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Patents

Patents are the core of our business.  You may be looking for some or all of the following, where we have expertise.
 

  • Drafting
     
  • Filing and prosecution
     
  • Opposition and appeals
     
  • Infringement and validity opinions
     
  • Freedom-to-operate opinions
     
  • Due diligence
     
  • Portfolio management
     

We believe that you are entitled to expect that your work is only handled by experts in your required area of patents work.  For this reason, we recruit only the best graduates and attorneys, and we retain them by providing a wide variety of patents work.  This provides us with first-class patent attorneys with rounded skill sets who will add value to your business.

The quality of your service is very good and your prices are considered to be among the best offered in the market. ”

Philips

Whether you need high-volume at low cost, or a more bespoke service, you will find it hard to find a better work product elsewhere.  Part of getting inside the business of ideas is understanding your needs and delivering a work product suitable for your business.  We have an impressive list of clients who are testament that we deliver on this promise.

As patent attorneys, we are driven by a passion and enthusiasm for science and technology.  We are first and foremost motivated to understand the technological ideas behind your business. However, we go further to understand what your business needs and deliver the patent advice which is appropriate for you.

Meet the team
Simon Greene
Consultant
Simon is a former EPO examiner with extensive experience in prosecution of difficult cases and drafting for clients both locally and abroad.
Nick Ertl
Partner
Nick has 20 years experience in the drafting of patent applications and their prosecution around the world, especially before the EPO.
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.
Richard Gillard
Partner
Richard has 15 years of experience in the full range of patent services, including drafting, prosecution, opposition and opinion work.
Rob O'Callaghan
Partner
Rob is an electronics engineer with an active opposition practice. He specialises in inventions related to digital signal processing.
Rob Zijlstra
Consultant
Rob has particular experience in patent drafting and prosecution covering a wide variety of technical areas.
James Anderson
Partner
James has experience across all aspects of patent practice. A large proportion of his time is spent working on high value European patents.
Oliver Kingsbury
Partner
A qualified European and UK Patent Attorney since 2002, Oliver has experience in providing a broad range of IP support.
Daniel Portch
Partner
Daniel's specialities include computing, computer programs, communications technology and electronic engineering.
Lee Mullen
Partner
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
Partner
Samantha handles a full range of patent work, ranging from prosecuting applications, handling opposition and appeal work.
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.
Erik Scheuermann
Associate
Erik has been practising intellectual property since 2003. Before joining the profession he studied Chemistry in Germany, France and the UK.
Mark Scott
Associate
Mark studied Chemistry at the University of Warwick graduating with a first class MChem (Hons) in Chemistry with Industrial Training.
Paul Brookes
Technical Assistant
Paul enjoys working on a broad range of chemical subject-matter. Specialising in synthetic chemistry and pharmaceuticals.
Ellie Olivier
Associate
Ellie joined E+F in 2013 and has experience in a variety of patent work including prosecution, drafting and oppositions.
Alison Jones
Technical Assistant
Alison studied Chemistry at Oriel College, University of Oxford and obtained her MChem in 2011 with First Class Honours.
Zachary Jelley
Technical Assistant
Zachary received a first class honours degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Southampton.
Neil Fenwick
Technical Assistant
Neil graduated in 2014 from the University of Bristol, obtaining a Master of Science degree in Physics and Philosophy (1st Class Hons).
Sally Bovill
Technical Assistant
Sally studied Chemistry at University College, University of Oxford and obtained her MChem in 2015 with First Class Honours.
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.
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.
our patent sectors
Whilst our work spans a wide range of subject areas, the majority falls within the following sectors: