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Andrew Sharples

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EIP Life, EIP Elements, EIP Legal.


As head of the EIP Life practice group, Andrew focuses on the life sciences; his clients ranging from start-ups to major pharmaceutical and biotech companies. His technical experience covers a range of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, functional foods and medical devices technologies.

He joined EIP after a decade in the patent prosecution group of a major international law firm. His expertise includes patent drafting and prosecution, oppositions, supplementary protection certificates and life cycle strategies. A solicitor as well as a Chartered and European patent attorney, Andrew has advised on litigious proceedings from the Patents County Court to the House of Lords, and on corporate transactions including VC investment and multi-million pound acquisitions.


Trained McDermott Will & Emery; qualified European patent attorney 2005; qualified chartered patent attorney 2006; dual qualified as a solicitor in 2010; partner EIP 2010. 


Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA); member of the Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (epi); member of the Law Society.


St Alban’s RC High School, Ipswich; University of Edinburgh (1998 BSc Molecular Biology); Queen Mary and Westerfield College, University of London (2000 MSc Management of Intellectual Property); BPP Law School (2003 Post Graduate Diploma in Law; 2007 LPC).


Keen sports fan, cook and gardener, enjoys playing strategic board games.

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

PATMA: Patent attorneys

Within: PATMA: Patent attorneys

The 'excellent' EIP is 'very responsive and professional in all matters' and has clients that include British American Tobacco, Unwired Planet and Visa. Jerome Spaargaren leads the team and specialises in electronics, computing and optics. He recently advised the semiconductor and software design company Arm on drafting and filing patents. Mechanical engineering expert Richard Gordon-Brown advised Airbus on drafting and prosecution issues. Other highlights for the firm included Chris Price advising Rakuten on opposing two patents relating to software and e-commerce and Matt Lawman assisting Reach Robotics with filing PCT applications. The 'extremely technical but also very personable' Iain Russell was recently made partner. Heather McCann, Laurence Brown, Andrew Sharples and Darren Smyth are also recommended.

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