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Elizabeth Crooks

  • Partner
  • Patents | Patent Oppositions & Appeals
  • Chemistry | CleanTech | Life Sciences | Materials | Medical Devices | Microfluidics | Nanotechnology | Pharmaceutical
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Practice and professional experience

Elizabeth is involved in all areas of patent protection, including working closely with companies to identify inventions, drafting patent applications and prosecuting them to grant.  She has extensive experience of prosecution in patent offices worldwide, including in particular, Europe, Japan, China and South Korea.

Elizabeth works with her clients to propose patent protection strategies, including invention capture and patent portfolio management.  She also provides advice on third party patents/ applications including patent landscaping and providing infringement and validity opinions.

She has particular experience in opposition and appeal proceedings before the European Patent Office.

Elizabeth works in all areas of chemistry including pharmaceutical chemistry. She has particular experience in working in the area of industrial chemistry, particularly on low Global Warming Potential fluorocarbons, materials for films and coatings, polymers, catalysts, solvents, refrigerants, foam blowing agents, security markings, propellants and large scale synthetic processes.

Elizabeth works for a variety of companies, from universities and spin out companies through to blue-chip multinational corporations.

Elizabeth has received the following industry recognition for her work within the sector:

  • Elizabeth has been acknowledged by a client in Managing IP, IP Stars 2017 edition as having an "excellent ability to think on [her] feet”, adding that she "has delivered outstanding results in terms of obtaining and defending key patents".
  • ‘Recommended’ in Managing IP’s 2016 Patent Handbook

  • Elizabeth is named as part of the team who are noted as ‘all brilliant and make a fantastic life sciences and chemistry team that displays real confidence’ - Legal 500, 2016

Qualifications

Chartered UK Patent Attorney
European Patent Attorney
IP Litigator - Patent
PhD Chemistry - University of Southampton (1998)
BSc (Double Hons) Chemistry and Biochemistry - University of Southampton (1995)

Memberships

Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)
The Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (EPI)