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.
Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law (University of London)
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.
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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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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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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