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Dehns is one of the country’s top patent filers, and its work is appreciated by clients. “The attorneys at Dehns are skilled and offer very good advice. They have deep technical insight and know both the science and the commercial landscape of cutting-edge industries. They work well in teams, leading to lower costs. They are a go-to firm for UK and EPO work, including opposition hearings. Their service is always impeccable, and the depth of their bench is impressive.” At the top of the outfit’s prosecution roster are Christopher Davies, Robert Jackson and Philip Webber. Davies is an enormously experienced attorney and certified litigator. He has handled work across a range of industries and technical areas, including physics, engineering, electronics and telecoms. “Robert is highly knowledgeable on IP matters and can give high-value advice in cases which are outside-the-box. He will not tell you what you want to hear but what he believes is correct. Robert is a busy man but follows up cases proactively. He is a trusted adviser and always delivers high-quality products.” Webber has a PhD in molecular biology, making him a smart choice for clients in the pharmaceutical and biotech spaces. He has particular finesse navigating opposition proceedings at the EPO. Joining the above-mentioned attorneys on the IAM Patent 1000’s list of recommended patent prosecutors this year are Mark Bell, Elizabeth Jones and Christopher “Kit” Wilkins. “We have worked with Mark for over 10 years, and he has successfully prosecuted patents for us in a number of jurisdictions. Mark has been eminently competent, capable, approachable and personable at all times. He is very knowledgeable and can provide good advice as needed. His service is consistently diligent. Mark is reliable, informed and an excellent communicator, and has demonstrated himself to be eminently capable of constructively addressing any challenge.” “In short, collaborations with Liz never fail. She is a very capable professional and knows technology and the ins and outs of European patent law very well. She inspires unwavering confidence.” “Kit is an expert in cell therapy technologies and often has good ideas and insight on how to tweak and improve patent applications. Kit’s mastery of molecular details and the scope of applications greatly impresses. He immediately grasps what is most essential and thinks of all aspects of the filing under consideration. His grasp of both the European law and the biotechnologies is among the best in the business. His completes work swiftly, always on schedule and with excellent attention to detail. He is also capable of handling last-minute things and always to an excellent standard. He is a great person to work with. His demeanour and character are hyper-professional and extremely courteous. Kit can also handle EPO opposition work masterfully – his communication is detailed and timely, and includes multiple strategic options.” Alongside its prosecution side, Dehns has a small but significant solicitor practice. Paul Harris heads the litigation offering, after joining the outfit in 2021. A tenacious and strategic disputer, Harris secured a major win on behalf of a patron in the aerospace industry last year.

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