Mr
Craig
Thomson

Partner & Patent Attorney

Glasgow Office Aberdeen Office Westport Office Dublin Office

Life sciences

Telephone. +44(0) 141 229 5800
Mobile. +44(0) 798 808 8054
Email. [email protected]

Experience

Craig is recognised for providing pragmatic, commercially focused advice to clients in the biotechnological, pharmaceutical, chemical and MedTech sectors. As well as patent drafting and prosecution, Craig advises on the development of company-wide IP strategies, funding/acquisition due-diligence, and aggressive/defensive strategies in relation to third-party IP.

Having worked closely with multi-national corporations, Craig understands the challenges associated with efficiently prosecuting large multi-national patent portfolios, whilst keeping them relevant to the business. He values this experience as it helps him to provide expert guidance to SMEs as they grow or prepare for acquisition.
Whilst part of Craig’s focus is ensuring that technical aspects of each invention is accurately captured in a patent, he understands that the value of IP can only be fully realised after understanding the commercial goals of a business, and how IP can best be exploited to help underpin those goals. It is therefore important for him to understand more generally his client’s business; enabling him to provide them with a more broad-ranging, effective and valuable set of solutions. Industry sectors for which Craig has considerable knowledge of include those concerned with the microbiome, food, formulations, anti-infectives, diagnostics and MedTech.

Craig has a proven track record of providing successful outcomes for clients, both in a wide-range of legal proceedings (including opposition, entitlement, and USPTO interviews) and in successful IP-license/assignment deals involving patents that he both drafted and prosecuted to grant. He has co-written an amicus curiae (filed with the US Supreme Court for Sequenom v Ariosa), and has assisted many clients to successfully obtain investment, including listing on AIM.

Specialisms

  • Anti infectives
  • Bioprocessing
  • Diagnostics
  • Food technology
  • Gene editing technologies
  • Immunobiology
  • Microbiome
  • Personalised medicine

Industries

  • Food & drink icon Food & drink
  • Healthcare icon Healthcare
  • Medical devices icon Medical devices
  • Pharmaceuticals icon Pharmaceuticals

Services

  • Due diligence
  • Patent oppositions & appeals
  • Patents
  • Portfolio management
  • Searching & competitor monitoring
  • Strategy

Qualifications

Patent Attorney

Chartered (UK)
European
Irish


BSC

Physiology and Pharmacology

MSC

Management of Intellectual Property

Recognition

IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2020

“Craig Thomson, who is well versed in all things biotechnological and pharmaceutical, particularly therapeutic and diagnostic inventions. He has a “phenomenal ability to quickly grasp the key concepts in an invention and tease out the most inventive aspects so as to file the strongest possible patents. He is always on hand to guide patent strategy and has incredible patience when explaining the intricacies of the prosecution process. He is also ridiculously good fun to work with!” “He takes a practical, business-oriented approach, focusing on what will drive value in the European market in a way that enables informed decision making. In view of technological convergence, his technical versatility is invaluable.””

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IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2019

“Taking the reins on this initiative is Craig Thomson, an experienced handler of biotech, pharmaceutical, chemical and medical innovations. Thomson is a seasoned prosecutor and serves up trenchant advice on IP strategy in connection with technology-driven deals and enforcement issues; the broad ambit of his practice has helped him develop a refined commercial sense.”

Publications

KTN Microbiome Strategic Roadmap

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IAM Patent 1000 2020

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The Vedanta Opposition: A healthy sign of a maturing industry

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IAM Patent 1000 2019

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The Vedanta Opposition: A healthy sign of a maturing industry

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Securing Commercial Advantage Through Innovations in Microbiome Therapeutic Production

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Validity Attack on US Patent for Bifidobacetrium ComboTherapy: What can we learn?

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LSIPR: Will Big Pharma Get The Bug For Microbiome Therapies?

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Conferences: 2021

October 26th 2021

9th Microbiome R&D and Business Collaboration Forum: Europe

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October 21st 2021

Medical Technology Ireland Conference 2021

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October 4th 2021

IPBC Europe 2021

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March 24th 2021

Animal Microbiome Conference 2021

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March 3rd 2021

Animal Microbiome Congress 2021

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January 27th 2021

IAM webinar: Preparing for the IP due diligence checklist of the future for microbiome innovation

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January 14th 2021

HGF IP in Healthcare Virtual Conference 2021

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Conferences: 2020

October 15th 2020

4th Microbiome: Recent Developments, Regulatory, Quality and Commercialization Summit

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October 15th 2020

Microbiome Movement - Maternal & Infant Health Summit 2020

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September 8th 2020

Sustainable Protein Production and Animal Microbiome Virtual Summit 2020

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September 1st 2020

ONE Life Sciences Leadership Forum 6

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July 8th 2020

Webinar: Attracting big pharma to the Microbiome field

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April 24th 2020

Translational Microbiome Conference 2020

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Conferences: 2019

September 26th 2019

Medical Technology Ireland - Galway Racecourse

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June 3rd 2019

2019 BIO International Convention - Philadelphia

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CSR

Craig provides the annual lecture, “Capturing, Protecting and Exploiting Intellectual Property in Business”, on the Masters Course for “Management of Innovation and Creativity” at Glasgow Caledonian University.

As IP lead, Craig is part of the Microbiome Innovation Network, part of the KTN, whos aims are to accelerate the commercialisation of microbiome-based products and services in the UK and create a vibrant community by connecting industry and academia. Craig also wrote the IP section for the Networks Roadmap document for the industry (https://ktn-uk.org/agrifood/microbiome/).

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