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EMILY HAYES

Partner, Patent Attorney
Life Sciences

Cambridge

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Most of Emily’s work is in the Life Sciences sector, with a focus on biotechnology.  Emily has extensive experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications, as well as global portfolio management, which means that she has experience prosecuting applications not just at the European Patent Office, but worldwide.  Emily has a sizeable oppositions and appeals practice and she is extremely experienced at handling hearings before the EPO.     

Areas of Expertise

  • Antibody therapeutics, particularly for oncology and treating inflammatory diseases
  • Transgenic mouse technology
  • Diagnostic methods and personalised medicine

Clients

In the UK and Europe, Emily’s clients are biopharma companies, multinational biotech corporations, as well as biotech start-ups, research charities and universities.  She also handles work for US attorney firms, as well as directly for some multinational biotech corporations based in the US.

Background

Emily has an M.Sci. degree in Natural Sciences (specialising in Biochemistry) from the University of Cambridge.  She also has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Cambridge, focussing on the development of an anti-angiogenic gene therapy for the treatment of cancer.  Emily joined Mewburn Ellis LLP in 2005, qualifying as a Chartered Patent Attorney and a European Patent Attorney in 2009.  She joined the partnership in 2013.     

In 2010, she spent three months on secondment to a US patent attorney firm in Boston, developing expertise in the US life sciences and patent sectors.  Emily has presented many seminars on European patent law practice to US patent attorneys, including at AIPLA.  She has also written for the Boston Patent Law Association newsletter.

Recommendations

Emily has been quoted in Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) about the new Rules for Procedure for the EPO Boards of Appeal. 

Quotes from clients:

The proceeding went extremely well thanks to your thorough preparation, and I compliment you for being clear and concise in your presentations to the OD - great job!  Attending the opposition and watching you in action gave me great confidence that we have chosen the right counsel for this and other EU patent matters.” 

You did a great job!  Your ability to think quickly and adjust to unpredictable situations is truly impressive.  That skill was definitely key to our success yesterday.”