Suzannah Merchant

patent attorney


Suzannah is a Technical Assistant in the Engineering Group.

She graduated from the University of Oxford in 2006 with a first-class Master of Physics degree. She remained at Oxford, where she was awarded a doctorate in the field of terahertz spectroscopy. Suzannah joined Dehns in 2011 and handles patent work in a range of physics and engineering fields. She qualified as a Chartered Patent Attorney in 2019.


Type of clients and client work

Suzannah acts for clients of various sizes, from start-ups, university spin-outs and SMEs through to multinational corporations. Her work includes drafting new patent applications, handling prosecution of patent applications worldwide, and preparing opinions on IP matters such as patentability of inventions and freedom-to-operate.



Suzannah’s work encompasses a wide variety of engineering and physics fields, including: wireless and mobile communication devices, networks and protocols; optical devices; solid state lighting devices; quantum computing; sensor networks; energy generation; mechanical devices; medical devices; nuclear decommissioning.


Qualifications and Memberships

  • Chartered Patent Attorney
  • European Patent Attorney
  • Certificate in IP Law, Brunel University, 2012
  • Student Member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys
  • Member of the European Patent Institute


Higher Education

DPhil, Physics (Terahertz Spectroscopy), University of Oxford, 2012

MPhys (First Class) Physics, University of Oxford, 2006



Suzannah’s graduate study broadly encompassed aspects of solid state physics and photonics, and in particular was concerned with spectroscopic analysis and opto-electronics. Her research focused on the analysis of terahertz data for studying the behaviour of electrons in thin-film semiconductor materials. During her undergraduate degree she specialised in lasers, optics, quantum information processing and theoretical physics.

Contact details

Willow Court
West Way
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1865 305 100