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Michael Pears is a patent attorney and partner at Potter Clarkson LLP. He studied natural sciences at Cambridge University before obtaining a PhD in biochemistry at the same university, where Merck Sharp & Dohme sponsored his research. He handles a wide range of biotechnological subject matter and has particular expertise in the drafting and prosecution of patent applications concerning immunotherapy, protein stability, gene therapy, metabolic profiling, drug delivery and assay technologies. He has experience in the niche area of supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) and has been involved in coordinating the prosecution of several high-profile SPC portfolios throughout Europe, including two cases that were referred to the European Court of Justice.
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