Dr Richard Gillard > Elkington + Fife LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Elkington + Fife LLP

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UK and European patent attorney.




Richard has 18 years of experience in a wide range of disciplines, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, materials, chemical processes, inks and printing, semiconductor fabrication and nanotechnology. Richard has experience in the full range of patent services, including drafting, prosecution, opposition and opinion work. Richard spends a considerable amount of time working for generics pharmaceutical companies. He regularly provides opinions to some of the largest generics companies in Europe. Richard has also recently been working with some of the largest law firms in the UK in taking cases from opinions to bringing UK revocation proceedings. Richard also has continued heavy involvement in EPO opposition work. Richard has been involved in a number of multiparty EPO opposition proceedings. Richard maintains a general portfolio of clients in other areas of chemistry and life sciences, and often sends and receives instructions from a number of large US, Japanese and Korean private practice firms. Specialist technical fields include: materials science; medical technology; pharmaceuticals; semiconductors. Areas of expertise include: due diligence; filing and prosecution; freedom to operate opinions; oppositions and appeals; portfolio management.


English, French and German


University of Birmingham (BSc, PH.d); University of Montpellier.

Lawyer Rankings

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > PATMA: Patent attorneys

Demonstrating its continued capability and success in EPO opposition and appeal proceedings, Elkington + Fife LLP is ‘efficient, knowledgeable and experienced in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors’, and advises its roster of clients on patent prosecution matters. The team counts biotechnology mandates in its workload, as well as patent drafting for multinational companies, such as Philips and IBM, in the electronics field. From the firm’s office in London, senior partner Richard Gillard leads the chemistry and life sciences group, and is the firm’s key contact for EPO opposition and appeals work, while Sevenoaks-based Nick Ertl heads up the electrical and mechanical team, and has experience in drafting patent applications, particularly for corporate clients. London-based Jens Grabenstein is another key member of the team, who assists biotechnology companies in building their patent portfolios.