Tom Harding

Tom Harding

Partner - Patent Attorney

Tom is an experienced European and UK qualified patent attorney specialising in the life sciences field.

He co-ordinates patent strategies across the world including drafting, prosecution and third-party issues, whilst providing commercially relevant advice tailored to the needs and commercial goals of each client, be they a university, SME or multinational corporation.

Tom has particular experience of obtaining patent protection in antibody technology and therapeutics/diagnostics, nucleic acid technology, disease biomarkers, drug screening and simple medical devices. He has also been involved in several patent oppositions in the same subject areas.  

Prior to joining Potter Clarkson in 2009, Tom spent four years as a research scientist in oncology bioscience at AstraZeneca, and he has been actively involved in the Biotechnology YES competitions, acting as a judge or an IP mentor to students for the last eight years.



Life sciences - antibodies, nucleic acid technology, diagnostics, disease biomarkers, drug screening and simple medical devices 


Tom studied genetics (BSc (Hons)) at the University of Nottingham, followed by an MSc in applied biomolecular technology at the same university. Tom qualified as a European Patent Attorney in 2012 and a Chartered UK Patent Attorney in 2013. 


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

Awards & Recognition

In 2011, he was awarded the Nick Wilson Memorial Award for obtaining the highest mark overall in one of the UK qualifying exams.