Our Chemistry and Materials attorneys have a wealth of experience across a diverse range of relevant areas and technologies. These include drafting, prosecution, opposition, due diligence and freedom to operate, for commercial clients ranging from start-ups to multinational companies, as well as universities.

There are many issues in these areas that can determine whether a patent or application succeeds or fails. These include:

  • The amount and type of data to demonstrate advantages of the claimed invention
  • Whether the patent or patent application contains sufficient information for the invention to be reproduced, particularly in cases where a new compound has been made
  • Whether parameters of a novel product or composition have been clearly defined

At the beginning of the patenting process there can also be a commercial question of whether an invention should be patented or kept as a trade secret.

Examples of areas in which we have experience include:

  • Synthetic organic chemistry
  • Inorganic and solid-state chemistry
  • Agrochemicals
  • Food technology
  • Petrochemicals
  • Metal organic frameworks (MOFs)
  • Dyes, pigments and coatings
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Fuel cell chemistry
  • Battery chemistry
  • Catalysis
  • Adhesives, lubricants and additives
  • Detergent chemistry
  • Metallurgy
  • Fibre-reinforced resin composites
  • Superconductors
  • Ceramics
  • Synthetic diamond supermaterials
  • Inorganic and organic semiconductors
  • Graphene and carbon nanotubes.

Our strong Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Chemistry and Materials teams are well placed to handle interdisciplinary cases in the rapidly growing area of AI to accelerate research and development. For instance, materials informatics requires consideration of principles of patentability for both computer-implemented inventions and chemical and materials inventions.

We also have experience in the growing field of green chemistry. That includes technologies as diverse as new materials for rechargeable batteries or for solar cells, recycling polymers, and novel methods for hydrogen production as a zero-carbon energy source.

Complementing their legal, practical and technical expertise, many of our Chemistry and Materials attorneys have master’s degrees or PhDs. It is this combination of experience and knowledge that helps to ensure we provide commercially relevant advice. This allows you to strengthen your intellectual property position and make the right decisions for your organisation.