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Martin MacLean

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Martin is a Chartered Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney, and has a strong background in biochemistry and biotechnology. He represents clients ranging from UK government and blue chip biotech companies through to spin-outs/ start-ups. Martin specializes in technologies that include re-targeted toxins, vaccines, expression systems, microbial detection assays, cytokine-based therapeutics, and agrochemicals.
His principal practice areas include drafting and global prosecution, freedom-to-operate, strategic advice, and patent opposition/ defense. Technoiogy specialisations include: re-targeted toxins, vaccines, expression systems, microbial detection assays, cytokine-based therapeutics, and agrochemicals. Specific EPO Hearings include: "HiV peptides" (Adaltis, Abbott Lab, United Biomedical, Institut Pasteur, Bio-Rad Pasteur), "Factor XIM" (Novo Nordisk, Baxter, Aventis Behring), "TACI" (ZymoGenetics, Corixa, HGS), "Omega-3" (Martek Biosciences, Nagase Biochem, Aventis R&T, OmegaTech, Monsanto), "Stomach-action moliuscicides" (Young, W.Neudorff GmbH), "Pesticidai compositions" (W.Neudorff GmbH, Bayer CropScience AG), "Aqueous pesticide formulations" (Monsanto, Nufarm Australia Limited, Rhodia Operations), "RNase P detection of pathogenic organisms" (Herrmann; MacLean), "Detection of microbial residues" (DSM IP Assets, Charm Sciences), "One-step detection of antimicrobial residues" (DSM IP Assets, Charm Sciences), "Clonal virus therapeutics" (Welistat Biologies, Bayer Schering Pharma AG), "Propagation and directed differentiation of CNS stem cells" (Neuralstem Biopharma, Stem Ceils Inc.), "Recombinant EPO" (Sterrenbeld Biotechnologie; Polymun Scientific Immunbioiogische), "Neural Stimulation" (Enteromedics), "Livestock feeds" (Univ. BC, Akzo), "Salmonella vaccines" (University of Baltimore), "clostridial NTs for treating neuroendocrine conditions" (Ipsen), Clostridia! NTs for treating autocrine cancer (Ipsen; Allergen); and "Reduced offsite targeting of clostridial NTs (ipsen; Mez).


Martin obtained a first degree (Warwick University) in microbial technology, and a PhD (Warwick University) in biochemistry of acidophilic bacteria. He also has a masters degree in IP from London University. Martin qualified as a Patent Attorney in 1999, joined Mathys & Squire in the same year, and became a Partner of the firm in 2004.


Chartered Patent Attorney; European Patent Attorney; and European Design Attorney. Martin is a member of the Life Sciences Committee for the Chartered institute of Patent Attorneys (CiPA), and acts as a tutor for the UK and European Qualifying Examinations. 


Warwick University) (BA First Class Microbial Technology; PhD for research conducted into the biochemical aspects of acidophilic bacteria); London University (MA Intellectual Property).

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Mathys & Squire LLP 'really stands out from the crowd' thanks to an engineering, IT and electronics team whose advice is 'extremely technical due to its prior engineering degrees' and which has 'an impeccable understanding of IP law', and a life sciences and chemistry team that possesses 'strong scientific knowledge combined with comprehensive knowledge of European patent law'. Key figures from the engineering, IT and electronics team include Ilya Kazi, who advised Abbott Diabetes Care on the management of its patent portfolio. Sean Leach assisted Sevcon with the due diligence of its patent portfolio as part of its $200m sale to Borg Warner. Dani Kramer has 'the ability to draft clear, actionable and commercially relevant patent claims'. Paul Cozens, Alan MacDougall, Jane Clark and Catherine Booth are also recommended. On the life sciences and chemistry team, Martin MacLean is 'very sharp' and 'has a deep understanding of the law and the procedures at the EPO'. Chris Hamer is 'an outstanding lawyer' thanks to his 'combination of industry knowledge and attention to detail'. David Miller has been managing the patent portfolio of EngMab, which is new subsidiary of Celgene. Monika Rai,  Philippa Griffin, Toby Simpson and James Wilding are other noteworthy names on the team.

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