Gavin Wai

Trainee Patent Attorney

Gavin graduated from Imperial College London in 2012 with a BSc degree in Biotechnology, and from University College London in 2013 with an MSc degree in Biochemical Engineering. He was awarded academic accolades from both institutions, as well as a full BBSRC scholarship for his studies at University College London. His postgraduate research at University College London involved collaborating with a multinational research-based pharmaceutical corporation to design and optimise the chromatographical purification steps for a candidate neurodegenerative disease-reversing monoclonal antibody.

Following his academic studies, Gavin entered the patent profession and complemented his experience in private practice with experience in a multinational professional services firm, where he worked with companies’ R&D and finance departments to obtain the full spectrum of innovation incentives including cash grants, and R&D tax and Patent Box benefits.

Gavin joined Kilburn & Strode in May 2017 as a Technical Assistant in the Life Sciences and Chemistry group and is training to become a European and UK Patent Attorney.

As well as English, Gavin is a native Cantonese speaker and also has a working knowledge of Mandarin.


Certificate in Intellectual Property Law – Queen Mary University of London
MSc in Biochemical Engineering – University College London 
BSc in Biochemistry and Biotechnology – Imperial College London


Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) - student member
The Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (EPI) - student member
The Royal College of Science – associate member
The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) – affiliate member

Selected Publications

‘Allergan’s patent shield – The (Native) American dream?’, Pharmafile (2017)

  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Medical Devices
  • Biologics
  • Patents

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