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MA (Cantab), DPhil, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys, European Patent Attorney, Member of British Society of Immunology.

Sheena read natural sciences (biochemistry) at Cambridge University before obtaining a DPhil in immunology at Oxford University, where she won a Junior Research Fellowship to continue her research for a further year. She then went on to complete three years of postdoctoral research in microbial pathogenesis at Imperial College London.

Sheena joined Potter Clarkson in 2004 and qualified as a Chartered Patent Attorney in 2008 and a European Patent Attorney in 2009. In 2006, Sheena was awarded the Moss Prize for obtaining the highest overall mark in the foundation level patent examination papers.

Sheena advises on all aspects of patent practice and has notable expertise in drafting and prosecution of patent applications. She handles a variety of biological and chemical technologies including vaccines, immunological therapies and diagnostics, recombinant DNA technologies, and industrial microbiological processes. Sheena has a track record of successfully prosecuting patent applications before the European Patent Office (EPO), and frequently conducts oral proceedings there. She also has experience of handling European opposition and appeal proceedings.

Sheena has a particular interest in Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs). Her experience includes providing strategic advice to navigate this difficult legal area, and coordinating the prosecution of a large SPC portfolio relating to a vaccine product.