Partner & Patent Attorney

Sheffield Office Nottingham Office

Telephone. +44(0) 114 274 3700
Mobile. +44(0) 754 518 9436
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Vanessa has over 25 years' experience in the patent field. She has a talent for building long-term trusted relationships with clients having IP portfolios at all stages of development, from start-up companies to global corporations with complex interrelated patent cases, universities and spin-outs, always providing commercially focussed and proactive advice.

Vanessa leads HGF's medical devices team and has substantial experience of drafting and prosecuting patents with medtech and healthcare subject matter, such as drug delivery devices, spinal and other orthopaedic instruments, dental, knee and hip implants, fracture fixators, ventilators, EEG systems, ophthalmic technology, cardiovascular stents and catheters. In addition to medical devices, her other areas of expertise include advanced manufacturing, food technology and energy technology including gas, water and electricity infrastructure.

With a keen interest in improving diversity and inclusion, Vanessa has been active in the profession-wide IP Inclusive since its inception, leading its North of England network and advising HGF's own EDI (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) Focus Group. Vanessa was elected to the Board of HGF in August 2020.


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  • Drug delivery devices
  • Food and beverage packaging
  • Oil & gas
  • Orthopaedics


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  • Due diligence
  • In-house legal support
  • Patents
  • Portfolio management
  • Searching & competitor monitoring
  • Strategy
  • Transactional IP & commercial support


Patent Attorney

Chartered (UK)


Electronic Engineering


Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law (University of London)


The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2020

HGF Limited specialises in chemistry, electronics, engineering and life sciences-related instructions and combines strong oppositions expertise with a powerful drafting and filing practice and litigation roster. The key patent attorney practitioners are: senior partner and head of electronics Harry Hutchinson in Sheffield; London-based head of engineering Matthew Dixon; chemistry practice head Gary Wilson in Glasgow; Kate Taylor in York, who directs the life sciences group; pharmaceutical team head Andrew Wells in Manchester; head of oppositions and appeals Chris Moore in Birmingham; energy practice head Craig Watson in Aberdeen; and Vanessa Stainthorpe in Sheffield, who leads the medical device department.

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World IP Review - Influential Women in IP 2021

Named and interviewed in #WIPRDiversity21 as one of @WorldIPReview's Influential Women in IP in 2021. Vanessa Stainthorpe has more than 25 years of experience as a patent attorney and has been a board member for HGF since August 2020. She specialises in patent filing, prosecution and strategic IP advice in the mechanical engineering field with a particular specialism in medical technology. She leads HGF’s medical devices team and this year, she spoke at HGF’s annual IP in Healthcare conference and at its Child Health Technology event. She is heavily involved in IP Inclusive, which aims to improve D&I in IP, ensuring that HGF was one of the early signatories to the organisation’s charter. She set up and led the IP Inclusive North of England network, providing support to professionals across the region. She organised and hosted an “Allies” event to support D&I in June 2020 and presented follow up Q&A videos.

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Fast track or slow lane: Patent strategy or IP cost control?

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HGF continue to be highly ranked in The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2020 rankings

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IP Inclusive North of England 2020 Report

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WIPR Diversity 2021 - Driving cultural change

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Conferences: 2021

June 24th 2021

WSGR Medical Device Conference 2021


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May 26th 2021

Hybrid Health - Houston Methodist and the Texas Medical Center (TMC)


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April 26th 2021

Sheffield Hallam University - AWRC Wellbeing Accelerator


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March 2nd 2021

Child Health Technology Conference 2021


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January 14th 2021

HGF IP in Healthcare Virtual Conference 2021


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Conferences: 2020

November 23rd 2020

This Can Happen 2020


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March 3rd 2020

IP in Healthcare Conference 2020


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January 27th 2020

Arab Health 2020 - Dubai


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Conferences: 2019

January 28th 2019

Arab Health 2019 - Dubai


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Vanessa is HGF’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion officer and is responsible for HGF’s involvement in IP Inclusive, which is a network of intellectual property professionals working to improve equality, diversity and inclusivity in our community. Vanessa is the lead for IP Inclusive’s North of England network, is also a trained Mental Health First Aider and was one of the first signatories to the IP Inclusive Senior Leaders’ Pledge.

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