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

  • Drafting of European, UK, German, and PCT patent applications
  • Filing and prosecuting patent applications directly at the European Patent Office (EPO), UK Intellectual Property Office, the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA), and 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 patents
  • Coordinating and providing strategic advice relating to pan-European patent litigation
  • Filing and defending patent revocations before the UPC
  • Filing and defending patent infringement actions before the UPC, working with local patent litigation counsel, where appropriate
  • 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
  • Payment of patent renewal fees (patent annuities)
  • Drafting and advising on IP agreements, 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 welcome the opening of 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 offers a broad choice and availability of representation in all divisions of the UPC and our patent attorneys are particularly well placed to assist clients in this new European patent litigation forum. Our attorneys 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.

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The firm provides excellent patent prosecution services at a reasonable cost.
IP Stars (Managing IP)
Its overall level of service never falls below excellent. It delivers quality patents for a reasonable price and is exceptionally responsive.
IAM Patent 1000
The group impresses with its powerful UK and European opposition and appeal practice and complementary litigation offering.
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.
IAM Patent 1000
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.
IAM Patent 1000
Talented patent attorneys with scientific backgrounds in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, electronics and engineering.
Chambers
A strong patent drafting and portfolio management practice, often chosen by major international clients as well as prestigious universities and research institutes.
Legal 500
Opposition work before the EPO is a mainstay.
IAM Patent 1000
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.
Chambers
An impressive patent practice.
IP Stars (Managing IP)
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.
IAM Patent 1000
The firm's expertise in electronics and software, biotechnology, chemistry and pharmaceuticals is particularly well regarded.
Chambers
Its squad of technically astute professionals makes light work of all prosecution matters.
IAM Patent 1000
Its business acumen and industry knowledge of the patent attorney landscape is very impressive.
Legal 500
[D Young & Co's] patent prosecution practice remains the jewel in D Young's crown.
IAM Patent 1000
Its substantial roster of attorneys enables it to cover nearly every specialism and need, including litigation.
Chambers
A deep knowledge and understanding of the science behind patented inventions.
Chambers
The team are both approachable and knowledgeable, and skilled at turning our sometimes nebulous ideas into tangible intellectual property. They can be relied on to complete work to sometimes tight deadlines, and are creative at approaching sometimes difficult areas.
Legal 500
D Young & Co LLP has team of talented patent attorneys who possess 'strong technical expertise' and the 'level of service is exceptional'.
Legal 500
It has the perfect balance between an understanding of the law, complex scientific issues and the budget constraints of a business.
IAM Patent 1000
Recommended for contentious proceedings, and also has patent litigation solicitors in-house.
Chambers
The patent team at D Young & Co LLP is consistently excellent and is very customer focused.
Legal 500
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.
Legal 500
With offices in London, Southampton and Munich, D Young & Co has its finger very much on the pulse of mainstream European patent prosecution.
IAM Patent 1000
The practitioners demonstrate a high level of scientific expertise and are quick to understand the key features of an invention.
IAM Patent 1000

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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Anton Baker
Anton Baker
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Rachel Bateman
Rachel Bateman
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Robbie Berryman
Robbie Berryman
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Alan Boyd
Alan Boyd
Partner, Patent Attorney
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William Burrell
William Burrell
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Matthew Caines
Matthew Caines
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Zöe Clyde-Watson
Zöe Clyde-Watson
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Andrew Cockerell
Andrew Cockerell
Partner, Patent Attorney
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James Cornford
James Cornford
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Jonathan DeVile
Jonathan DeVile
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Doug Ealey
Doug Ealey
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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Jonathan Jackson
Jonathan Jackson
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Catherine Keetch
Catherine Keetch
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Lawrence King
Lawrence King
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Antony Latham
Antony Latham
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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Connor McConchie
Connor McConchie
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Cathrine McGowan
Cathrine McGowan
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Tamara Milton
Tamara Milton
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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Jennifer O'Farrell
Jennifer O'Farrell
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Tom Pagdin
Tom Pagdin
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Anna Reid
Anna Reid
Partner, Solicitor
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Sophie Slater
Sophie Slater
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Yvonne Stone
Yvonne Stone
Partner, Rechtsanwältin
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Kit Wong
Kit Wong
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Senior Associates

