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Simon is a UK and European Patent Attorney with 35 years’+ experience of patent work, including drafting and filing patent applications throughout the world – in particular, before the European Patent Office (EPO). He handles prosecution, as well as opposition and appeal work, primarily in the life sciences sector. He acts for Schlich as a consultant.

His technical work has covered vaccines, pharmaceuticals, fermentation technology and  nutraceuticals. He also handles cases on gene therapy, personalised nutrition, biofuels, liposome and drug delivery technology, cancer biomarkers, micro-arrays, stem cells, green-tech and CRISPR technology.

Simon’s clients range from US multinational companies to UK academic organisations and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). He has been involved in oppositions and appeals concerning human pheromones, Hoffman-La Roche’s PCR patents, ultrasound contrast agents, medical devices and CRISPR.

Simon was involved in the seminal EPO Board of Appeal Decision T820/92 concerning contraceptive methods involving the administration of luteinising hormone-releasing hormone to women. He also acted as an expert witness, and so gave evidence to, the English High Court in the HGS v Eli Lilly litigation, which led to the first ever Supreme Court decision on a patent matter (concerning industrial applicability).

Simon is a member of the governing Councils for the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA), the Institute of Representatives before the EPO (epi) and UNION. He currently chairs CIPA’s Life Sciences Committee, which organises an annual biotech conference in the UK, and he is also the Secretary of the epi Biotech Committee. This gives him a valuable insight into future legislative and practice changes, in particular before the EPO, and the opportunity to influence future legislation.

Simon was a contributor to The CIPA Guide to the Patents Acts, 9th edition (the “Black Book”) published in December 2019.

IAM Patent 1000 identifies Simon as a “recommended individual” for his expertise in Biotechnology. Simon is reported to have “the ear of venture capitalists” and is “an influential figure in many of Europe’s IP organisations”. He is also named as a UK Patent Expert by Expert Guides.

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