Jonathan StaffordMChem, PhD


Chartered (UK) and European Patent Attorney

Offices: Manchester (UK)

Languages spoken: English


Telephone (Office): +44 161 233 5800

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Jonathan Stafford

Jonathan handles patent matters in the chemistry and life-science sectors, with emphasis on pharmaceuticals, industrial chemistry, materials, synthetic methods and medical and diagnostic devices. Jonathan has particular expertise in the area of small molecule drugs, oil & gas, formulations, catalysis, electrochemistry, polymer additives, graphene and stereoselective synthetic processes. He also handles some mechanical subject matter, particularly in the automotive, aerospace and oil & gas sectors. Jonathan also handles design work in all fields.

Jonathan's work includes the drafting and prosecution of patent applications including coordinating the prosecution of multi-jurisdictional patent portfolios, advising on validity and infringement, preparing opposition and appeal cases before the EPO and attending hearings before the EPO's Examining and Opposition Divisions.

Jonathan's clients range from large corporations, to start-ups and university technology transfer companies. Jonathan has particular experience of advising spin-outs in patent matters from initial start-up stage to preparing for the IPO process.

Jonathan graduated from the University of Manchester with a first class honours degree in Chemistry and subsequently obtained a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Cambridge. He then went on to work as a process research chemist in a well-known multinational pharmaceutical company before entering the patent profession in 2007.

Jonathan Stafford works in the following sectors

Mechanical Engineering
Medical devices
Oil and Gas

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POSTED 1 May 2015

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