Nienke's portfolio encompasses a diverse range of biological subject matter including: personalised medicine, biomarkers, biosimilars, antibodies, immunology, therapeutics, cell biology, biotechnology, enzymology, diagnostics and biopharmaceuticals. She handles all patent related matters including: preparing patent applications, prosecuting patent applications before the EPO and UKIPO, managing worldwide patent prosecution, strategic reviews, due diligence, and validity opinions.
Nienke has considerable experience working with universities and spin-out companies and can bring a depth of commercially relevant advice from her experience in working for a start-up biotech company prior to entering the profession. Nienke also works with SMEs and large multinational companies. Her pragmatic advice is appropriately tailored to her client's individual needs.
Nienke has represented clients before the Oppositions Division of the EPO and has a particular interest in opposition matters. Her ability to quickly assimilate and utilise scientific literature to the benefit of her clients is a key strength during oral proceedings before both the Opposition Division and the Boards of Appeal of the EPO.
Nienke qualified as a Patent Attorney in 2012 and was awarded the Strode Prize for obtaining the highest mark in the UK finals law exam, P2. She also holds a Post-Graduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law from the Queen Mary, University of London, obtained with distinction. She obtained her PhD from the University of Cambridge in Infection and Immunity and graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Biological Sciences (Genetics) from the University of Leicester with the highest mark in her year.
Biological Sciences (genetics)
Infection and Immunity
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