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.
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Management of Intellectual Property
“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.””
“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.”
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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/).
HGF is a silver sponsor of LSPN Europe 2022 on 29th November in London. This event will explore some of the biggest challenges facing the Life Sciences Patent Community right now …Event details
HGF is a premium sponsor of the pro-manchester Health Tech conference on Friday 9th December. This conference looks at exploring what new and innovative ideas have been developed in the past …Event details
From 1 November 2022, the EPO has announced changes to the procedure for remedying patent applications that contain parts that have been included erroneously and updated the procedure for filing …Read article
HGF is hosting a webinar on 10th November to discuss ‘Basics and news about Unified Patent Court’. Date 10th November, 2022 Time 14:00 – approx. 15:30 (CET) About the webinar …Event details
HGF is a gold sponsor of the Technology Patent Network Conference on Thursday 3rd November 2022 in San Jose. This conference looks at bringing together the industry’s most innovative companies …Event details
IIPLA 2022 USA is a two-day conference event taking place in Las Vegas on 10-11 October. Experts on Intellectual Property will share the stage to share fresh perspectives, data-driven approaches, …Event details
HGF hosted a webinar on 25th October to discuss ‘Litigating in the Unified Patent Court’. Date 25th October, 2022 Time Session 1 – 7:00 (BST) / 8:00 (CEST) / 15:00 …Event details
If you would like to discuss how HGF could help you, contact one of our IP specialists.