Senior Technical Searcher Southampton
Profile of Joanne Jennings

In my role as senior technical searcher, I conduct tailor-made scientific and IP-related patent and literature searches to support the processes of patent drafting, prosecution and opposition and to provide business advice.

These in-house searches include patentability searches and validity searches using a variety of proprietary databases as well as publicly available patent and scientific literature databases. I provide searches conducted by subject matter, using keywords and classification codes, and by assignee and inventor, in biology and chemistry-related subjects with particular expertise in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and molecular microbiology.

In addition, I work closely with preferred external search companies to guide the process of externally commissioned searches. I also perform nucleotide and amino acid sequence analysis and prepare sequence listings for patent applications to meet WIPO Standard ST.25 requirements.

Before joining D Young & Co in 2005, my previous experience was in research and development with Pfizer and SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals.


  • BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences, University of Exeter (awarded the JL Sager prize).
  • PhD in Molecular Microbiology, Imperial College London.
  • Postdoctoral research, Royal Postgraduate Medical School.
  • Qualified Patent Information Professional (QPIP).


  • Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA).
  • Associate member of the International Standards Board for Qualified Patent Information Professionals (ISBQPIP).
The patent team at D Young & Co LLP is consistently excellent and is very customer focused.
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