Victoria Barker


Victoria works in many different technical areas of chemistry including agrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, composites and fibres. She also has experience in oil field technology, paints, OLED’s, solar cells, nutraceuticals and sweeteners. 
Victoria’s clients include multinational companies, as well as SMEs and universities and she enjoys providing commercially focussed advice for these clients. For example, Victoria is currently involved in the management of several patent families for a multinational client to develop a global strategy and oversee prosecution in countries such as Russia, Canada, Japan, China and Australia. Working with commercially focussed clients means that Victoria has experience of EPO opposition and appeal proceedings, drafting patent applications and providing freedom-to-operate advice and opinions.
Victoria is passionate about diversity in the IP profession and set up the firm’s Lean In Circle, inspired by the book Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. Victoria and the Lean In team host internal and external events and also collaborate closely with IP Inclusive, a taskforce set up by the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys to increase diversity in the profession.


Chartered UK Patent Attorney
European Patent Attorney
DPhil Carbohydrate Chemistry, University of Oxford 
MChem Chemistry, University of Oxford


Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)
The Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (EPI)

Selected Publications

‘Carbon-branched carbohydrate chirons: synthesis of C-3 and C-4-branched sugar lactones derived from d-erythronolactone’, Tetrahedron: Asymmetry, Vol. 20(20), p2357-2367 (2009) 

‘Doubly carbon-branched pentoses: synthesis of both enantiomers of 2,4-di-C-methyl arabinose and 2-deoxy-2,4-di-C-methyl arabinose using only acetonide protection’, Tetrahedron Letters, Vol. 50(36), p5088-5093 (2009)

‘Carbon-branched carbohydrate chirons: practical access to both enantiomers of 2-C-methyl-ribono-1,4-lactone and 2-C-methyl-arabinonolactone’, Tetrahedron: Asymmetry, Vol. 19(20), p2417-2424 (2008)

‘Green aldose isomerisation: 2-C-methyl-1,4-lactones from the reaction of Amadori ketoses with calcium hydroxide’, Tetrahedron Letters, Vol. 48(4), p517-520 (2007)

  • Chemistry
  • Materials
  • Food & Beverage
  • Patents

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