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Materials science

Materials science has developed to a point where it is now regarded as a sector in its own right.  The technology is often complex with small iterations having a marked effect on the properties of the material.  It is important to understand the technical effect behind the complex interplay between the components of the materials in order to secure the optimum protection for your invention.

Materials science is often regarded as a sub-sector of its close cousins, physics, chemistry and engineering due to the fact that many materials find their application in these sectors. However, we believe that this is an outdated approach to materials science that doesn’t do justice to its specialised nature and rapidly developing commercial relevance.

At Elkington and Fife, we realise that the rapid advances in the structure, properties and performance of materials at the molecular level, e.g. molecular devices or macroscopic level, e.g. materials with unique properties, make this a highly specialist field that should be handled by specialists who not only have in-depth knowledge of the chemistry and physics behind such materials but also understand how your products benefit from the integration of such materials and who understand the business behind your products.

Our team of attorneys is highly experienced in providing expertise in both the materials associated with research (nanomaterials, biomaterials and electronic, optical and magnetic materials) and those more closely associated with industry (ceramics and glasses, composite materials, polymers and metal alloys).

Our team includes attorneys with distinguished academic careers in nanotechnology, who have contributed to pioneering research in various materials science subjects and are therefore ideally positioned to safeguard your intellectual property and commercial interest in this rapidly developing sector.

Meet the team
Rob Zijlstra
Rob has particular experience in patent drafting and prosecution covering a wide variety of technical areas.
Simon Greene
Simon is a former EPO examiner with extensive experience in prosecution of difficult cases and drafting for clients both locally and abroad.
Richard Gillard
Richard has 15 years of experience in the full range of patent services, including drafting, prosecution, opposition and opinion work.
Erik Scheuermann
Erik has been practising intellectual property since 2003. Before joining the profession he studied Chemistry in Germany, France and the UK.
Lee Mullen
Lee prosecutes patent applications for a wide range of clients before the EPO and UK Patent Office, as well as instructing attorneys globally.
Samantha Busher
Samantha handles a full range of patent work, ranging from prosecuting applications, handling opposition and appeal work.
Mark Scott
Mark studied Chemistry at the University of Warwick graduating with a first class MChem (Hons) in Chemistry with Industrial Training.
Ellie Olivier
Ellie graduated from the University of Southampton in 2013 with a Master of Physics degree (1st class Hons).
our patent sectors
Whilst our work spans a wide range of subject areas, the majority falls within the following sectors: