quick to understand the key features of an invention.
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The firm's expertise in electronics and software, biotechnology, chemistry and pharmaceuticals is particularly well regarded.
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The firm provides excellent patent prosecution services at a reasonable cost.
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A deep knowledge and understanding of the science behind patented inventions.
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Its business acumen and industry knowledge of the patent attorney landscape is very impressive.
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An impressive patent practice.
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The patent team at D Young & Co LLP is consistently excellent and is very customer focused.
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D Young & Co is at the vanguard of the attorney market, borne out by both its superb life sciences practice and its response to changes in legislation allowing lawyers and non-lawyers to enter into partnerships together.
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Opposition work before the EPO is a mainstay.
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Its squad of technically astute professionals makes light work of all prosecution matters.
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Highly regarded for its work on a wide range of patent matters. Its attorneys act across all types of technology, from life sciences to electrical engineering.
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Its critical evaluation of patentability is faultless and its advice on patent strategy and prosecution shows a profound level of understanding of the technology involved.
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Recommended for contentious proceedings, and also has patent litigation solicitors in-house.
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Its substantial roster of attorneys enables it to cover nearly every specialism and need, including litigation.
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It has the perfect balance between an understanding of the law, complex scientific issues and the budget constraints of a business.
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Its overall level of service never falls below excellent. It delivers quality patents for a reasonable price and is exceptionally responsive.
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[D Young & Co's] patent prosecution practice remains the jewel in D Young's crown.
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Talented patent attorneys with scientific backgrounds in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, electronics and engineering.
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The thriving patent practice at D Young & Co is home to more than 40 attorneys and solicitors, all of whom specialise in a technological or scientific discipline.
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Meet the team

Partners

Anthony Albutt
Anthony Albutt
Partner, Patent Attorney
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David Alcock
David Alcock
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Robbie Berryman
Robbie Berryman
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Zöe Clyde-Watson
Zöe Clyde-Watson
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Antony Craggs
Antony Craggs
Partner, Solicitor
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Simon Davies
Simon Davies
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Jonathan DeVile
Jonathan DeVile
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Uli Foerstl
Uli Foerstl
Partner, Rechtsanwalt
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Kirk Gallagher
Kirk Gallagher
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Hanns-Juergen Grosse
Hanns-Juergen Grosse
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Charles Harding
Charles Harding
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Tamsin Holman
Tamsin Holman
Partner, Solicitor
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David Horner
David Horner
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Jonathan Jackson
Jonathan Jackson
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Darren Lewis
Darren Lewis
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Nicholas Malden
Nicholas Malden
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Catherine Mallalieu
Catherine Mallalieu
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Connor McConchie
Connor McConchie
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Neil Nachshen
Neil Nachshen
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Simon O'Brien
Simon O'Brien
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Ian Starr
Ian Starr
Partner, Solicitor
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James Turner
James Turner
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Aylsa Williams
Aylsa Williams
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Richard Willoughby
Richard Willoughby
Partner, Solicitor
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Kit Wong
Kit Wong
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Senior Associates

Rachel Bateman
Rachel Bateman
Senior Associate, Patent Attorney
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Catherine Keetch
Catherine Keetch
Senior Associate, Patent Attorney
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Cathrine McGowan
Cathrine McGowan
Senior Associate, Patent Attorney
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Tamara Milton
Tamara Milton
Senior Associate, Patent Attorney
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Anna Reid
Anna Reid
Senior Associate, Solicitor
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Associates

Alan Boyd
Alan Boyd
Associate, Patent Attorney
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Matthew Caines
Matthew Caines
Associate, Patent Attorney
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Holly Cowie
Holly Cowie
Associate, Patent Attorney
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Carolin Golling
Carolin Golling
Associate, Rechtsanwältin
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William Johnson
William Johnson
Associate, Patent Attorney
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Charlotte Musgrave
Charlotte Musgrave
Associate, Patent Attorney
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Mina Park
Mina Park
Associate, Patent Attorney
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Paul Price
Paul Price
Associate, Patent Attorney
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Stephanie Wroe
Stephanie Wroe
Associate, Patent Attorney
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Attorneys

Anton Baker
Anton Baker
Patent Attorney
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Martin Bicker
Martin Bicker
Patent Attorney
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Sophie Blake
Sophie Blake
Patent Attorney
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Antony Latham
Antony Latham
Patent Attorney
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Tom Pagdin
Tom Pagdin
Patent Attorney
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Assistants

David Al-Khalili
David Al-Khalili
Technical Assistant
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Rizuan Azhar
Rizuan Azhar
Technical Assistant
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Tom Bell
Tom Bell
Technical Assistant
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Andrew Cockerell
Andrew Cockerell
Technical Assistant
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Matthew Gallon
Matthew Gallon
Technical Assistant
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Emma Hamilton
Emma Hamilton
Technical Assistant
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David Hole
David Hole
Technical Assistant
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Ben Hunter
Ben Hunter
Technical Assistant
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Laura Jennings
Laura Jennings
Technical Assistant
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Ryan Lacey
Ryan Lacey
Technical Assistant
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Michelle Montgomery
Michelle Montgomery
Technical Assistant
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William Powell
William Powell
Technical Assistant
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Feng Rao
Feng Rao
Technical Assistant
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Thomas Ricketts
Thomas Ricketts
Technical Assistant
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Arun Roy
Arun Roy
Technical Assistant
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Simon Schofield
Simon Schofield
Technical Assistant
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Alice Stuart-Grumbar
Alice Stuart-Grumbar
Technical Assistant
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Toby Willis
Toby Willis
Technical Assistant
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Consultants

Nigel Robinson
Nigel Robinson
Consultant, Patent Attorney
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IP Support

Hazel Barton
Hazel Barton
Information Specialist
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Joanne Jennings
Joanne Jennings
Senior Technical Searcher
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Andrew Johnson
Andrew Johnson
Head of IP Support Services
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Angela Mottershead
Angela Mottershead
IP Practices Manager
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Lisa Stuart
Lisa Stuart
Patent Support Services Manager
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