Stephen is experienced in EPO prosecution, opposition and appeal work. He also manages the prosecution of patent portfolios globally, as well as SPC portfolios across Europe. Stephen has an MA in Natural Sciences and a PhD in Biochemistry, both from Cambridge University. He is an active member of the Royal Society of Chemistry's Law Group.
Year joined: 2013
Qualifications: MA PhD EPA CPA MRSC
Stephen is experienced in drafting, prosecuting and defending patents across a wide range of life science technologies. He has a particular interest in technologies which span the chemical and biological fields, including pharmaceuticals and biomaterials. Stephen manages the prosecution of a number of significant global patent portfolios and European SPC portfolios. He has worked with clients ranging from universities to global pharmaceutical companies. He has particular experience in prosecuting and defending patent applications in the UK and at the EPO and he regularly advises on SPC matters, as well as freedom-to-operate and non-infringement matters. Stephen has given a number of presentations about the role of intellectual property and patenting in the life sciences.
Stephen has a Master's Degree in Natural Sciences (1st class) from Cambridge University. He also holds a PhD in Biochemistry from Cambridge University, awarded for his research into microbial biosynthesis of antibiotics.
Membership & Organisations
Stephen is a Fellow of CIPA and a member of the European Patent Institute and the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Sectors & Specialisms
Patent applications,¬†patent drafting and filing,¬†freedom to operate,¬†due diligence,¬†patent enforcement,¬†IP strategy,¬†patent portfolio management,¬†licensing,¬†patent oppositions,¬†commercialisation