David Carling

David Carling

Partner - Patent Attorney

David is a European and UK qualified patent attorney specialising in the chemical and pharmaceutical fields, and regularly co-ordinates worldwide patent strategies.

In addition to drafting and prosecuting chemical and pharmaceutical patent applications, he has been involved in several patent oppositions in the same subject areas. 

He also has experience in supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) - a form of IP that can provide an additional monopoly period beyond patent expiry for some medicinal and plant protection products - and has been involved in coordinating the prosecution of SPC applications throughout Europe, as well as filing similar patent term extension applications in Japan.  

Prior to joining Potter Clarkson in 2008, David spent two years working in regulatory affairs for a large contract research organisation, specialising in industrial chemicals and biocidal substances.  

Outside the office, David has been actively involved in the Biotechnology YES competitions, acting as an IP mentor and judge for the last three years. 



Chemistry and pharmaceuticals including small molecule pharmaceuticals, biocides, medical treatments and process chemistry


David read chemistry at the University of Nottingham and completed his doctorate in bioinorganic chemistry at the same institution in 2006.


MSci (Hons), PhD, UK and European Patent Attorney 

Awards & Recognition

His doctorate research focused on the synthesis and characterisation of analogues of molybdenum-containing enzymes, and he was awarded the Turner prize for the most outstanding inorganic chemistry thesis of his year.  


David is a keen indoor and outdoor climber and also enjoys playing football in his spare time.