James Legg

Partner

James, Partner, is a Chartered Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney in the Biotechnology and Life Sciences Group.

James has experience in advising on a wide range of intellectual property and commercial matters affecting both large and small biotech and life science clients. He specialises in preparing and prosecuting UK, European and PCT patent applications, and in representing clients in European opposition and appeal proceedings. He has also advised clients involved in multi-jurisdictional patent litigation.

James has particular expertise in handling patent and technology matters relating to biological therapeutics and molecular biology, acting in matters regarding antibody therapeutics and vaccines, diagnostic assays, genetic analysis, genetic engineering and gene silencing and stem cell technology. He has worked with clients from a diverse range of industries including: pharmaceuticals, biologics, biomedical, diagnostics, nutrition, and consumer goods companies.

Prior to joining the patent profession, James worked as a consultant in the innovation and technology management group at Sagentia Ltd, and was also part of a research and development team for Procter & Gamble, Brussels.

James has an MA Cantab (Natural Sciences) and a PhD in molecular biology, both from the University of Cambridge.

Recent work

  • Represented Adaptive Biotechnologies Corporation in European opposition proceedings and successfully defended European Patent No. 2 364 368 which provides broad protection for immune profiling using next-generation sequencing (NGS).
  • Assisting Cambridge-based biotech companies by filing patent applications to protect their platform technologies and developing strategies to protect applications of those technologies.
  • Assisting researchers at Uppsala University by filing patent applications to protect their platform technology relating to RNAi.

Publications

Events

BIO International Convention, San Diego, US, June 2017

BIA Networking Lunch, Cambridge, February 2017

Front Line Genomics, Festival of Genomics, London, January 2017

One Nucleus Cambridge New Therapeutics Forum, Cambridge, September 2016

One Nucleus: ON Helix 2016, Cambridge, June 2016

British Association of Pharmaceutical Physicians Lecture, Guest speaker, London, April 2016

SMi RNA Therapeutics- Guest speaker, London, February 2016

2nd Affymetrix Translational Science Community Meeting – Guest speaker, Germany, November 2015

Festival of Geonomics – Workshop organisers: Freedom to Operate, California, November 2015

SMi’s 4th Annual ADC Summit- Guest speaker, London, May 2015

February 2015 – Speaker at RNA Therapeutics conference

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Email this address jlegg@boult.com

My location

My location

CPC4 Capital Park
Cambridge Road
Cambridge
CB21 5XE

Sectors and practice areas

Sectors

  • Biologics
  • Biomedical
  • Consumer goods
  • Diagnostics
  • Nutrition
  • Pharmaceuticals

Practice areas

  • Antibody therapeutics and vaccines
  • Diagnostic assays
  • Genetic analysis
  • Genetic engineering and gene silencing
  • Stem cell technology

Memberships

  • CIPA
  • EPI

Qualifications

  • Chartered UK Patent Attorney
  • European Patent Attorney
  • PhD Molecular Biology, University of Cambridge
  • MA (Cantab) Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge

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