Nathan Hinks

Patent Director

Nathan graduated from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, with first class MChem Honours in Chemistry with French. During his degree, Nathan carried out projects in several diverse areas, ranging from lead-free piezo and ferroelectric functional ceramics, to the synthesis of metal-organic frameworks for use in drug delivery applications. 

Nathan is also a competent French speaker, having completed an industrial placement year with the Centre National de le Recherche Scientifique in Paris, during which time he developed enantiopure trifluoromethyl hydroxylamines for use as pharmaceutical precursors. Before entering the patent profession, Nathan worked in chemical industry, developing yttria-stabilized zirconia ceramics for use in dental applications.

As a UK and European patent attorney, Nathan has drafted and prosecuted patent applications in relation to a broad spectrum of chemical technologies, including seperation membranes, polymers (including amphiphilic polymers, conductive polymers and defined monomer sequence polymers), materials (including ceramics, glasses, composites and graphene), catalysts, formulations (including coatings, adhesives, inks and cosmetics), and pharmaceuticals. Nathan also advises on freedom-to-operate matters, and has attended Oral Proceedings before the Examining Division, Opposition Division and Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office.