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Boult Wade Tennant LLP

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Adrian Hayes

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Boult Wade Tennant LLP

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Adrian, Partner and Head of the Chemical and Materials Group, is a Chartered Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney.




He specialises in prosecuting applications worldwide and has particular expertise in relation to oppositions and appeals before the European Patent Office. He provides opinions regarding the validity and infringement of patents, as well as advice for Initial Public Offerings. Adrian is widely known throughout the profession for his advocacy skills and regularly attends over 20 Opposition or Appeal Oral Proceedings before the European Patent Office every year.

His extensive experience covers a wide range of chemical fields including: general organic chemistry, polymers, pharmaceuticals, catalysts, household products, photography, cosmetics, wood products, water treatment, inorganic chemicals and chemical engineering processes.


  • AIPLA: Foreign Associate Member
  • CIPA
  • EPI
  • PAMIA: Director


  • Chartered UK Patent Attorney
  • European Patent Attorney
  • LLM, Nottingham Law School
  • MA (Cantab) Natural Sciences, 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’s 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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