As well as acting for leading companies in the healthcare, biotechnology, chemistry and pharmaceutical industries, we have an enviable track record of working with academic and research institutions and spin outs, all of which have been at the forefront of innovation and life-changing discoveries.

From our offices in the UK and Germany we directly advise pharmaceutical, chemical and biotechnological companies throughout the world. With this diverse and multinational client base, clients can expect sound commercial advice from leading practitioners. 

Our team has extensive expertise in contentious work, including EPO oppositions and litigation, as well as being at the leading edge for patent litigation. Our IP litigators are particularly known for their level-headed and effective litigation, particularly in life sciences, and assured case management. We are especially proud of our extensive experience before the EPO Opposition Division and Technical Boards of Appeal. We regularly handle important and valuable contentious matters both for patentee and opponent, in the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and petrochemicals and have developed a reputation for having one of the best opposition practices in Europe.

Members of the team are also active in lecturing on IP issues in both the UK and overseas, have published papers on technical and IP matters in international journals and sit on international IP committees. 

Our highly regarded team of experts offers a truly commercial perspective, having worked in academic environments, in the UK and European Patent Offices and as in-house counsel for major companies.

Life science patent searches

We also offer patent searching with our attorney-guided searches, conducted by experienced specialist patent searchers, to provide informed and business-essential search reports.

Bespoke searches covering a wide range of scientific and non-scientific literature in the field of life sciences are a particular area of expertise. With access to proprietary databases and specialist searching tools we are able to conduct, organise and manage the complete range of patent searching and together with our qualified attorneys provide rigorous legal advice necessary for making business decisions.

Attorneys in the biotechnology, chemistry and pharmaceuticals team are highly qualified in a wide range of academic and technological fields, including:

Biotechnology

  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Genomics
  • Gene sequences
  • Enzymes
  • Vaccines
  • Molecular biology
  • Cell biology
  • Structural biology
  • Gene delivery
  • Virology
  • Immunology
  • Antibody technology
  • Stem cells
  • Biosensors
  • Biofuels
  • Biomarkers
  • Plant biotechnology
  • Plant variety protection
  • Array technology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Diagnostics

Chemistry

  • Materials
  • Polymers
  • Petrochemicals
  • Agrochemicals
  • Fuel additives
  • Batteries
  • Fuel cells
  • Semiconductors
  • Chelates
  • Industrial waste treatment
  • Laminates
  • Glass technology
  • Fibre glass technology
  • Polysaccharide chemistry
  • Food chemistry
  • Carbon capture
  • Sequestration

Pharmaceutical

  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Polymorphs and Crystallography
  • Process chemistry
  • Formulation technology
  • Drug delivery
  • Ocular and medical devices
  • Supplementary protection certificates (SPCs)
D Young & Co stands out for its biotechnology work.
IP Stars (Managing IP)
D Young & Co’s patents team has strength in life sciences.
Legal 500
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
Talented patent attorneys with scientific backgrounds in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, electronics and engineering.
Chambers
The firm's expertise in electronics and software, biotechnology, chemistry and pharmaceuticals is particularly well regarded.
Chambers
Its chemistry, biotechnology and pharmaceutical group boasts particular proficiency in oppositions before the EPO.
IAM Patent 1000
Among the country’s most impressive for biotechnology 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
Its substantial roster of attorneys enables it to cover nearly every specialism and need, including litigation.
Chambers
D Young & Co LLP has strong acumen in defending patents.
Chambers
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
Clearly in the premier league of patent attorneys covering biotech in the UK.
IP Stars (Managing IP)
The firm has been particularly active in the flourishing fields of T-cell immunotherapy, gene therapy and gene editing.
IAM Patent 1000
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

Meet the team

Partners

David Alcock
David Alcock
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Helen Cawley
Helen Cawley
Partner, Trade Mark Attorney
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Zöe Clyde-Watson
Zöe Clyde-Watson
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Matthew Dick
Matthew Dick
Partner, Solicitor
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Garreth Duncan
Garreth Duncan
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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Charles Harding
Charles Harding
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Jackie Johnson
Jackie Johnson
Partner, Trade Mark 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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Jeremy Pennant
Jeremy Pennant
Partner, Trade Mark Attorney
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Ian Starr
Ian Starr
Partner, Solicitor
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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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Tamara Milton
Tamara Milton
Senior Associate, Patent Attorney
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Associates

Matthew Caines
Matthew Caines
Associate, Patent Attorney
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Flora Cook
Flora Cook
Associate, Trade Mark 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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Stephanie Wroe
Stephanie Wroe
Associate, Patent Attorney
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Attorneys

Sophie Blake
Sophie Blake
Patent Attorney
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Antony Latham
Antony Latham
Patent Attorney
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Wendy Oliver-Grey
Wendy Oliver-Grey
Trade Mark Attorney
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Tom Pagdin
Tom Pagdin
Patent Attorney
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Assistants

Matthew Gallon
Matthew Gallon
Technical Assistant
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Emma Hamilton
Emma Hamilton
Technical Assistant
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Laura Jennings
Laura Jennings
Technical Assistant
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Michelle Montgomery
Michelle Montgomery
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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Consultants

Bart Kiewiet
Bart Kiewiet
Consultant, Plant Variety Rights
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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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