Dr Nicholas Howe

Senior Patent Attorney

Nick is a Patent Attorney specialising in the chemical and pharmaceutical fields. He joined the Manchester office of HGF in May 2017.

Nick graduated from the University of York in the UK with a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry, including a year spent studying and working in Germany. He subsequently completed a PhD at Manchester University, UK focusing on carbohydrate chemistry and wound healing.

In 2000, Nick joined a global pharmaceutical company as a senior research scientist. In the following years, Nick worked on numerous, diverse projects across the drug discovery pipeline, from early stage lead identification through to process optimisation and drug development. Part of his role involved leading collaborations with small and medium-sized custom research organisations, to supply intermediates and final compounds to support drug delivery. Nick is an author on multiple, peer-reviewed scientific articles.

In September 2014, Nick made the transition into the in-house IP department of a multi-national pharmaceutical company. There he gained experience of patent drafting and prosecution, as well as freedom-to-operate and patentability searching. Nick provided IP support to a number of projects aimed at delivering new medicines and also medical devices. Since joining HGF Nick has drafted and prosecuted patent applications in relation to a broad spectrum of chemical technologies.

Nick is a dual qualified UK and European Patent Attorney.