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Cooley (UK) LLP

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Patent Counseling & Prosecution
Intellectual Property
Life Sciences


Tanya Heare-Rowlands is special counsel in Cooley’s London office. She has extensive experience in patents and applications in the life sciences field. As well as drafting and prosecuting British, European and International patent applications, Tanya advises on opposition and appeal matters and provides opinions on patentability, validity and freedom-to-operate. She has an excellent track record in oral proceedings at the European Patent Office, having successfully represented her clients before both the Examining and Opposition Divisions on a variety of matters. She has worked with a number of well-known companies from small start-ups, academic institutions and universities through medium-sized pharmaceutical companies to large multinationals. Tanya works closely with her clients, to understand their commercial objectives and maximise the value in their intellectual property.

Tanya’s particular areas of interest are in the fields of pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, including biochemistry, molecular biology, immunology and genetics and also medical devices. She has worked on patent matters for a vast array of technologies, including nucleic acid sequencing technologies, molecular markers (for diagnostic, detection and screening programmes), immunotherapeutics (particularly for treating cancer and inflammatory disorders), antibodies, peptide- and protein-based vaccines, stem cells, biological assays, formulation technology (particularly for inhalation and topical use), nanoparticles (particularly for the delivery of therapeutic agents), agri-tech (particularly genetically modified crops), food products and processing (particularly health foods), filter technology, packaging technology, wound dressings, ostomy appliances, orthopaedic implants, compression devices, smart joint implant sensors and handheld surgical tools.


  • European Patent Institute
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys


  • Queen Mary, University of London
    Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, 2004, with distinction
  • University of Oxford
    DPhil, 2003
  • University of Liverpool
    BSc, 1999