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2 July 2023

Meet our team: Anton Hutter

Featuring our people as part of our ‘meet the team’ series, we ask Anton Hutter, one of our biotech partners heading up our Guildford office about his journey to becoming a patent attorney, why he loves his job and what else he enjoys in life.

How did you get into working in IP?
I was lucky enough to patent the results of my PhD research in brewing and yeast genetics. My project involved genetically engineering brewing yeast strains to see if we could increase their alcohol productivity. We found that we could, and so we decided to file a patent application protecting the invention. One minute I was wearing a lab coat and running experiments at the bench, and the next minute I was meeting patent attorneys to discuss my research. I was totally hooked on IP from that minute on!

What areas do you currently specialise in?
At the moment I have a lot of cases relating to vaccines, therapeutic antibodies, human genetics, and gene therapy for treating all sorts of diseases, including cancer and neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. I also have many cases in the RNA space.

What do you enjoy most about working in IP?
The incredible variety of work that I have to deal with on a daily basis. I have many clients, based in the UK and overseas, from small start-ups to universities and large pharma, and I enjoy learning about them and their different technologies. No two days are ever the same. Variety is the spice of life!

What recent successes have you had?
I have been involved in a number of complex antibody patent oppositions recently and have successfully had them revoked – much to my client’s delight.

“One minute I was wearing a lab coat and running experiments at the bench, and the next minute I was meeting patent attorneys to discuss my research. I was totally hooked on IP from that minute on!”

Anton Hutter, Partner
Chemical & Life Sciences

What’s the best thing about working at Venner Shipley?
The people, the teamwork, the collegiate atmosphere, and, importantly, the way we manage to make the workplace a lot of fun. We also have great clients doing amazing things.

What do you think is the next big thing (or on the horizon) in IP?
I am confident that we will see many more applications of the use of RNA in vaccines and in therapeutics. RNA used to be the unsung hero, but is now really making a name for itself, especially following the COVID-19 pandemic where several RNA vaccines saved the day. It will also be interesting to see how the Unitary Patent (UP) and the Unified Patent Court (UPC) develop, as they are the biggest change in European patenting in decades.

What do you do outside of work?
I like to keep fit by any means, such as mountain biking, playing lots of tennis & table tennis. I also have a huge record/CD collection and am obsessed with music, and enjoy hunting down rare records.

 

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