Philippa Griffin


UK & European Patent Attorney

MA (Cantab), EPA, CPA

Philippa joined Mathys & Squire in 2001, qualified as a Chartered Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney in 2005, and became a Partner of the firm in 2010. She holds a first class master’s degree in natural sciences and specialises in the fields of molecular biology, biopharma, and biotechnology. Philippa has also been ranked as a ‘Recommended Individual’ for her expertise in the fields of pharma and biotechnology in JUVE Patent‘s Rankings UK. Recommended in the 2023 edition of The Legal 500, she is described as “a pleasure to work with”, and commended for being “extremely responsive and comprehensive in her analysis and communication of IP strategy” (2022). Philippa has also been recognised as a ‘Notable Practitioner’ in the latest edition of Managing IP’s IP STARS directory.


Philippa has a substantial prosecution practice before the European Patent Office (EPO), and she is responsible for the coordination and strategic management of complex worldwide patent portfolios covering commercially significant products. Philippa is also highly experienced in the conduct of offensive and defensive opposition and appeal proceedings before the EPO. Other aspects of her practice include drafting, freedom to operate, and opinion work.

Philippa has particular expertise in handling inventions relating to antibodies and immunology; immunotoxin-based therapeutics; recombinant protein production and formulation; synthetic biology, gene editing, cloning, and sequencing technologies; rapid/bedside diagnostics; modified and thermostable enzymes; bone and cartilage regeneration; and vaccines. She acts for a diverse range of clients, including international biopharma and bioscience companies, SMEs, public sector organisations, and universities.

Philippa studied at Cambridge University, obtaining a first class master’s degree in natural sciences (zoology), and also holds a Certificate in Intellectual Property Law from the University of London.

Philippa is a member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) and European Patent Institute (EPI), and serves as a lecturer for the CIPA Foundation Examinations.

“Philippa Griffin is a pleasure to work with. She has an exceptional grasp of our company’s technology and is extremely responsive and comprehensive in her analysis and communication of IP strategy.”

The Legal 500 (2022)