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Chemistry

Chemistry is a huge contributor to the global economy and chemical technologies are integral to the production of almost every type of consumer and commercial product.  At Elkington and Fife, we have broad experience in a range of chemical technologies, meaning that we are perfectly placed to advise you on chemical inventions.

The world’s chemical industry is responsible for more than 70,000 products and boasts an annual turnover estimated at $3 trillion. It is an industry that has confirmed its position as one of the largest contributors to the global economy.

Chemicals are now integral to the production of almost every type of consumer product as well as a mainstay of agriculture, manufacturing, construction and even the service industries. It also fuels itself as 26% of its output is now consumed by the chemical industry.

With so much at risk it is no surprise that this is an increasingly keenly contested field. As such, it is also a field in which maintaining strong IP rights and being able to both enforce your rights and effectively oppose those of your competitors is a crucial step towards guaranteeing your continued success.

Our experienced team of chemical attorneys have helped an enormous range of industries (including rubber and plastics, textiles, petroleum refining, oil and gas, pulp and paper and primary metals) protect what is theirs and stop competitors from putting potentially disastrous obstacles in their way.

Meet the team
Richard Gillard
Partner
Richard has 15 years of experience in the full range of patent services, including drafting, prosecution, opposition and opinion work.
Oliver Kingsbury
Partner
A qualified European and UK Patent Attorney since 2002, Oliver has experience in providing a broad range of IP support.
Richard Cooke
Partner
Richard joined Elkington and Fife LLP in October 2005 and qualified as a Chartered Patent Attorney in 2008 and a European Patent Attorney in 2010.
Gordon Wright
Consultant
Gordon is a specialist in contentious patent matters, particularly relating to the pharmaceutical and life science areas.
Rob Zijlstra
Partner
Rob has particular experience in patent drafting and prosecution covering a wide variety of technical areas.
Samantha Busher
Associate
Samantha handles a full range of patent work, ranging from prosecuting applications, handling opposition and appeal work.
Erik Scheuermann
Associate
Erik has been practising intellectual property since 2003. Before joining the profession he studied Chemistry in Germany, France and the UK.
Lee Mullen
Associate
Lee prosecutes patent applications for a wide range of clients before the EPO and UK Patent Office, as well as instructing attorneys globally.
Helen Brearley
Associate
Helen has over 10 years of experience in the field of intellectual property. Helen's background is in the life sciences.
Sophy Denny
Associate
Sophy joined Elkington and Fife in April 2012 having past experience in private practice. Sophy's area of expertise covers a wide range of disciplines.
Paul Brookes
Technical Assistant
Paul enjoys working on a broad range of chemical subject-matter. Specialising in synthetic chemistry and pharmaceuticals.
Alison Jones
Technical Assistant
Alison studied Chemistry at Oriel College, University of Oxford and obtained her MChem in 2011 with First Class Honours.
Sally Bovill
Technical Assistant
Sally studied Chemistry at University College, University of Oxford and obtained her MChem in 2015 with First Class Honours.
Joshua Matley
Technical Assistant
Joshua read Chemistry at the University of Oxford and obtained his Master of Chemistry degree with First Class Honours in 2015.
Richard Scott
Technical Assistant
Richard obtained a first class MChem degree from the University of Oxford in 2009.
Andy Nicoll
Technical Assistant
Prior to joining E+F, Andy ran a scientific programme at the MRC and he retains an Honorary Senior Lectureship at UCL.
our patent sectors
Whilst our work spans a wide range of subject areas, the majority falls within the following sectors: