Life Sciences

We understand the issues faced by companies in the life science sector and work with them to create and deliver innovative, high quality, client-focused services that provide real commercial value.

Our team has expertise in all areas of IP counselling, including patent drafting and prosecution (for UK, EP, PCT, and overseas); freedom to operate and due diligence searches; portfolio management; opposition and appeal proceedings; SPCs/extensions; Plant Variety Rights and regulatory issues (including orphan drug legislation and data protection).

We treat our clients’ patents and patent applications as business assets, rather than academic exercises, and therefore bring a commercial focus to our work.  We work with our clients to develop an overall strategy with both long and short-term objectives, and then execute that strategy with care and precision, employing creativity, as appropriate, to push the boundaries of what is possible. 

We apply our extensive knowledge and experience of opposition and litigation proceedings to build strong IP portfolios with many different levels of coverage.  We are well versed in areas of the law related to IP, including the operation of regulatory data exclusivity against generics and biosimilars, orphan drug legislation, and the exhaustion of rights across international borders. 

We are often asked to assist with managing prosecution of global portfolios, and have achieved notable success for high-stake cases relating to blockbuster pharmaceutical and biotechnological products.

Our extensive experience in prosecution proceedings and our awareness of how to manage and take advantage of the procedural and substantive aspects of the law, coupled with our desire to fully understand and meet our clients’ commercial goals, allows us to devise and present a case in the clients’ best commercial interests. For this reason, the attorneys in our team are regularly retained by large corporations to take on difficult, commercially important opposition cases at first instance and appeal level.

Our life sciences team works with clients in the biologics, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals areas