Steve Smith

Steve Smith

Managing Partner & Board Member - Patent Attorney

Steve joined Potter Clarkson in 1998 and became a partner in 2007. He has been Managing Partner since January 2019.

Specialising in protecting biotechnology inventions, his experience encompasses a broad range of clients including multinational companies, early-stage and established biotech companies based throughout Europe, as well as government-funded research institutes and universities. Clients value his broad scientific knowledge, keen advocacy skills and pragmatic commercial advice.  

He has extensive experience of patent prosecution at the European Patent Office, including oppositions and appeals, and has also supported national patent litigation in the UK and Scandinavia.  

Recognised as a respected expert commentator, Steve has written articles and given numerous presentations on the patenting of biotechnological inventions.



Therapeutic/diagnostic antibodies and disease biomarkers


Steve read biochemistry at the University of Oxford before undertaking a doctorate degree in neuroscience. After completing his doctorate, Steve remained in Oxford and spent three years as a post-doctoral scientist, authoring a number of scientific papers. 


MA (Oxon), DPhil, UK and European Patent Attorney 


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