Laura Ramsay

Partner

Background

Laura is a European and UK Patent Attorney and an Authorised Representative before the Unified Patent Court (UPC). She is 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.

She joined Dehns in 2003 and 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.

 

Expertise

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

  • Authorised Representative before the Unified Patent Court (UPC) 2023
  • Basic Litigation Skills Course, 2017
  • 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

 

Higher Education

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.

 

Other

Laura has been recognised in the 2024 edition of the IAM Patent 1000, where she was complimented on being a “business-savvy practitioner who excels when working with early-stage companies in need of clear strategic advice that will set them up for success.”

Laura was also recently named as a “Recommended Individual” for Mechanics, process and mechanical engineering, in the 2024 edition of the JUVE Patent UK Rankings. 

She was listed as a “key lawyer” of the firm in 2022 and 2023 editions of the Legal 500.

Laura was singled out in the 2018 edition of the Legal 500 directory for her work with Isansys Lifecare regarding the granting of a patent for its wireless cardiac monitoring device ‘Lifetouch Sensor’.

Watch the short video below on the advantages that ConceptoMed, a Norwegian company, experienced working with Laura and using a UK patent attorney.

Contact details

Willow Court
West Way
Oxford
OX2 0JB
United Kingdom

+44 (0)1865 305 100 +44 (0)20 7353 8895

Departments

mechanical engineering, physics, dispute resolution, consulting