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Partner at Carpmaels & Ransford LLP
Susan Kirsch leads the chemistry team at Carpmaels & Ransford. She has a leading opposition and appeal practice, frequently representing clients before the Opposition Divisions and Boards of Appeal in hearings at the European Patent Office. Ms Kirsch has vast patent experience, with particular strengths in consumer products, medical devices, food science, formulation chemistry and fine chemicals, as well as industrial chemistry, catalysts and polymers. The diversity of her patent experience and her sharp insight allow her to adopt the right strategy for each case, enabling the best result for the client.
Ms Kirsch has considerable experience in all patent-related issues associated with the corporate environment. She previously spent 10 years in the patent department at Unilever, qualifying as a European patent attorney and chartered patent agent in 1994. Her work at Unilever included key product categories such as detergent and homecare products, personal products and food.
In addition to her range of patent work, Ms Kirsch has been involved in revocation and infringement actions in the English High Court as well as litigation in a number of other jurisdictions. These include nullity and infringement actions in Germany, saisie proceedings in Belgium and cross-border injunction proceedings in the Netherlands.
Owing to her substantial knowledge and experience in the industry, Ms Kirsch is a member of the European Law, Chemistry and Food and Drug Committees of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA). She is also an active member of the AIPLA women’s network and regularly attends AIPLA meetings. She is an experienced tutor for the European Qualifying Examinations at the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies in Strasbourg.