Damian Barnard

Trainee Patent Attorney

Damian assists in prosecuting patent applications related to sequencing technologies, microfluidics, biomarkers, antibodies, biosimilar medicaments as well as medical devices. He helps clients in coordinating prosecution of large patent portfolios in key foreign jurisdictions such as Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, South Korea and the US. Clients include SMEs, universities, multinationals as well as overseas law firms.
 
In addition to prosecution work, Damian assists in the filing of oppositions before the European Patent Office (EPO). Having spent nine months on secondment to a large multinational pharmaceutical company, he has worked alongside in-house attorneys on oppositions of strategic and commercial importance. Whilst on secondment, Damian also assisted in the prosecution of a range of applications related to pharmaceuticals and medical devices.
 
At university, Damian’s doctoral research focused on engineering enterobacteria to express non-native cellulases and hemicellulases for the utilisation of plant polysaccharides. The research resulted in the in silico design as well as characterisation of a novel library of cellulase encoding gene constructs, contributing to the burgeoning field of synthetic biology. This cross-disciplinary background serves as excellent grounding for the complex inter-disciplinary nature of Damian’s clients, which often intersect areas within engineering and life sciences.
 
Prior to joining Kilburn & Strode, Damian worked in private practice in both South Africa and Japan – gaining first-hand insight into patent prosecution and practice within these contrasting economies. To complement this experience, he also spent six months within the technology transfer office of a London university, managing invention disclosures and carrying out prior art searches.
 
Having spent his formative years in South Africa, the United Arab Emirates as well as the UK, Damian thoroughly enjoys assisting a wide range of international clients with securing IP protection.
 

Qualifications

MSc in Management of Intellectual Property - Queen Mary, University of London
PhD in Synthetic Biology - University of Edinburgh
BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences (Biotechnology) with Management - University of Edinburgh
 

Memberships

Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) - student member
The Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (EPI) - student member
The Biochemical Society
 

Selected Publications

Barnard DK et al. ‘Chapter 6 - Beyond Genetic Engineering: Technical Capabilities in the Application Fields of Biocatalysis and Biosensor’, Synthetic Biology: Character and Impact pg. 113-137, ISBN 978-3-319-02782-1 (2014)
 
Barnard DK, et al. ‘Chapter 6 - Synthetic Biology for biomass conversion’, New and Future Developments in Catalysis, pg.115-140, ISBN 978-0-444-53878-9 (2013)

  • Biotechnology
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  • Biologics
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Patents

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