Chartered Patent Attorney
European Patent Attorney
Director of PAMIA Limited (the UK patent attorney profession’s mutual insurer)
John graduated from the University of Aberdeen with an Honours Degree in Biochemistry.
John joined Gill Jennings & Every in 1996 after completing the MSc course in the Management of Intellectual Property at Queen Mary College (University of London). He qualified as both a Chartered and European Patent Attorney in 2001. John joined the partnership in 2003.
Prior to Gill Jennings & Every, John worked for several years as a scientist in Celltech Plc (now part of UCB).
With 20 years in the patent profession, John has huge experience advising biotechnology companies on how to protect their innovations. Working with both UK-based and overseas biotechnology companies, John has experience in obtaining patents for clients in a wide range of biotechnology subjects, including industrial biotechnology, regenerative medicine, immunology, genomics and diagnostics.
He helps clients evaluate the business potential of their IP and works with them to secure patents relevant to their business aims. He also manages large patent portfolios for clients, coordinating prosecution worldwide and handles oppositions and appeals at the European Patent Office (EPO).
John has advised on several IPOs and trade sales, and has considerable experience in carrying out due diligence and freedom-to-operate analyses, either for biotech companies or investors. A particular specialty is in advising early-stage companies, helping them put in place procedures for managing growing IP portfolios and encouraging innovation.