Dr
Andrew
Wells

Partner & Head of Chemistry

Manchester Office

Chemistry

Telephone. +44(0) 161 247 4900
Mobile. +44(0) 752 507 1499
Email. [email protected]

Experience

Andrew’s patent practice is principally in the pharmaceutical and chemical fields. He has extensive experience in securing patent protection for pharmaceuticals and specialises in drafting and prosecuting patent applications covering new chemical entities, salts, polymorphs, formulations (including advanced drug delivery technologies), manufacturing processes, medical uses, and medical devices. Outside of the pharmaceutical field, Andrew’s practice encompasses agrochemicals, polymer chemistry, petroleum additives, catalytic compositions, separation chemistry, adhesive technologies and biosensors.

Andrew acts for a diverse range of clients, including international corporations, universities, start-up companies and associate patent attorney firms based outside of the UK.

He commenced his patent career in private practice before joining the in-house patent department of a major multi-national pharmaceutical company in June 2004. As an in-house attorney, Andrew was responsible for the patent portfolios relating to a number of high priority drug development projects, as well as conducting IP due diligence evaluations to support in-licensing activities. Andrew returned to private practice in November 2008 when he joined the Manchester office of HGF as a Partner.

Andrew draws on both his private practice and in-house experience to provide commercially-focused advice to his clients in relation to all patent matters, including patent portfolio management, enforcing patent rights, challenging third party patent rights, providing infringement and validity opinions, and conducting due diligence evaluations to support licensing and acquisition deals. Andrew also has considerable experience in representing clients in opposition and appeal proceedings at the European Patent Office.

Qualifications

Patent Attorney

Chartered (UK)
Europe


PHD

The development and evaluation of microparticulate formulations for DNA immunisation

POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA OR CERTIFICATE

Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law

OTHER

BPharm

Recognition

IAM Strategy 300 - Leading IP Strategists

Andrew is listed in the IAM Strategy 300 as a leading IP strategist

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IAM Patent 1000

Andrew is listed in the IAM Patent 1000 as a leading IP attorney in his field.

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MIP Star

Andrew is listed as a MIP Star.

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Publications

IAM Patent 1000 2022

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IAM Strategy 300 2021

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Drug repurposing: progress, challenges and recommendations - Nature Medicine article on Drug Repurposing

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Conferences: 2022

September 22nd 2022

BioCap Conference 2022

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Conferences: 2021

October 7th 2021

The Business of Science Conference 2021

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CSR

Andrew mentors and contributes to the professional training of Trainee Patent Attorneys within HGF, as well as mentoring and training of IP and technology transfer professionals in other organisations.

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