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Boult Wade Tennant LLP

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Matthew Spencer

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Boult Wade Tennant LLP

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Matthew, is a Chartered Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney and heads up our Cambridge Biotechnology and Life Sciences Group




Matthew specialises in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, biologics and healthcare fields. He regularly provides due diligence and freedom-to-operate advice to his clients in various technical areas and has particular expertise in diagnostic technologies; specifically biomarkers and personalised medicine, especially companion diagnostics, therapeutics including biologics, analyte detection technologies (including bacterial detection), pest control, fermentation processes, stem cell technologies and medical devices. He brings strategic and commercial advice to his clients and has extensive experience of supporting early stage companies seeking investment and development partners. He has also worked on a Patent Attorney’s Report for an Initial Public Offering of a pharmaceutical company specialising in plant derived medicines.

Matthew is highly experienced in developing drafting and prosecution strategies for key client portfolios worldwide. He regularly represents his clients in Oral Proceedings before the Opposition and Appeal Boards of the European Patent Office.


  • BIA
  • CIPA
  • EPI
  • One Nucleus


  • Chartered UK Patent Attorney (awarded the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys Drafting prize)
  • European Patent Attorney
  • MA (Cantab) Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge
  • MSci Biochemistry, University of Cambridge

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

PATMA: Patent attorneys

Within: PATMA: Patent attorneys

Boult Wade Tennant has 'unparalleled professionalism in UK and European IP matters' with 'fast response times', 'clear and concise advice', and 'a team of individuals with valuable expertise in various areas of technology'. Nick McLeish leads the high tech and electrical group, and alongside Tony Pluckrose  advised Boeing on its European patent portfolio. Nina White heads the biotechnology and life science group, and alongside Joanna Peak represented Hoffman-La Roche in opposing Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique's patent, which treats cognitive impairments for people with down syndrome. Matthew Spencer and James Legg defended Adaptive Biotechnologies from three opposing parties of its technology, which protects against immune profiling. Nick Widdowson is also a key figure and assisted Intelligent Fingerprinting with the development of its patent portfolio. Daniel Weston and Neil Thomson worked with Generale Biscuit on its patent portfolio. James Short assisted Gravity Industries with building its patent portfolio. Other noteworthy names include Alex Frost and Simon Kahn, who both acted for Hamamatsu Photonics against Leica Microsystems, which opposed the client's telemicroscopy patent. Adrian Hayes, Michelle Pratt and Jonathan Palmer are also recommended.

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  • Boult Wade Tennant ranked top tier for Trade Mark in MIP‚Äôs IP Stars Handbook

    We are delighted to announce that Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) has ranked our trade mark practice in the top tier of its 2016 annual survey. MIP’s IP Stars rankings are based on extensive research among thousands of intellectual property practitioners from around the globe, creating one of the most comprehensive and authoritative surveys of the IP legal market. It covers 80 countries and identifies the best patent, trade mark and copyright firms and practitioners in the world.
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