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

Elkington + Fife LLP is particularly visible in EPO oppositions and appeal proceedings where the team continues to be exceptionally successful, especially in proceedings for pharma clients. The firm enjoys a very good reputation for its life sciences and pharmaceutical patent prosecution work, in particular as advisor to major generics companies and its strong biotechnology track record, but also offers a very experienced electronics practice that distinguishes itself through its original application drafting capabilities. The firm’s ability to attract complex semiconductor, consumer product, materials, and robotics work is also notable. Richard Gillard in London is the head of the chemistry and life sciences group and Nick Ertl in Sevenoaks directs the electrical and mechanical group. Physics and engineering specialist Ellie Seymour in the Sevenoaks office made partner in 2021. In July 2021 Jens Grabenstein, formerly a senior associate at Carpmaels & Ransford LLP and a biotechnology and pharma expert, joined the team.