Phillip is a European Patent Attorney and Chartered UK Patent Attorney. He joined Dehns in 2006 after graduating from the University of Oxford with a Masters degree in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry. He was made an associate of the firm in 2012. Phillip handles a diverse range of work in the biotechnology and life sciences fields.
Phillip became a Senior Associate in 2019.
Type of clients and client work
The majority of Phillip’s clients are small/medium sized companies and technology transfer offices. He appreciates that his clients require clear advice that is genuinely relevant to their particular commercial situation. He advises on all aspects of the patent process and actively manages global patent portfolios.
He has particular experience in developing IPR portfolios and IP strategies from scratch. This initially involves working closely with each client to identify their patentable inventions. He enjoys drafting and guiding patent applications through examination to secure robust, useful patent protection in the markets of interest to his clients.
Phillip also handles freedom to operate issues, monitors and challenges competitor patents, advises on patent infringement and enforcement issues and handles post-grant proceedings at the EPO.
He works with both R&D-based companies and scientific service providers with innovative technologies. His clients include companies in both the pharmaceutical and medical device sectors. Phillip represents a number of SMEs whose income streams depend heavily on the licensing of patent-protected technologies, so he appreciates the commercial importance of obtaining high-quality patents.
Phillip handles a diverse range of inventions in the biotechnology field, from a variety of human and animal therapies to transgenic microorganisms and industrial biotech processes. Areas of particular experience include biomaterials, biologics, drug discovery assays, diagnostics, blue biotech, oncology, glycobiology and synthetic biology. He also works with a number of innovative companies in the fields of cosmetics, nutraceuticals and human and animal nutrition.
Qualifications and Memberships
- UK Chartered Patent Attorney, 2010
- European Patent Attorney, 2010
- Certificate in IP Law, Brunel University, 2007
- Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys
- Member of the European Patent Institute
MBioch, Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, 2006, University of Oxford
Phillip was recognised as a "rising star" in the 2018 and 2019 editions of Managing Intellectual Property's IP Stars publication.
Many of Phillip's clients are based in Scandinavia. He is a frequent visitor to Aleap, Oslo Medtech and the Oslo Cancer Cluster.
Phillip is a regular contributor of articles to the Dehns website. Click HERE to access his commentary and thoughts on a wide range of IP and Biotech topics and issues.