My original degree in biochemistry and biological chemistry was, I thought, to be the start of a career in the pharmaceutical or health-care industry but I became interested in law and realised I could combine the two in the field of intellectual property law.
As a European and British patent attorney, with over 20 years’ experience in relation to patents, I have been able to work across a range of biochemical, chemical and mechanical subject areas, with a particular interest in the health-care industry. Protecting intellectual property (IP) is vital in many of these sectors.
The nature of my job enables me to work with a wide range of technologies. The list is almost endless, but includes wound healing preparations; agrochemicals; food supplements; anti-viral agents; pathogen detectors; drug delivery systems using nanoparticles; oil recovery processes; medical devices such as prosthetics, drip monitors and syringe drivers; assisted living products and packaging materials.
Intellectual property law is not just about patents protecting inventions – I also have considerable experience around the protection of trade marks and designs. It’s a fascinating area of work but the intricacies of that protection – patent applications, trade mark or design registrations, for example – are often unfamiliar to my clients, who range from individual inventors to multinationals. I can provide straightforward advice on the most appropriate types of protection available for a particular client and their business.
Don’t disclose new products or ideas until you have spoken to us. Any public disclosure, even spoken, can prevent you obtaining valid patent protection, so you are literally throwing your ideas away.
Registration of your name at Companies House or as a domain name doesn’t provide protection for your name and won’t enable you to prevent someone else using a confusingly similar name. Consider trade mark registration – we can help with everything that this involves.
Consider carrying out an IP audit, to identify all existing and potential IP rights that belong to your business. This will often flag issues that should be addressed to increase the value of your company.