Chartered Patent Attorney
European Patent Attorney
Lucy graduated from Cambridge University with an Honours Degree in Natural Sciences, specialising in chemistry.
Lucy joined Gill Jennings and Every in 1992 and qualified as a Chartered Patent Attorney in 1996 and as a European Patent Attorney in 1997. She joined the partnership in 2000.
A large proportion of Lucy’s practice is in European Patent Office oppositions, acting for clients in defence of their own patents and in opposition to those of their competitors. In 14 years as a partner at GJE, she has represented her clients in over 350 European patent oppositions, handling over 200 opposition and appeal hearings in the process. She is trusted by multinationals such as Procter & Gamble and Rockwool International to handle their high-value contentious cases at the European Patent Office.
Lucy’s clients benefit from her thorough, precise and measured approach to opposition proceedings, which has resulted in numerous successes over the years. Over recent years, Lucy’s success statistics for final, non-appealable decisions before the EPO Opposition and Appeal Boards are significantly better than the average of all European firms, all UK firms and all German firms. When acting for the opponent, Lucy’s cases have resulted in 62% cases of complete revocation, and only 8% cases of maintenance as granted, compared with the EPO averages of 39% complete revocation and 28% maintenance as granted. Conversely, when acting for the patentee, Lucy’s cases have resulted in a greater number of cases maintained as granted and a lower number of cases revoked versus the EPO averages. In 2014, she achieved revocation of two key patents belonging to a competitor of Procter & Gamble, bringing an abrupt end to litigation against P&G in the Netherlands, France and UK in relation to their Ariel 3 in 1 Pods product.
With her extensive knowledge of opposition and appeal proceedings, Lucy is also well-placed to handle drafting and prosecution of those key applications that are likely to be opposed after grant due to their commercial value. Her experience of opposing patents allows her to identify and address weaknesses in an application before a potential opponent has the opportunity to do so.
Her work covers inventions ranging over the chemical and chemical engineering areas. In particular she has worked in the field of detergents and their components including surfactants, enzymes, dyes and colorants, soluble polymers, household fragrance products, polymeric films and fibres, absorbent articles and materials, food products, personal care products including skin and hair care products, therapeutic skin treatment products, pharmaceutical formulations; man-made vitreous fibre products such as insulation products and industrial horticultural growth media.
Lucy is a member of FICPI and has acted as an examiner for the UK patent final exams.