Christopher is a European and Chartered UK Patent Attorney. He joined Dehns in 2007 after completing an Honours degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Durham University and a PhD and research fellowship in Plant Molecular Biology at Cambridge University. He became an Associate of the firm in 2013 and then Senior Associate in 2019.
Type of clients and client work
Clients include both large multinational companies and SMEs with various sizes of patent portfolios, and work includes evaluating inventions for patentability, drafting patent specifications and all aspects of patent prosecution, including worldwide prosecution of patent families. Christopher also provides advice on infringement and validity, opposition of granted patents and assistance with the development and management of patent portfolios.
His work covers a wide range of biotechnology, medical and cosmetic fields. For instance, he has handled applications relating to: antibodies; artificial immune systems; pharmaceuticals, including peptide and protein based drugs; new medical uses of known biomolecules; virology and vaccination; newly identified genes and proteins and isolation methods; analyte detection methods and systems; genetically modified plants, animals and microorganisms; diagnostic assays; cosmetics; array technology; biofuel production; nucleic acid sequencing, amplification and identification; and molecular biology techniques.
Qualifications and Memberships
- UK Chartered Patent Attorney, 2011
- European Patent Attorney, 2011
- Certificate in IP Law, University of London, 2009
- Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys
- Member of the European Patent Institute
- Member of the Royal Society of Biology
BSc Hons Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, University of Durham, 2000
PhD, Plant Molecular Biology, University of Cambridge, 2004
Christopher was awarded his PhD in 2004 for research into the perception of the plant hormone cytokinin, and continued his research in this field as the ‘William Colton Fellow’ at Queens’ College, Cambridge University. During his fellowship he devoted a considerable amount of time to teaching, which included a lecture series in Plant and Microbial sciences for 2nd year undergraduates, as well as supervising undergraduate tutorial groups.
Christopher frequently writes on the IP industry and the Life Sciences sector; please click HERE to review some of his articles.