Adam Yates

Senior Associate


Adam is a European and Chartered UK Patent Attorney. He joined Dehns in 2008 following the completion of his PhD in embryonic stem cell biology at Edinburgh University. Prior to that, he completed a BSc (Hons) degree in Biological Sciences at Birmingham University, which included a year studying at the University of Göttingen in Germany. Adam made Senior Associate in 2024.


Type of clients and client work

Adam works with large multinational companies and SMEs. He has experience handling large patent portfolios with applications in a wide range of territories worldwide. His work includes drafting new patent applications, handling prosecution of patent application worldwide and providing opinions on the patentability of new inventions.



Adam has experience in a wide variety of subject-matter in the life sciences space, with particular experience and interest in antibody patenting. Other areas of expertise include: pharmaceuticals, biofuel production, genetically modified microorganisms, enzymes, plant biology, diagnostic methods, medical uses of known compounds and antimicrobial compounds.


Qualifications and Memberships

  • Authorised Representative before the Unified Patent Court (UPC) 2023
  • UK Chartered Patent Attorney, 2015
  • European Patent Attorney, 2012
  • Intellectual Property Law Post-Graduate Certificate, 2009 (Brunel University)
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys
  • Member of the European Patent Institute


Higher Education

BSc (Hons), Biological Sciences, Birmingham University, 2003

PhD, Embryonic Stem Cell Biology, Edinburgh University, 2007

Adam’s PhD was awarded in 2007 for his research into transcription factors in embryonic stem cells. Following the completion of his PhD studies, and before joining Dehns, he pursued this work further as a Research Fellow at Edinburgh University.

Contact details

The Brinell Building
30 Station Street
United Kingdom

+44 (0)1273 244 200 +44 (0)20 7353 8895