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Ian has over 25 years’ experience of patent prosecution and strategy in working with small, medium and large companies and academic institutions, ranging from spin-outs to multinationals.  He has particular expertise in oppositions and has handled well over 150 opposition and appeal hearings before the European Patent Office.

MA Chemistry, First Class, University of Oxford (Keble College)

Chartered Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney, Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Research/Industry Experience:

  • The Boots Company plc – 1983-1984, Synthesis of novel compounds for medicinal use. 
  • Courtaulds plc – 1988-1990, Synthesis of monomers and polymers for advanced materials.

Ian entered the patent profession in 1990 and worked in private practice in London and Bristol before joining Potter Clarkson in 1999. 

Examples of clients:

  • Novozymes A/S
  • Loders Croklaan BV
  • Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP
  • Barry Callebaut AG
  • Vectura plc
  • Stepan Company


Current areas of special interest include biochemistry, catalysis, enzymes, lipids, fats and oils, formulations, nutrition, bulk chemicals, pharmacology and polymer chemistry.  Ian has acted as an expert witness in national litigation proceedings and has been involved in carrying out a technology audit at a leading UK university.