D Young & Co LLP

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D Young & Co is undoubtedly one of the United Kingdom’s strongest prosecution practices, with a deep bench of 89 dedicated patent practitioners covering nearly every technical and scientific field imaginable. One client remarks: “Our D Young & Co contacts are highly valued and trusted, delivering both quality and efficiency. D Young & Co is a firm we are able to consistently rely upon to deliver excellent work and advice.” Anthony Albutt leads the outfit’s mechanical offering with technical and legal finesse. Mobilising a background in engineering, Albutt is a perfect choice for companies across a range of technologies, from aerospace to medical devices. Recently, he and the group were selected to take over the European portfolio for the London-based Woven Planet Holdings, subsidiary of Toyota, developing systems and software for autonomous vehicles. Jonathan Jackson, a certified patent litigator, is another member of the tech team. Jackson is especially well versed in oppositions and appeals, and is renowned for his specialist expertise in telecoms, consumer electronics, sportstech and medtech. For microelectronics, computer parts and general physics, Nicholas Malden is an excellent choice. One of Malden’s strong points is his remarkable international network, part of which comes from his time serving on the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys’ international liaison committee and a research stint in Germany. David Meldrum heads the electronics group, utilising his background in electronic engineering to great effect. Meldrum heads a team that has taken on the European portfolio of semiconductor design and manufacturing company Qorvo Inc. On the chemical and biological side, the firm is equally well equipped. Organic chemistry PhD Zöe Clyde-Watson is a whizz across a range of chemical technologies, and patrons enthuse about her expertise. “Zöe has deep case history knowledge which she brings to bear in support of patenting strategies. She is very proactive in strategising actions in support of freedom to use, and she has strong opposition skills.” Former pharmaceutical in-house attorney Garreth Duncan also receives praise: “Garreth is a go-to attorney for European patent questions. He knows the pharmaceutical industry well and serves on the Intellectual Property Owners Association’s Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Issues Committee. He’s also a great guy and a true pleasure to work with.” For organic chemistry questions related to pharmaceuticals and nutrition technologies, Kirk Gallagher is a great choice. With over 20 years’ experience in the profession, Gallagher is especially well suited to complex and high-value opposition and appeal proceedings at the EPO. Alongside Neil Nachshen and Kit Wong, Gallagher takes charge of Teva’s portfolio and in a number of opposition proceedings. Nachshen has personally worked on patents for Teva for over 20 years, and, like Gallagher, is an experienced and accomplished hand at EPO oppositions. The third partner on Teva, Wong, has provided training directly to Teva’s in-house team on patent issues. She also works on patents for early-stage synthetic biology company Evonetix. The long-serving Charles Harding has worked in the patent profession for over 30 years, including 28 with D Young. Harding is an expert across the life sciences, including biotech, molecular biology and immunology. His deep knowledge of patents is put on display in his lectures at Queen Mary University of London. Passionate about enzymes, molecular biology, genetics and immunology, Tamara Milton is an experienced representative before the opposition divisions of the EPO. She has conducted numerous cases both defending and opposing key patents for clients. Technically proficient, with a PhD in biological chemistry, Simon O’Brien has also cultivated significant commercial savvy and regularly provides players across the life sciences industry with IP due diligence in advance of stock market flotations. Joining the ensemble in 2020, Jennifer O’Farrell expands the team’s range in the fields of immunology, molecular biology, biotech and biochem. Her desire to stay at the cutting edge of developments in the field is exemplified in her membership of the UK Bioindustry Association’s Cell & Gene Therapy Advisory Committee. Another expert on the bench is Lawrence King, who joins from Simmons & Simmons. An ace with pharmaceutical patents, thanks to a lengthy stint in-house at GSK, King tops up D Young & Co’s already impressive life science practice.

Firm Profile

Clients choose D Young & Co LLP for IP services, confident in the knowledge, experience and dedication that has characterised our work throughout our firm’s history.

We are proud of our heritage, built through supporting innovative organisations of every shape, size and type. Established by David Young in 1891, we have grown to become one of the United Kingdom’s largest IP firms, serving clients throughout Europe, America, Asia and all global markets.

Iam Patent 1000 writes: "D Young & Co LLP has its finger very much on the pulse of mainstream European patent prosecution. Clients looking for legal, technical and procedural excellence will find it in spades here."

More than 250 members of staff are based at offices in London, Munich and Southampton. We remain committed to providing only the best IP advice available – whether working with small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) or global businesses, and whatever the invention, technology or brand.

Our client base is diverse and international, including academic institutions, blue-chip and global organisations, research institutes, start-up companies and SMEs, and spans all industry sectors and technologies.

We offer a streamlined, cost-effective service to our clients. We advise and assist not only on UK and EU rights, but also on global portfolio management and enforcement.

Patent services

D Young & Co LLP has one of the most respected patent teams in Europe, providing the full range of patent services, including:

  • patent drafting in all relevant jurisdictions;
  • filing and prosecuting patent applications directly at the UK Intellectual Property Office, the EPO or the International Bureau of WIPO – worldwide prosecution is handled by our network of trusted overseas agents;
  • representing clients at all levels within the EPO, including oppositions and appeals;
  • portfolio audit and strategic advice;
  • infringement (freedom to operate) and validity opinions on third-party intellectual property;
  • due diligence work for funding, stock market flotation, business or project acquisition;
  • search and watching;
  • drafting and advising on IP agreements, and on non-disclosure agreements, R&D agreements, licences and assignments;
  • the exploitation of IP rights for revenue opportunities; and
  • supplementary protection certificates/patent term extensions.
  • Filing and defending patent revocation actions before the UPC
  • Filing and defending patent infringement actions before the UPC, working with local patent litigation counsel where appropriate
  • Payment of patent renewal fees (patent annuities)

Our attorneys have extensive experience in drafting and prosecuting international patent portfolios through to grant in worldwide jurisdictions.

Our patent practice has an enviable track record in EPO opposition and appeal hearings and our attorneys are active in steering legislation and policy in the United Kingdom, Germany and at the EPO, where partners are members of various influential committees.

Clients benefit from always working with specialist attorneys. Many have either worked in industry or with in-house legal departments and so have a truly commercial perspective.

We are experts in technical areas such as:

  • artificial intelligence (AI);
  • computing and IT;
  • biotechnology;
  • techbio;
  • medtech;
  • energy and greentech;
  • immunology;
  • molecular biology;
  • chemistry;
  • pharmaceuticals;
  • computer technology;
  • mobile telephony;
  • electronic and electrical engineering;
  • mechanical and manufacturing engineering; and
  • physics.

D Young & Co LLP is able to offer a broad choice and availability of representation. 

As European patent attorneys, we will be able to act before the Unified Patent Court (UPC) and are looking forward to using our extensive contentious experience gained at the European Patent Office (EPO) and Board of Appeal to act for clients in any revocation and infringement actions before the new court. 

The IAM Patent 1000 comments:

  • “You can’t fault the fantastic quality of the work D Young & Co LLP puts in. It collaborates efficiently to find the best solutions.”
  • “The group is composed of strong, consistent performers.”
  • “D Young & Co LLP has its finger very much on the pulse of mainstream European patent prosecution. Clients looking for legal, technical and procedural excellence will find it in spades here.”
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