Allie Elend > Venner Shipley LLP > Cambridge, England > Lawyer Profile

Venner Shipley LLP
Byron House, Cambridge Business Park
Cowley Road
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Chemical and Life Sciences


Allie is a European and Chartered Patent Attorney and heads up the Chemical and Life Sciences team in our Cambridge office.

Allie specialises in chemical subject matter, in particular pharmaceuticals, small molecule medicinal chemistry, active pharmaceutical ingredients, synthetic chemistry including chiral synthetic chemistry, formulation chemistry, polymorphic forms, first and further medical uses, peptides and proteins, and also cleantech, drug delivery, antisense technology, transdermal patches, medical devices and agrochemicals.  She also has experience in polymer chemistry, films and fibres, materials, petrochemicals, and process chemistry.

Allie has extensive experience in drafting and prosecuting British, European and international patent applications, as well as in patent prosecution in other countries using local attorneys. She manages large international patent portfolios and works with her clients to develop a cohesive IP strategy. Allie enjoys representing her clients at opposition and appeal hearings before the European Patent Office, where she has an enviable track record of success. She also has considerable expertise in infringement and validity issues and regularly clears her clients’ products prior to launch.

Allie has a particular interest in the pharmaceutical industry.  Her clients include international and medium-sized pharmaceutical and chemical companies, start-ups, academic institutions and universities, as well as private individuals.


  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys
  • Member of the European Patent Institute
  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry


Allie has both a first class honours degree in Chemistry and a DPhil in Organic Chemistry from the University of Oxford.  For her doctoral research she developed a new methodology for the enantiospecific synthesis of alpha,alpha-disubstituted alpha-amino acids via 2-ferrocenyl-oxazolidin-5-ones. Allie also has a Certificate in Intellectual Property Law from Queen Mary, University of London.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading Individuals)

Allie Elend Venner Shipley LLP

Venner Shipley LLP is praised by a client for having ‘a diverse team with depth and breadth of knowledge’ across patent-related mandates, covering electronics and software, which is led by Jan Walaski, mechanical and engineering headed up by Ian Grey, and chemistry and life sciences spearheaded by Siân Gill. The firm continues to handle an increasing number of patent applications, with particular expertise in AI and machine learning products; Richard Kennedy leads the firm’s AI IP offering. It also has notable strength in opposition and appeal proceedings before the EPO, and its client roster is broad ranging, including universities, SMEs, and start-ups, as well as multi-national corporations. In Cambridge, managing partner Pawel Piotrowicz is an expert in computer-implemented simulations, and Allie Elend has ‘excellent scientific knowledge’ and supports large pharmaceutical companies. Head of the firm’s Guildford office, Anton Hutter, has significant expertise in patenting antibodies, vaccines, and gene therapy constructs. The team continues to expand, with five new patent attorneys hires since July 2022.