David Al-Khalili
David Al-Khalili
Senior Associate, Patent Attorney
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Martin Bicker
Martin Bicker
Senior Associate, Patent Attorney
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Emma Hamilton
Emma Hamilton
Senior Associate, Patent Attorney
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Laura Jennings
Laura Jennings
Senior Associate, Patent Attorney
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Robert Kelly
Robert Kelly
Senior Associate, Patent Attorney
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Ryan Lacey
Ryan Lacey
Senior Associate, Patent Attorney
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Arun Roy
Arun Roy
Senior Associate, Patent Attorney
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Gemma Sparrow
Gemma Sparrow
Senior Associate, Patent Attorney
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Alice Stuart-Grumbar
Alice Stuart-Grumbar
Senior Associate, Patent Attorney
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Associates

Khalil Davis
Khalil Davis
Associate, Patent Attorney
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Joseph Flood
Joseph Flood
Associate, Patent Attorney
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Tara Fitz Gerald
Tara Fitz Gerald
Associate, Patent Attorney
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Ben Hunter
Ben Hunter
Associate, Patent Attorney
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Samuel Keyes
Samuel Keyes
Associate, Patent Attorney
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Nigel Lee
Nigel Lee
Associate, Patent Attorney
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Rebecca Price
Rebecca Price
Associate, Patent Attorney
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Simon Schofield
Simon Schofield
Associate, Patent Attorney
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Samuel Smith
Samuel Smith
Associate, Patent Attorney
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Mathias Smolarski
Mathias Smolarski
Associate, Patent Attorney
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Nathaniel Wand
Nathaniel Wand
Associate, Patent Attorney
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Toby Willis
Toby Willis
Associate, Patent Attorney
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Stephanie Wroe
Stephanie Wroe
Associate, Patent Attorney
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Attorneys, Rechtsanwälte & Solicitors

Oliver Cartwright
Oliver Cartwright
Patent Attorney
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Keith Daly
Keith Daly
Patent Attorney
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Matthew Gallon
Matthew Gallon
Patent Attorney
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Leon Harrington
Leon Harrington
Patent Attorney
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Sean McCann
Sean McCann
Patent Attorney
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Szymon Pancewicz
Szymon Pancewicz
Patent Attorney
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Gemma Seabright
Gemma Seabright
Patent Attorney
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William Smith
William Smith
Patent Attorney
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Harry Ventress
Harry Ventress
Patent Attorney
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Joshua Wallington
Joshua Wallington
Patent Attorney
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Assistants

Daisy Bethell
Daisy Bethell
Technical Assistant
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John Cameron
John Cameron
Technical Assistant
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Henry Davies
Henry Davies
Technical Assistant
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Eleanor Downing
Eleanor Downing
Technical Assistant
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Molly Guy-Hickson
Molly Guy-Hickson
Technical Assistant
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Alice Holden
Alice Holden
Technical assistant
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William Hutton
William Hutton
Technical Assistant
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Sophia Karim
Sophia Karim
Legal Assistant
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Jake Leggat
Jake Leggat
Technical Assistant
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James Manktelow
James Manktelow
Technical Assistant
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Rhys Pryce
Rhys Pryce
Technical Assistant
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Michael Reynolds
Michael Reynolds
Technical Assistant
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Miranda Simmons
Miranda Simmons
Technical Assistant
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Stephen Solomon
Stephen Solomon
Technical Assistant
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Petr Ufimkin
Petr Ufimkin
Technical Assistant
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Chris Weekes
Chris Weekes
Technical Assistant
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Consultants

David Horner
David Horner
Consultant, Patent Attorney
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Ian Starr
Ian Starr
Consultant, Solicitor
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James Turner
James Turner
Consultant, Patent Attorney
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Richard Willoughby
Richard Willoughby
Consultant, Solicitor
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IP Support

Hazel Barton
Hazel Barton
Information Specialist
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Victoria Chandler
Victoria Chandler
Head of IP Support Services
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Helen Mason
Helen Mason
IP Support Services Manager
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