Tony Proctor Senior Associate

Tony Proctor
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BSc (Hons), PhD, EPA, MRSC. Tony is a European Patent Attorney (EPA), with around 2 years of post-qualification experience, and  is also a part-qualified UK (Chartered) patent attorney.

He works with a wide range of clients, ranging from university spin-outs to multi-national pharmaceutical companies, handling matters relating to new chemical entities, pharmaceutical formulations and drug delivery technologies, new medical uses of known therapeutic agents, medical diagnostic kits, chemical processes and novel materials.

In each of these areas, Tony has experience in patent drafting, European and global patent prosecution, freedom-to-operate and patentability analyses, due diligence, portfolio management, and attacking and defending patents via the European opposition and appeals procedure. He has also handled the filing of numerous applications for supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) throughout Europe.

Tony has a keen interest in the pharmaceutical sector and has worked closely with his clients in order to balance their IP strategy with the demands of the associated regulatory procedures. He has delivered talks and seminars on wide-ranging topics, and to audiences as far afield as India, to which he is a regular visitor.

Prior to joining the profession, Tony obtained a first class degree in chemistry with biosciences, before completing his doctorate in synthetic organic chemistry, both at Cardiff University. Tony's doctoral research was focused on heterocyclic synthesis and product purification, and has been the subject of several patents and academic papers. His research was funded by Syngenta Ltd, a multi-national agrochemicals company, and his final year presentation was awarded their first prize.

Following this, Tony undertook a period of postdoctoral research at the University of Nottingham (funded by Cancer Research UK), developing novel Polo-like kinase inhibitors as potential therapeutic agents, before joining Potter Clarkson in 2007.

In his spare time, Tony's passion for good food leads him to regularly test his culinary skills on friends and family. He also has a love of live music, although his repertoire as a guitarist and singer is perhaps best described as being a work-in-progress.