Kate Hickinson



Kate handles all types of chemical subject matter and has considerable experience and expertise in the pharmaceutical area having worked in-house at AstraZeneca for several years.

She is experienced in working with clients to help them to identify the best ways to protect their inventions. In the pharmaceutical area, Kate has experience in filing and prosecuting patent applications directed to new chemical entities, chemical processes, formulations, solid forms and combination therapies, as well as experience of SPCs and data exclusivity.

In addition, Kate has experience of working in a wide range of countries and regions, managing prosecution worldwide.

Kate has experience of filing oppositions and defending patents that have been opposed at the European Patent Office (EPO) and regularly attends hearings before the EPO in opposition proceedings.

Specific areas of expertise in patents:

  • Adhesive products
  • Agriscience
  • Catalysis
  • Chemical engineering
  • Clean technology
  • Cleaning materials
  • Consumer healthcare
  • Cosmetic products
  • Diagnostic methods and tools
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Fuel additives
  • Fuels/Biofuels
  • Materials science
  • Medical devices
  • Medical treatment regimes
  • Novel active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs)
  • Oil products
  • Oncology
  • Paints and coatings
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Pigments and dyes
  • Polymers
  • Processes for manufacturing chemical products
  • Speciality chemicals
  • Surfactants
  • Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs)
  • Textiles

Specific areas of expertise in disputes:

  • Appeals
  • Infringement
  • Invalidity
  • Licensing and royalty agreements
  • Oppositions
  • Revocations

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