Cecilia Ruiz


Cecilia is a European Patent Attorney. She practices in a wide area of biotechnology, in particular molecular biology, cell/tissue cultures, pharmaceuticals, nanoparticles and diagnostics. Cecilia also assists with the prosecution and management of a large patent portfolio for a multinational company specialising in animal foodstuffs.

At University, Cecilia studied Biochemistry with Forensic Science. In her research dissertation, she developed a reagent for the detection of residual proteins on re-useable surgical and dental equipment, forming part of an investigation into the decontamination of prions by the Department of Health, UK. An International patent application covering the reagent has been filed and is being prosecuted worldwide. Cecilia is a named inventor.

Cecilia’s experience includes drafting new applications, managing patent portfolios and prosecuting patent applications before the European Patent Office and the UK Intellectual Property Office, as well as in the US, China, Japan, Australia, Mexico, Brazil and Russia. Her clients include small biotech companies, universities and large pharmaceutical companies.

Besides English, Cecilia is a native Spanish speaker and has a working knowledge of French.


European Patent Attorney (2013)
MSc in Management of Intellectual Property (2008) 
Diplome d’Honneur – European Intellectual Property Institutes Network (2008)
BSc in Biochemistry with Forensic Science - Queen Mary University of London (2007)


Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)
The Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (EPI)
Royal Society of Cemistry (RSC)
The Biochemical Society
Intellectual Property Society (IPSoc)

Selected Publications

'The EPO expands exemption for search results on priority cases : news update and where next?', Kilburn & Strode Publication (Feb 2015) 

'Intellectual Property Act 2014 Issue 4: Unified Patent Court', Kilburn & Strode Publication (June 2014) 

'Second reading of the Intellectual Property Bill in the House of Commons', Kilburn & Strode Publication (Jan 2014) 

'The Global Patent Prosecution Highway', Kilburn & Strode Publication (Jan 2014) 

'Disclaiming 'Positive Embodiments' of the Invention: Enlarged Board of Appeal Decision G2/10', Kilburn & Strode Publication (Nov 2011)

  • Biotechnology
  • Nanotechnology
  • Biologics
  • Food & Beverage
  • Patents

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