Rob Pugh

Rob Pugh

Partner - Patent Attorney

Rob is an experienced patent attorney in the fields of life sciences, medical and chemical technologies, with extensive experience coordinating worldwide patent strategies, providing freedom-to-operate opinions and handling EPO oppositions, both written procedure and oral advocacy.

Prior to becoming a patent attorney Rob worked at Imperial College, London, and at Shell International in Amsterdam as a Marie Curie research fellow. Through this work Rob is an author of several academic papers, an inventor on several patents, and has contributed to a textbook, all in the fields of homogeneous catalysis and polymerisation catalysis. 

Following his academic and industrial careers, Rob joined Potter Clarkson in 2003 and became a partner in 2011.



Fluorocarbon chemical process technology, foodstuffs, enzyme technology, pharmaceutical compositions and polymer blends. Rob also handles medical device and refrigeration technology work.  


Rob read chemistry at undergraduate and PhD level at the University of Bristol. 


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

Awards & Recognition

IAM Patent 1000 - Prosecution 2021-2022


In his spare time, Rob enjoys all forms of sport and music. 



Pugh is “consistently responsive, paints a clear strategic picture for clients and quickly understands both the technical and business aims." IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals, 2021
They give sound advise from a legal perspective but they also consider the commercial aspects on projects which makes them stand out from other competitors. Mark Snelgrove, Simon Curtis, Ian Dee, Rob Pugh do an excellent job on patent litigation." Legal 500, 2020