Ellie Purnell

Patent Director

Ellie joined the HGF Manchester office in May 2016 and specialises in various technologies across life sciences and chemistry. Ellie has particular experience of freedom to operate and opposition/appeals in these fields. 

Ellie graduated from the University of Cambridge having been awarded a double First in Biological Natural Sciences. She collected her Masters in the same subject a couple of years later. During her time at Cambridge, Ellie was twice awarded the Frank Smart prize for Plant Sciences and became both a scholar and honorary senior scholar of Gonville and Caius College in recognition of her academic achievements.

Ellie trained and qualified as a UK Chartered Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney at a leading UK private practice firm.  During her training she gained the highest marks in the UK basic patent law and UK basic trademarks examinations, she also achieved a mark within the top 3% of European attorneys in the Opposition paper. She took an interest in the training of patent attorneys and ran the Northern Informals student organisation for 3 years. In this time she implemented a successful series of tutorials for trainees to prepare for the examinations.

Post qualification, Ellie has developed a breadth of experience extending across a variety of technologies in Life Sciences and Chemistry. She has a keen interest in all areas of Biology, especially Biochemistry, Cell Biology and Plant Sciences, in which she specialised during her final year at Cambridge. Ellie has specific experience working with multinational clients in the medical devices, pharmaceutical, polymer and microbiological sectors.

Ellie has a particular interest in freedom to operate having worked on clearance for generic pharmaceutical and chemical catalyst products, she also has particular skill in opposition/appeals work having represented clients at the European Patent Office at a number of hearings. Ellie has recently qualified as a Higher Courts Litigator after undertaking the Nottingham Law School Litigation and Advocacy course to further her interest in advocacy, and in preparation for a central division of the Unitary Patent Court arriving in London. This qualification gives Ellie the right to represent clients in Intellectual Property matters in the High Court.