Mark Smith

mark.smith@harrisonip.com
telephone: +44 (0)161 499 1449
B.Bus.Sci (Hons); LLB
 
Mark is a solicitor of the High Court of South Africa and a South African-qualified trade mark attorney. Mark is a Fellow of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL), and holds a first class undergraduate degree in finance and economics and postgraduate LLB.

As one of the countless Mark Smiths of the world, Mark brings unique insight and understanding to the task of advising clients on trade marks, and in particular, on the concept of distinctiveness that is so central to trade mark law.

Mark trained and thereafter practised as an associate at South Africa’s oldest IP law firm. Before joining Harrison IP, he had practised for his own account for three years. Over the eight years of his post-qualification experience, Mark’s practice has run the gamut of contentious and non-contentious work within the realms of trade mark, copyright and unlawful competition law, spanning a broad spectrum of industries, including FMCG’s, pharmaceuticals, beauty products, telecoms, banking, FinTech, software, and food and beverages.

Mark has advised on and managed global trade mark portfolios, and undertaken availability and registrability searches across multiple jurisdictions for multinational clients. Mark has also conducted trade mark opposition and high court infringement proceedings, as well launching and defending advertising standards complaints and domain name disputes. Mark’s experience also includes the drafting of IP-related agreements, including licence and franchise, co-existence, assignment, technology transfer, and service level agreements.

In running his own firm, Mark also gained valuable experience in advising very young start-up businesses. Mark enjoys playing even a small role in setting up these smaller clients up for future success, and appreciates the sense of opportunity and entrepreneurial spirit that pervade the early stage business space.

While bringing broad and diverse experience to advising clients, Mark’s areas of most notable professional interest and expertise are within the discipline of IP valuation, which Mark regards as the perfect marriage of his undergraduate education in finance and his subsequent legal education and training. Mark has written extensively on topics related to IP valuation, and also more broadly on how innovation and IP creation might better be incentivised via changes to tax laws. Related to his valuation practice, Mark also has wide-ranging experience in conducting intellectual property due diligence exercises in the context of mergers and acquisitions.
 
Samantha Kaye

samantha.kaye@harrisonip.com
Telephone: +44 (0) 208 421 8197
BSc Microbiology & Biochemistry
MScs Bioinformatics & Management of Intellectual Property
DPhil Biochemistry
Chartered Patent Attorney
European Patent Attorney
 
Sam is a Chartered and European Patent Attorney. She holds a BSc in Microbiology and Biochemistry, MScs in Bioinformatics and Management of Intellectual Property and a DPhil in Biochemistry. Her day to day practice includes representing clients before the UKIPO, WIPO and EPO, primarily in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical fields. She has handled subject matter as diverse as simple mechanical inventions, polymer coated microorganisms, dosage regimes, burn dressings and medical devices. However, her particular area of expertise is in the field of molecular biology and bioinformatics, having undertaken doctoral and postdoctoral research utilising molecular modelling, in silico drug discovery and rational drug design.

Sam is involved in all areas of patent work from initial client contact, through drafting of the application and prosecution at home and abroad. She works closely with clients to provide robust portfolios, including supplementing patent protection with designs and trademarks and clearing access to market by making use of third party observations, opposition proceedings and patent office opinions. She advises clients on intellectual property strategy, provides infringement and validity opinions and performs freedom to operate analyses.

Sam is involved in the education and training of new and established members of the profession through her involvement with the CIPA Education Committee and the Patent Examination Board.
 
Natalie Brindle

natalie.brindle@harrisonip.com
telephone: +44 (0)161 499 1449
LLB
Registered Trade Mark Attorney
European Trade Mark Attorney
 
Natalie began her career as a trade mark attorney at Zeneca Limited in 1996, and was responsible for a portfolio of marks in the specialties and agrochemical businesses as well as the pharmaceutical business.

Following the merger with Astra in 2000, she became a trade mark advisor at AstraZeneca with responsibility for the oncology and infection therapy area portfolios. During this time Natalie dealt with all aspects of domestic and international trade mark portfolio management, from creation, clearance and registration to enforcement, licensing and assignment, and post-patent expiry exploitation.

In 2001 she move into private practice, where she expanded her knowledge to many other product areas, including healthcare products, clothing, food and drink, household and building products. Natalie has been involved with several major divestment/acquisition projects for various clients.

Natalie joined Harrison IP in February 2007 and is based in Manchester. She is experienced in opposition and appeal procedures at the UK Trade Marks Registry and OHIM and is an active member of the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA). She is on the ITMA Programme Committee and is a member of PTMG.
 
Julia D'Arcy

julia.darcy@harrisonip.com
telephone: +44(0) 141 331 4479
BSc (Chemistry)
Chartered Patent Attorney
European Patent Attorney
 
Julia is a Chartered and European Patent Attorney specialising in the protection of inventions in the chemical, pharmaceutical and medical sectors, including the protection of chemical entities and their uses, therapeutic formulations and methods of organic synthesis. Specific fields of expertise include biomaterials for the formation of biocompatible prostheses and implants; polymer sciences incorporating the synthesis and properties of polymers; medical devices ranging from contact lenses to stents and grafts; methods to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions including cancer, sexual dysfunction, cellular proliferation and differentiation; drug delivery systems including sustained release and targeted release compositions, gastroretensive systems, bioadhesive and mucoadhesive systems and micro-particulate drug delivery systems; ionic liquids and materials including diamond, paper and glass technology.

She has extensive experience of drafting and prosecuting Patent applications before the UK and European Patent Offices as well as managing the prosecution of overseas Patent portfolios. She has provided infringement and validity opinions, and has conducted due diligence as part of flotation proceedings as well as in relation to licensing, assignment and funding negotiations. She has also been involved in the resolution of entitlement and ownership disputes.

