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PAUL DUNNE

Partner, Patent Attorney
Chemistry

Bristol

Paul’s focus is primarily in the polymers and polymer composite materials field, he has particular interest in “green” polymer materials.  His time is spread broadly across patent preparation, prosecution, and opposition work. He regularly handles opposition and appeal hearings at the EPO, where he has an excellent track record of obtaining successful outcomes for clients. He also has particular experience in coordinating third party observations against 3rd party patent applications in both Europe and the US.


Areas of Expertise

  • Polymers and polymer composite materials, in particular in the field of “green” polymer materials, where Paul has both a professional and personal interest
  • Graphene
  • Food and nutritional compositions, particularly those containing amino acids
  • Household products, in particular detergent compositions
  • Microscopy, in particular fluorescence microscopy

Clients

Paul works with a number of clients including UK based SMEs, world-leading multinationals and US and Japanese attorney clients for all kinds of work in the chemical field.

Background

Paul has a first class degree in Chemistry from the University of Oxford and a Ph.D. in Biophysical Chemistry from the University of Cambridge, which focussed on the development and application of single molecule fluorescence spectroscopy techniques to live cell systems. He has a certificate in Intellectual Property Law from Queen Mary University of London, receiving the prize for best overall marks within his year group. He qualified as a Charted Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney in 2014.

Paul carried out a two month placement with a US law firm based in Nashville, Tennessee, and continues to visit the US regularly. These experiences have helped Paul to gain useful insights into the patent system in the US, which he carries forward into his day-to-day practice.

Recommendations

Paul has been recognised as a 'key lawyer' in the 2021 and 2022 edition of The Legal 500.