Claire Baldock

Consultant

Claire is a Chartered Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney and a Consultant for the Biotechnology and Life Sciences practice group.

Claire has special expertise in patent work in the chemical, pharmacological and biotechnological fields, particularly in relation to oppositions and appeals at the European Patent Office. She is a specialist in patent due diligence exercises. She possesses technical expertise in the areas of drug delivery systems, herbal medicines, vaccines, diagnostics, fermentation technology, DNA sequencing techniques, therapeutic antibodies, biologics and pharmaceuticals.

Claire has a BSc in Biochemistry and Microbiology from the University of Leeds and an MSc in Biotechnology. She has been a longstanding member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys Life Sciences Committee, and is Chair of the AIPPI Standing Committee Q114 on Biotechnology (including Plant Varieties). She has also recently been elected to the AIPPI Council for the UK group. Claire has written numerous articles and spoken extensively on biotechnology and due diligence matters.

Recent work

  • Successfully defended a patent for a Swedish biotechnology company, which covered an antibody developed for the use in treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, and which is in clinical trials, against an opposition at the European Patent Office.
  • Represented a large pharmaceutical client before the European Patent Office Board of Appeal and succeeded in defending a patent with claims of commercial significance in the field of pain treatment.
  • Opposed a competing patent on behalf of a Californian pharmaceutical company, clearing the way for a future pegylated pharmaceutical.

Publications

Events

Westminster Legal Policy Forum, Attending, London, February 2017

Norton Rose Fulbright, Women in IP – Launch event, Speaker, London, November 2016

AIPPI World Congress 2016, Milan, September 2016

BIO International Convention, San Francisco, June 2016

AIPPI Congress, Rio de Janeiro, October 2015

Keynote speaker, plenary session on second medical use claims, AIPPI Congress, Toronto, September 2014

Chair, UK group in Executive Committee Working Session on AIPPI resolution on second medical use claims. Moderator of Pharma workshop, ‘Second medical use claims’, AIPPI Congress, Helsinki, September 2013

Moderator of Pharma workshop, ‘Human Genetic Testing Patents’, AIPPI Congress, Seoul, October 2012

Moderator of Pharma workshop, ‘Experimental Data – the standard to be met to support patentability of a potential biological pharmaceutical’, AIPPI ExCo meeting, Hyderabad, October 2011

Speaker, ‘Patents and Politics, EU Biotech Directive 10 Years On’, AIPPI Forum, Buenos Aires, October 2009

Biotechnology and Life Sciences

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Claire Baldock

Contact me

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Phone this number +44 (0)20 7430 7500

Email this address cbaldock@boult.com

My location

My location

Verulam Gardens
70 Gray's Inn Road
London
WC1X 8BT

Sectors and practice areas

Sectors

  • Biopharmaceuticals
  • Diagnostics
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Plant breeders

Practice areas

  • Clinical diagnostics
  • Drug delivery systems
  • Herbicide resistance technology
  • Pegylation technology and therapeutics
  • Plant varieties
  • Stem cell technology
  • Therapeutic antibodies

Memberships

  • AIPPI: UK Council Member, Chair of the AIPPI Standing Committee on Biotechnology (including Plant Varieties)
  • CIPA
  • EPI

Qualifications

  • Chartered UK Patent Attorney
  • European Patent Attorney
  • BSc (Hons) Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Leeds
  • MSc Biotechnology
Testimonials
'A "great name" for patent prosecution matters, Claire Baldock is known for her focus on the life sciences market. She is recognised as a "very effective opponent" by peers in contentious proceedings including opposition actions.' Chambers and Partners, 2017
Named in Managing Intellectual Property - IP Stars Top 250 Women in IP, UK, 2016
Recommended in Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars Handbook, 2016
Recommended in Who’s Who Legal: Patents, 2016
Chambers and Partners, 2016 (Band 1, Patent Attorneys, UK-wide)
'She has deep experience handling EPO oppositions and appeals, and is also an expert in patent due diligence engagements’ Chambers and Partners, 2016 (Band 1, Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys UK-wide)
“Claire Baldock is a pre-eminent life sciences expert who frequently secures protection for cutting-edge advances in the field.” IAM Patent 1000, 2015
Recommended in Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars Handbook, 2015
Recommended in Who’s Who Legal: Patents, 2015
Recommended in Euromoney’s Patent Expert Guide, 2015
“Claire Baldock is an excellent practitioner. I have worked with her for more than two decades and, where possible, send all of my European patent prosecution to her. She is exceptionally intelligent and has an excellent understanding of European patent law. She is always responsive and diligent.” Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars Handbook, 2014
‘“Claire is exceptionally good at anticipating the IP concerns of a US-based client,” says one [client]. “She knows not to explain in detail the principles of patent law where US and European laws are essentially the same (and therefore familiar to us) and then provide in-depth detail and explanations where there is a difference so that we can quickly understand the issue.”’ Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars Handbook, 2014
Recommended in Financier Worldwide’s Intellectual Property Corporate Advisor Handbook, 2014
Legal 500, 2014 (Band 1, Patent Agents)
Chambers and Partners, 2014 (Band 1, Patent Agents, UK-wide)
‘“A big name in the world of biotechnology patents”, life sciences group head Claire Baldock specialises in due diligence exercises and is a leading authority on post-grant challenges.’ IAM Patent 1000, 2014
Chambers and Partners, 2013 (Band 1, Patent Agents, UK-wide)
‘Claire Baldock is “a key person in for biotechnology” and earns a great deal of acclaim.’ IAM Patent 1000, 2012
Chambers and Partners, 2012 (Band 1, Patent Agents, UK-wide)
‘Clients find her a pleasure to work with and appreciate the fact that she always has a “keen interest in our approaches.”’ Chambers and Partners, 2011 (Band 1, Patent Agents, UK-wide)
“She is a complete biotech wiz. She is completely pragmatic about what she does.” Managing Intellectual Property, MIP World Survey, 2010 (Band 1, Trade Marks and Patents)

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