Andrea Hadfield


UK & European patent attorney

MA, DPhil, Cert IP, EPA, CPA

Andrea joined Mathys & Squire’s life sciences team following her time as a Biochemistry lecturer at the University of Bristol, having qualified as a European patent attorney at another private practice firm. She has been involved in European prosecution, opposition and appeal work, as well as in the management of European patent portfolios. Andrea also provides advice on infringement and validity issues.

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Andrea works in all areas of the life sciences and has experience working for a wide range of clients, including universities, spin-outs, SMEs and multinational corporate clients. She has experience in drafting and prosecution of patent applications in the UK, Europe and worldwide, and in post-grant opposition and appeal proceedings before the EPO, and handles work in all areas of the life sciences.

After doing Postdocs in the US, Andrea lectured in Biochemistry at the University of Bristol for 13 years and also worked at a drug discovery company before training to be a patent attorney.

Andrea has an honours degree in Physics and a DPhil in Structural Biology from Oxford University. Her research focused on exploring how enzymes and viruses work at a molecular level, including the binding of reaction intermediates and drug leads using techniques including time resolved crystallography. She has a Certificate in Intellectual Property Law from the University of London.

Andrea is a member of CIPA and the EPI. She is also a member of the Biochemical Society and the British Crystallographic Association.