Sara Holland

Sara Holland

Senior Associate - Patent Attorney

Sara is a qualified UK and European patent attorney specialising in the biotechnology field with extensive experience in prosecuting and drafting patent specifications across a range of technologies.

Sara has also been involved in a number of oppositions and appeals at the European Patent Office.

Having had a previous academic career largely based at the University of Nottingham, Sara has a particular focus on intellectual property arising from higher education institutions and spinouts and has drafted and prosecuted patent applications for a number of start-ups and universities across Europe. 
After a short time at the University of Sheffield, Sara worked for seven years as a postdoctoral research fellow. Most of her work involved investigating mechanisms of metal toxicity in the budding yeast S. cerevisiae which entailed work on many aspects of fundamental biology such as the cytoskeleton, endocytosis, iron-sulphur cluster synthesis and mRNA translation. Other work resulted in the identification of phenotypic heterogeneity in isolates of wild yeast along with a new yeast species.



Biotechnology including synthetic biology, microbial technology, antibody technology, immunotherapy, PCR-based diagnostics, biomarkers, and medical devices 


Sara studied biochemistry and genetics at the University of Nottingham before completing her PhD in genetics at the same institution, investigating the sequence requirements for a functional centromere in the yeast S pombe. 


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

Awards & Recognition

Sara was awarded the Chris Gibson prize for obtaining the highest mark in the English law exam and was the CIPA Informals East Midlands secretary for a number of years. Sara was also nominated as a Rising Star by Managing Intellectual Property for 2019. 


Sara is the vice-chair of governors at a local primary school. She enjoys reading and spending time with her family.