Her clients include multi-national corporate clients, universities and SMEs.
 
Barbara Diamant

barbara.diamant@harrisonip.com
telephone: +44(0)1904 795 869
Fax: +44(0)1904 795 382
European Patent Attorney
Israeli Patent Attorney
 
Barbara holds a B.Sc in biochemistry and pharmacology from King's College, University of London, and an M.Sc in immunology from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel.

Barbara has worked in the patent field since 2000 and is a European Patent Attorney and a licensed Israeli Patent Attorney. Her practice is in the areas of pharmaceuticals, chemistry, biochemistry, medical devices and mechanics. She is experienced in all aspects of preparation and prosecution of applications in Europe, as well as in the preparation of freedom-to-operate and patentability opinions.
 
Michael Harrison

michael.harrison@harrisonip.com
telephone: +44 (0)1904 795 869
MA DPhil (Chemistry)
Chartered Patent Attorney
European Patent Attorney
European Trade Mark Attorney
 
Michael's practice is currently in chemical, biochemical, pharmaceutical and mechanical patents and also in trade marks and registered designs. He is active on the Council of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys and was its president in 2005/06.

Michael's early training was carried out at the private practice firms of Boult Wade & Tennant from 1970 to 1972 and Stanley Popplewell Francis & Ross between 1972 and 1973. He joined Urquhart-Dykes and Lord in 1973 as a qualified patent attorney and later became a full partner of the firm, having considerable involvement with the firm's management and record systems. His professional activities covered a wide subject matter range and he also had a large trade mark and registered design practice.

Michael joined the law firm DLA in 1990 to set up a new patent agency department. Over a five year period he established and managed a department covering three offices in Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield. His practice included patents, trade marks and registered design work.

In 1995 Michael founded, with others, the practice of Harrison Goddard Foote and helped it grow to become one of the larger patent attorney firms in the country.
 
Anne Lacaze

anne.lacaze@harrisonip.com
telephone: +44 (0)161 499 1449
LLB, LLM
Registered Trade Mark Attorney
European Trade Mark Attorney
 
Anne is a European and Registered Trade Mark Attorney with an EC and business law degree and a Masters degree in intellectual property law.

Anne started her career as a trainee solicitor in a law firm specialising in intellectual property in Paris in 1999 where she gained experience in litigation involving trade marks and other intellectual property rights, including patents and copyright. She later moved to the UK and obtained a postgraduate certificate in intellectual property law from the University of Manchester.

In 2002 Anne joined another firm of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys where she handled large trade mark portfolios for clients in sectors such as healthcare products, clothing and footwear, food and drinks, and assisted some of these clients with large divestment projects.

Anne advises on all aspects of trade mark law, from administrative procedure for trade mark clearance, registration, opposition and appeal procedures with the UK and OHIM Offices, to transfer and enforcement of trade mark rights. She also handles domain name disputes.

Anne joined Harrison IP in 2007 and is based in Manchester. She is an active member of the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA) and organises Continuing Professional Development seminars for the North of England.
 
Adam Messulam

adam.messulam@harrisonip.com
telephone: +44 (0)20 8421 8197
BSc (Physics)
Chartered Patent Attorney
European Patent Attorney
 
Adam is a Chartered and European Patent Attorney. He holds a BSc in physics. Adam's practice is primarily directed towards the field of mechanical engineering. He specialises in the motor industry having represented a group of major motor manufacturers for many years. He particularly specialises in engine and transmission design but of late has focussed more towards emissions reduction and hybrid vehicle technology.

Adam is involved in all aspects of patent work from drafting through to opposition, appeal and licensing. He has managed patent portfolios of international corporations, but is just as at home dealing with private inventors. Adam has also independently built a web-based company from the ground up, and so can advise on the pitfalls of creating a start-up company, from the benefit of experience.
 
Alec Messulam

alec.messulam@harrisonip.com
telephone: +44 (0)20 8421 8197
BSc (Physics)
Chartered Patent Attorney
European Patent Attorney
 
Alec's practice is currently in mechanical, electrical, electronic and computer related patents and also in registered designs.

Alec entered the profession in 1968 working for IBM France as a patent translator. His early training to become an attorney was carried out at the private practice firm of W. P. Thompson & Co. (1969 to 1972).

After three years in the patents department of GEC Marconi, during which he qualified a chartered patent attorney, Alec joined Marks & Clerk in London, where he became a partner in 1977. In 1982, he left to set up A. Messulam & Co. and continued to run his own successful practice until 2011, when it merged with Harrison IP.
 
Michelle O'Neill

michelle.oneill@harrisonip.com
telephone: +44 (0)1904 795 869
BSc PhD (Molecular Biology)
Chartered Patent Attorney
European Patent Attorney
 
Michelle is a Chartered and European Patent Attorney. She holds a BSc in Biochemistry and chemistry and a PhD in Molecular Biology.

Michelle's practice centres primarily on biotechnology and chemistry, including pharmaceutical chemistry. Her specialist technical subjects include immunology, cancer therapy, diagnostics, organic synthesis and plant molecular biology.

Michelle is involved in all aspects of patent work from the preparation and prosecution of applications in the UK, Europe and overseas to defending granted patents in Opposition and Appeal procedures at the European Patent Office. She provides advice on building patent strategies and on third party patents. Michelle has managed patent term extension filing programs, both in Europe and the US, in the pharmaceutical area.

Her clients include universities, UK companies, overseas attorneys and a number of International pharmaceutical companies. Many of her clients are start-up companies.
 
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