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Ellie
Purnell

Patent Director

Manchester Office

Life sciences

Telephone. +44(0) 161 247 4900
Email. [email protected]
UPC Representative
Our team of specialist European patent litigators, oppositions specialists and patent attorneys bring together an extensive depth of legal and technical knowledge and are qualified to represent you in the UPC.

Experience

Ellie is a UK and European qualified patent attorney with a strong academic background in Life Sciences, particularly in Plant Sciences. In addition, Ellie holds a qualification as a Patent Attorney Litigator with advocacy experience working on oppositions and appeals before the European Patent Office. She specialises in dealing with technology in the Gene Editing, Antibody, Peptide, AgBio, and Microbiology fields. Ellie is interested in helping SMEs, start-ups and spin-outs maximise their potential by exploiting IP protection and good IP management. She enjoys working with challenging IP portfolios and developing IP strategies. In particular for those cases experiencing difficulty in European prosecution.

Ellie has worked with all types of clients, from multinational companies including AstraZeneca, Novartis, and Dow AgroSciences, to small start ups and spin outs such as Pepgen and Tissue Regenix.

Qualifications

Patent Attorney

Chartered (UK)
Europe


MA

(Cantab) Natural Sciences - Double First Class Honours

POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA OR CERTIFICATE

Intellectual Property Litigation and Advocacy Certificate - Nottingham Trent University - Distinction

Recognition

Senior Scholar and Honarary Senior Scholar of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge

Awarded to undergraduates who achieved a first class in university examinations, achieved in 2009 and 2010

The Frank Smart Prize for Botany

Awarded to undergraduate who achieved highest overall marks in Plant Sciences, awarded in 2009 and 2010

The Keith Farewell Prize

Awarded by CIPA to the patent trainee who achieved the highest mark in the P7 examination (UK trademark law)

Publications

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First CRISPR therapy approved for use in the UK

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CRISPR Edited T cells win the TvT Battle

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Patenting antibodies in the US and Europe

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The EPO ‘How To’ guide for antibody applications in Europe

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AI solution to Levinthal's paradox

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IP considerations in COVID-19 vaccine development: tensions and tools

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A look at the WIPO coronavirus tools

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Compulsory licences: the key to accessing inventions in the face of coronavirus?

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G3/19: An end to the saga…

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G3/19: A further Referral to the Enlarged Board of Appeal on Plants Produced by Essentially Biological Processes

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G3/19: A Further Referral to the Enlarged Board of Appeal on Plants Produced by Essentially Biological Processes

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A look at the WIPO coronavirus tools

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IP considerations in COVID-19 vaccine development: tensions and tools

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How a platform technology patent list can expedite covid-19 vaccine research

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The Patent Landscape Behind COVID-19 Vaccines

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Conferences: 2022

September 22nd 2022

BioCap Conference 2022

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Conferences: 2021

July 2nd 2021

G1/21 hearing at the EPO - July

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January 7th 2021

iBioIC

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Conferences: 2020

November 4th 2020

Bionow Oncology Conference 2020

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CSR

Ellie regularly holds tutorials for trainees within HGF, and has acted as an ongoing mentor for those trainees taking UK finals examinations.

She has also recently acted as a CIPA designated mentor for candidates re-taking the UK law exam (FD1).

In the past, Ellie held the position of the Northern Informals Secretary for several years organising social and educational events for trainees across the North of England, including organising and implementing a series of tutorials with tutors from different firms.

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