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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