IAM Patent 1000 Gold: "always a wonderful experience working with the team at D Young & Co"

We are pleased to report that D Young & Co features once again as a top tier European Patent Office and UK patent prosecution firm in the IAM Patent 1000 2024 survey.

“It is always a wonderful experience working with the team at D Young & Co. They are a go-to for patent prosecution and provide commercially relevant, practical advice, and are true experts at their craft. They are efficient, mindful of costs, forthcoming with recommendations on the best course of action to take and, simply, top tier.”

Bringing immense strength when it comes to supporting companies in the life sciences arena, the outfit has a roster of talented attorneys rich in technical talent. This line-up includes Zöe Clyde-Watson and Charles Harding, who have been supporting one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, Boehringer Ingelheim, in numerous significant opposition proceedings. Clyde-Watson employs her background in chemistry to understand the nuances of the technology her patrons work with, and sees high levels of success when prosecuting patents and handling post-grant proceedings as a result. Harding is described as “a very technically knowledgeable and responsive practitioner with great business acumen. He digs so deep into the technology and patents at hand that he knows them as well as his clients, and he prepares strong arguments that are technically accurate and legally sound. Charles’s strategies are thoughtful, powerful and achieve excellent results. He is also great when it comes to educating on the rules and procedure of European patent law, and collaborates with in-house counsel seamlessly to form the best approach.” Harding has also recently teamed up with Jennifer O'Farrell to handle a number of appeal proceedings on behalf of Novo Nordisk relating to the type two diabetes blockbuster drug Semaglutide. O'Farrell offers her clientele skill and precision at each of stage of patent prosecution, and is a safe pair of hands for valuable inventions.

Lawrence King
has recently rejoined the team and further strengthens the bench with his experience handling complex pharmaceutical instructions. He is a dynamic and agile practitioner who has worked with innovators and generics, and draws on this experience to dispense holistic advice. King also brings an in-depth knowledge of supplementary protection certificates, as does Garreth Duncan. Duncan boasts significant in-house experience from his time at Pfizer and has a keen insight into the needs and expectations of his clientele as a result. He crafts perceptive strategies and ensures each move he makes is commercially relevant.

Neil Nachshen is a fierce advocate and a superb choice for pharmaceutical companies in need of decisive representation. Kit Wong is another pharmaceuticals expert who works closely alongside her patrons to create solid patent applications and filing strategies that will optimise their chances of success. Bringing further depth in technical expertise are Simon O'Brien and Tamara Milton. O’Brien’s PhD in biological chemistry serves him well when dealing with technically complex matters. He is a collaboratively minded and commercially savvy practitioner who always delivers bespoke advice. Milton is another familiar face at the EPO. Her genuine interest in seeing her clientele succeed and detail-oriented approach to devising strong arguments mean she regularly comes out on top.

Leading the London electronics group, David Meldrum “always provides real-world, practical and honest guidance, and ensures that it is adapted to the needs of his patrons. He has a great understanding of the rules and procedures of the EPO and makes sure that all the requirements are met when filing and responding to office actions.” Nicholas Malden focuses his practice on processor design, computer-implemented technologies, AI and more. He deftly crosses technical disciplines and can be relied on to draft meticulous patent applications that showcase a real understanding of the invention.

Captaining the mechanical practice, Anthony Albutt places a strong emphasis on delivering honest advice that goes straight to the heart of his patrons’ commercial interests. He spends time getting to know his following and their business goals, to devise an effective IP strategy that will propel them towards success. Harnessing his expertise in electronics, Jonathan Jackson “handles the drafting and prosecution of UK and European patent applications. He is a talented practitioner who is proficient in quickly identifying inventive concepts in complicated technical fields, and has an ability to explain patenting concepts to inventors in an engaging way.”

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