Laura is a European and UK patent attorney recognised in the Legal 500 by her clients as being both innovative and practical in her approach.
Laura graduated from the University of Cambridge with a First Class Master of Science Degree in Physics and Materials Science and joined Dehns in 2003. She became a Partner of the firm in 2013.
Type of clients and client work
A number of Laura’s clients are start-ups or small/medium sized businesses at an early stage. Here her focus is on working closely with the client to create an IP strategy that fits with commercial objectives. She advises on background landscape searching, building a useful portfolio of IP rights, IP licensing, and how to deal with third party rights or possible infringements.
She also has many years of experience in working with in-house IP departments. Laura understands the internal pressure involved in managing a large patent portfolio, which may originate from multiple R&D sites. She will act responsively to quickly turn around drafting and prosecution work, often dealing directly with inventors to transform an invention disclosure into a patent application.
Laura handles patent work in various fields spanning physics, engineering and materials science, including medical devices, renewable energy, nanomaterials, semiconductors, aerospace engineering, composite materials, process technologies, spectrometry, electromechanical controls and oil/gas exploration. She drafts and prosecutes both UK and European patent applications in these fields.
Laura is regularly involved in opposition and appeal proceedings before the European Patent Office.
She can advise on all aspects of patent and design law including worldwide patent filing strategies, utility model and design registrations, enforcement of patents in Europe, IP licensing, and issues of infringement and validity.
Qualifications and Memberships
- UK Chartered Patent Attorney, 2008
- European Patent Attorney, 2007
- Certificate in IP Law, University of London, 2004
- Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys
- Member of the European Patent Institute
- Member of FICPI
MA, Msci (Hons) Physics and Materials Sciences, University of Cambridge, 2003
Masters project: "High aspect ratio piezoelectric strontium-bismuth-tantalate nanotubes", Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 15 (2003), L527-L532.