Appleyard Lees
Barbara Fleck

A partner in our Life Sciences team, Barbara is based in the Cambridge office. Barbara’s experience both in private practice and in-house enables her to provide commercially relevant and clear advice to her clients; in particular on integrating intellectual property into business strategy.

Barbara handles a wide range of technologies in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical area and has specialist in-depth knowledge in the fields of antibody therapeutics and agrisciences.

Barbara enjoys working closely with start-up companies, universities and SMEs. Barbara regularly provides validity and freedom to operate assessments and is experienced in drafting and prosecuting patent applications, opposition and appeal proceedings at the European Patent Office and global IP portfolio management.

Prior to joining Appleyard Lees, Barbara was Head of IP at Cambridge-based Crescendo Biologics Ltd which she joined from a partnership position at a UK-based firm. She entered the patent profession in 2002 after completing a PhD in Molecular Biology at the John Innes Centre funded by a Gatsby Plant Science scholarship.