Michelle Pratt


Michelle, Partner, is a Chartered Patent Attorney and a European Patent Attorney in the Chemical and Materials Group.

Michelle is highly experienced in drafting, filing and prosecuting UK, foreign, European and international applications in the chemical field. She has particular expertise in providing freedom-to-operate opinions. She has worked extensively on contentious matters, including oppositions and appeals before the European Patent Office and is experienced presenting cases at Oral Proceedings before the Opposition Divisions and Boards of Appeal. Michelle also frequently advises on portfolio management and provides strategic advice.

She advises across a wide range of chemical fields including: general organic chemistry; pharmaceuticals; pest control delivery methods; drug delivery systems; catalysts; and fuels/lubricants. Her diverse practice includes large corporations as well as small and medium sized companies. She has also been seconded to clients to greater understand their laboratory and field work, and commercial interests.

Michelle has an MChem and a DPhil in Inorganic Chemistry both from the University of Oxford. Her Doctorate was in supramolecular chemistry, and in particular synthesising and analysing ruthenium bipyridyl and ferrocene based anion binding receptors and self-assembled supramolecular structures.

Recent work

  • On behalf of a large US corporate client operating in the chemical industry successfully defended several European patents in opposition proceedings before the European Patent Office.
  • Advised UK based pharmaceutical company in relation to drafting, filing and prosecuting their UK and EP applications and managing their worldwide patent portfolio.
  • Acted for a large US petroleum corporate on the management of its European patent portfolio and provided strategic advice to maximise commercial value.



CIPA Congress 2018, London

International Patent Forum 2018, London

CIPA Congress 2017, London, September 2017

MIP International Patent Forum, Attending, London, March 2017

TIPLO ‘Imaginary Frontiers: IP law versus Conflicts of Laws’, London, December 2016

Women in the City Annual Lunch, London, November 2016

AIPPI World Congress 2016, Milan, September 2016

MIP International Patent Forum 2016, London, March 2016

CIPA 20th Annual Congress, October 2015

AIPPI World Intellectual Property Congress, Toronto, September 2014

2013 – AIPPI Forum & Executive Committee Meeting, Helsinki

2012 – 43rd World Intellectual Property Congress, Seoul

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Verulam Gardens
70 Gray's Inn Road

Sectors and practice areas


  • Agricultural
  • Chemical
  • Energy and resources
  • Healthcare
  • Medical devices
  • Pharmaceuticals

Practice areas

  • Catalysts
  • Chemical engineering
  • Drug delivery systems
  • Electrochemistry and battery technology
  • Environmental chemistry and green technology
  • Fuel cells
  • Fuels/lubricants
  • Gas and oil processing
  • Pharmaceutical and medicinal chemistry
  • Polymers
  • Waste treatment and waste processing


  • AIPPI: UK Council Member, Treasurer, International Membership Committee
  • CIPA
  • EPI
  • Royal Society of Chemistry


  • Chartered UK Patent Attorney
  • European Patent Attorney
  • DPhil Inorganic Chemistry, University of Oxford
  • MChem, University of Oxford
Women in Law Awards 2017, Lawyer Monthly
Recommended in Who’s Who Legal: Patents, 2016
Michelle is “very knowledgeable, not only in the field we’re in, but also with what our technology is all about.“ (Client comment, client satisfaction survey)
Recommended in Who’s Who Legal: Patents, 2015
Michelle is good at asking the right sort of questions and very proactive in taking things forward.“ (Client comment, client satisfaction survey)

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