Stephen Garner


UK & European Patent Attorney


Stephen is experienced in European Patent Office (EPO) prosecution, opposition and appeal work. He also manages the prosecution of patent portfolios globally, as well as supplementary protection certificate (SPC) portfolios across Europe. Stephen has a master’s degree 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. Stephen has been recommended in the latest edition of the IAM Patent 1000 guide where he is noted for his “15 years’ experience prosecuting pharmaceutical drafts.”

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 (IP) and patenting in the life sciences.

Stephen has a first class master’s degree in natural sciences from Cambridge University. He also holds a PhD in biochemistry from Cambridge University, awarded for his research into microbial biosynthesis of antibiotics.

Stephen is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) and a member of the European Patent Institute and the Royal Society of Chemistry.