Ben handles a wide variety of patent applications spanning a broad range of technologies within the chemical field, specialising in particular in the areas of small molecule pharmaceutical chemistry, drug delivery formulations, polymers, composite materials, organic electronic materials and electrochemistry. He has a key role in the firm’s pharmaceutical chemistry practice, representing clients at all stages of the development process for clinical trial drug candidates and marketed drug products. He has particular expertise in obtaining supplementary protection certificate (SPC) protection across Europe for approved drug products.
Ben’s clients include large multinational pharmaceutical companies, universities and SMEs. He has extensive experience of drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the UK and Europe and handles the global prosecution of clients’ patent portfolios, in countries including China, Japan, India and the US. He also has an excellent track record in defending his clients’ patents in EPO opposition and appeal proceedings.
Ben graduated with an MSci in Chemistry from Imperial College London. His degree included an eight-month research project on cell-penetrating peptides carried out at the École normale supérieure, in Paris. During this time he gained a good knowledge of French.
Ben prides himself on delivering an excellent client experience and aims to bring a human side to the technical and legal advice he provides.