VP of San Francisco Liaison Office

James Snaith

San Francisco

James works out of our San Francisco liaison office and specialises in European patent matters relating to chemistry: particularly pharmaceuticals, polymers and other materials. His pharmaceutical experience focusses on small molecule therapies for infectious diseases, cardiology and oncology, as well as cannabinoid inventions. His materials practice spans from bioplastics to graphene and encompasses a variety of applications.
 
James works with a broad range of clients, including global corporations, SMEs, start-ups and academic institutions. He has extensive experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications in Europe and the UK, as well as co-ordinating prosecution of patent portfolios worldwide.
 
James is a regular instructor on patent law and drafting for the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). He also has experience working in-house for a global corporation as part of their intellectual property strategy team.
 
James graduated with a Master’s in Chemistry (MChem) from the University of Manchester. He also holds a second Master’s, in Intellectual Property Law (LLM), from the University of Manchester.

James has been recognised as a 'Rising star' in the 2022 edition of Managing IP's IP Stars.

European Patent Attorney
Chartered UK Patent Attorney
IP Litigator - Patent
MChem Chemistry with Patent Law - University of Manchester (2011)
LLM Intellectual Property Law - University of Manchester (2014)

N. Lee, J. Snaith and J. Etherington, News on plausibility at the EPO: G 2/21 preliminary opinion released, Kilburn & Strode (2022) 
N. Lee, J. Snaith and J. Etherington, Plausibility and post-filed data at the EPO part I – a practical guide, Kilburn & Strode (2022)
N. Lee, J. Snaith and J. Etherington, Plausibility and post-filed data at the EPO part II – the technical and legal facts of G 2/21, Kilburn & Strode (2022)
N. Lee, J. Snaith and J. Etherington, Plausibility and post-filed data at the EPO part III – a deeper dive into the case law, Kilburn & Strode (2022)
J. Snaith and J. Etherington, Edging towards a circular model: recent innovation in the design and recycling of plastics, Kilburn & Strode (2022)
J. Snaith, World IP Day, Kilburn & Strode, (2020)
J. Snaith, Plastic waste: cost or opportunity?, Kilburn & Strode, (2019)

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