Life sciences patent law is one of the most challenging and evolving areas of intellectual property law. With qualified patent attorneys in both the UK and Germany, our team is well-placed to help clients navigate the specific exclusions that vary between different countries.
The changing life science patent landscape presents challenges for companies and individuals to ensure the best protection for their technology. We are highly experienced in assessing on-going changes in the legal frameworks relevant for our clients, and acting accordingly.
Patents are one of the main drivers of innovation in the life science industry. We strengthen the commercial position of our clients by giving practical advice that can help increase value in their business.
We are skilled in monitoring competitors' patent portfolios and identifying potential strengths and weaknesses. We give opinions on freedom to operate, perform due diligence when our clients are preparing to expand, and pursue those who are infringing our clients' intellectual property rights.
Our team of life science patent attorneys are industry leaders. Many of our professionals have backgrounds in research science, and understand the challenges of transforming research into a commercial product. We have particular knowledge in fields as diverse as:
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Life sciences present significant challenges for patent attorneys, not least because of the evolving law that must keep pace with the new and exciting innovations being developed in the industry.
What life sciences inventions are patentable in the UK and Europe?
Compared to many territories, the UK and Europe generally have an applicant friendly approach to the patentability of life sciences technology, provided the usual requirements for patentability are met.
There are specific considerations that you can keep in mind before pursuing IP protection for your innovations:
What life sciences inventions are not patentable in the UK and Europe?
Certain technology in the life sciences sector is excluded from patentability. Methods for treatment of the human or animal body by surgery or therapy and diagnostic methods practised on the human or animal body are not patentable. However, this exclusion does not apply to products such as substances or compositions and medical instruments.
Our team has experience with working with all types of companies from start-ups to multinational corporations. Every client is unique, and our team is adept at ensuring our service matches the needs and budgets of each business we work with.
We have particular experience working with early-stage companies and start-ups. We regularly work with innovation hubs and accelerators to enable university research projects to become entrepreneurial successes.
Our team also regularly delivers webinars and seminars on all aspects of life sciences intellectual property law. If you would like more information or an invitation to our next event then please: Contact Us
Our team in Edinburgh advise clients in the extensive life science research sector in Scotland which, benefitting from investment from the Scottish Government, is now responsible for £2.4 billion gross revenue for the Scottish economy.
Our IP attorneys in Scotland have a particular focus on life sciences. They advise clients of all sizes in preparing, filing and prosecuting patent applications on an international scale, including in the USA and Europe. The team also has experience advising university spin-outs, start-up companies and entrepreneurs, particularly common in this research-heavy industry.
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