The life sciences field is one of the most challenging areas of patent law, with frequent changes to issues of patentability and best practice. No other field requires such rigorous regulation from invention to market. This long route to market means that intellectual property is often one of a company’s most valuable assets even  before commercial trading begins.

HGF is able to provide expert guidance in the life sciences field.   With one of the UK’s largest teams of specialist life science attorneys, HGF has a wealth of experience providing clients with practical, legal and strategic advice on managing their life sciences intellectual property. From protecting new research from the UK’s most prestigious universities, to high-profile oppositions and court proceedings on market leading products, our attorneys’ practices cover the full range of life sciences innovations.

Our team-based approach means that we can find the best attorney to fit our clients’ needs, whatever their invention and wherever they are based.  Working with our sister firm of specialist IP solicitors, HGF Law, we believe we offer our life sciences clients a unique and unrivalled service.

With a commercial approach to IP management, HGF offers a full suite of services for organisations working in life sciences: from prosecution, to freedom to operate, litigation, and advice on agreements and licensing.  Our attorneys have in depth technical understanding of biochemistry, molecular biology and biological science, many at postgraduate level.

HGF has specialists in the following life science areas:

  • Therapeutics
  • Diagnostics
  • Personalised medicine
  • Synthetic biology
  • Immunology
  • Molecular biology
  • AgBio
  • Research tools
  • Biosimilars 

We understand that IP protection and enforcement is critical to securing your business's success.  In the life sciences sector the length of time taken to develop, test and obtain approval for products means that IP can often be one of your most valuable assets. Not only can we help you protect your core inventions, but we can also carry out an audit of your business's IP, allowing you to identify new opportunities and strengthen weaker areas. In addition we provide non-patent services, such as trade mark and domain name registration, designed to support businesses in the life sciences sector.

Many of our attorneys have experience of working in academic institutions, spin-out healthcare companies and major pharmaceutical companies.  We have first-hand experience of the differing IP challenges that exist in these environments. When you choose HGF, you can be confident that you're working with professionals who are up to date with the latest research and have a genuine passion for new innovations within the life sciences sector.

Our team

We pride ourselves on choosing people with the individual strengths and experience to deliver the best service to our clients. Seeking out attorneys with graduate and postgraduate degrees in a variety of life sciences disciplines means we have the right combination of skills to suit all our clients needs. Many of our team also have direct experience of working within research organisations, pharmaceutical companies and healthcare concerns.

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Our clients

HGF has a range of clients in the life sciences sector, from international pharmaceutical companies to universities and SMEs. To learn more about our experience in this field, please see below or contact Kate Taylor, who can answer any questions you might have about the Life Sciences Team.

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