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Dr James Stones

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Beck Greener

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Partner. Patents.


James specialises in the chemical, pharmaceutical and medical sectors. His chemical practice focuses mainly on ‘green energy’, including oxyfuel combustion, synthesis gas production, fuel cells and carbon dioxide sequestration, but he also has extensive experience in the fields of gas separation by adsorption and cryogenic distillation, deposition techniques for forming semiconductor wafers, and polymers for many different purposes. In the pharmaceutical field, his work includes new therapies for cardiovascular and metabolic disorders and GI-related indications, together with new techniques for the site-specific delivery of drugs. James’ experience also extends to implantable medical devices and packaged gases. James undertakes original drafting work for a number of clients based overseas as well as for UK clients. He is experienced in prosecuting applications through patent offices worldwide, and has an enviable record of success at the EPO in opposition and appeal proceedings. James has worked on projects for both innovator and generics companies, and has worked with the full range of clients from individuals to multinational companies. He provides detailed and commercially-focused advice on patent strategy and freedom to operate.

James is also a visiting lecturer at UCL School of Pharmacy on their MSc course entitled “Pharmaceutical formulation and entrepreneurship” where he lectures on the IP aspects of setting up a new pharmaceutical business. At Beck Greener, James is the partner responsible for the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) function. 


James joined Beck Greener in 1999. He qualified as a European patent attorney in 2005 and as a chartered patent attorney in 2006. He is also a European design attorney. He became a partner in 2010.


Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA).


Imperial College London (1992 BSc Chemistry); Imperial College London (1996 PhD Chemistry).

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

PATMA: Patent attorneys

Within: PATMA: Patent attorneys

Beck GreenerĀ is 'very responsive' and 'provides excellent guidance as to the subtleties of EPO practice'. Key members of the team include Avi Freeman, who specialises in electronics, physics and mechanical engineering, and John Raynor, who works heavily in the chemical and instrumentation sectors. Dr James StonesĀ is 'knowledgeable', 'incisive', 'to-the-point' and 'extremely effective'. He advisedĀ Tillotts Pharma on developing a patent portfolio for a new drug delivery technology and similarly assisted FabRx Limited with establishing a patent portfolio for the 3D printing of pharmaceuticals. Also recommended is Ben Muir, who has 'in-depth knowledge' of medical devices and pharmaceuticals, and is 'very strong' in patent law.

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