Iain’s practice focuses on patent prosecution in the life sciences field. A cell biologist by background, he has particular experience in medical applications of the life sciences. His interests cover a number of challenging legal and technical areas, including: cell-based therapies (such as CAR-T and stem cells); personalised healthcare; therapeutic antibodies; wound healing therapies; and cancer treatments.
His client base ranges from start-ups to multinationals, with a particular focus on university research and technology transfer. He counts a number of highly regarded UK and overseas universities among his clients and is a member of the Association of University Technology Managers (regularly attending the AUTM Annual Meeting).
Iain aims to provide clear and pragmatic advice to his clients, guiding them through complex legal issues, and helping them use the patent system to meet their business aims. Having been in private practice for over 20 years, Iain has extensive experience in the development, growth and management of biotech-based patent portfolios. He has demonstrated expertise in drafting and prosecution of patent applications suitable for worldwide coverage, and able to provide high quality protection that stands up to competitor challenge or rigorous due diligence. He is familiar with many of the technical and legal problems that can arise in this complicated area, and with counselling clients through these.
Iain has been invited to speak on topics including: "Biotech patent drafting", "Patentability of stem cells” and “CAR-T cell therapy: filing trends, opportunities and challenges to patentability”.
First class (Honours) Cell Biology - University of Glasgow
Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property - University of Manchester
June 14th 2021
November 4th 2020
October 16th 2019
Member of CIPA’s Life Sciences Committee
Produced CIPA CPD lecture on “Biotech patent drafting”
Produced CIPA CPD lecture on “Patentability of stem cells”
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Medical Technology Ireland Conference will be held on 20-21 October 2021 at the Galway Racecourse. Medical Technology Ireland Conference features presentations by leading international medical device experts with thought-provoking guest …Event details
HGF and Knobbe Martens are holding a webinar on 3rd November. Challenging granted patents: a comparison between Europe and the US In this webinar we will compare and contrast mechanisms …Event details
HGF’s Attorney-At-Law Olivia Petter will be speaking at the WIPR Patents Live Broadcast on Tuesday 26th October. WIPR Patents Live is a programme that gives you access to unmissable live …Event details
IPBC Europe: Leadership Summit will be held in-person on 4-5 October in Dublin. The conference is the top European gathering of senior corporate IP professionals. It will be covering the …Event details
HGF is sponsoring The Business of Science Conference 2021 on 7th October. Science and the commercialisation of science continues to be fundamental to the economic growth of the UK and …Event details
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HGF’s Partner Dr Markus Zoller is attending and speaking at the German Biotechnology days on 20th September 2021. German Biotechnology days is the go to event in the industry and …Event details
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