Partner at Mathys & Squire LLP
Anna Gregson has more than 10 years’ experience in providing strategic IP advice. The “commercially savvy” Dr Gregson is recommended as a leading IP strategist in the inaugural IAM Strategy 300 Global Leaders guide. She is noted as a key lawyer in The Legal 500, in which she is praised for being “accessible, knowledgeable” and for her “really outstanding, can-do attitude”.
Dr Gregson specialises in strategic patent management, including the drafting and prosecuting applications, as well as coordinating worldwide patent families. As part of devising comprehensive, multi-layered protection around her clients’ innovations, she is an expert in patent landscape searching, monitoring of third-party patents and freedom-to-operate analysis. She is renowned for her ability to immerse herself in clients’ businesses, working with them to identify opportunities to add value through new intellectual property, and to provide creative solutions to strengthen their existing portfolios. With her keen commercial focus, Dr Gregson has been instrumental in developing IP portfolios that are the foundation of high-value spin-outs and university-industry partnerships.
With a formidable background in biochemistry and biotechnology, Dr Gregson obtained a first-class natural sciences degree, specialising in pathology, from Cambridge University. She also holds a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Manchester for research into the control of angiogenesis in the eye. This technical expertise enables her to provide specialist IP advice in all areas of biotechnology, including technologies such as cell and gene therapies, vaccine technologies, antibodies, viruses and virus-like particles, siRNA technology, biomarkers and diagnostics, expression systems, recombinant protein technology and therapeutics. She also has significant expertise in the fields of plant biotechnology, biopesticides and plant variety rights.
Dr Gregson is equally happy working with experienced in-house professionals and start-ups and spin-outs with limited previous IP experience. She has significant expertise in working with university and public sector clients, and is adept at balancing technical excellence, budget control, transparency and predictability to develop bespoke IP strategies to match her clients’ needs.