Life Sciences, Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals

An overview

Intelligent management of intellectual property can fuel business growth, massively impact the bottom line, and frame the future of an organisation. Whether your organisation is evolving, or is well-established in the market, we understand that careful management of intellectual property is integral to your commercial success.

Choose us for who we are

Appleyard Lees’ attorneys are some of the best and brightest, with specialisms spanning all areas of the life sciences, including pharmaceuticals and biotech. As many of our attorneys come from in-house positions in industry, we understand the importance of providing commercially relevant and clear advice, particularly related to integrating IP into business strategy.

Choose us for the experience we offer our clients

Appleyard Lees is large enough to offer a full range of IP services and specialist knowledge relevant to companies working in the life sciences space, yet is small enough to be agile and collaborative. Our attorneys’ experience includes capturing inventions, drafting and prosecuting patent applications and managing due diligence matters. Our systems and processes ensure smooth case management and facilitate straightforward communication with our clients. We work with start-up companies, leading universities and large corporates.

Choose us for our solutions

Our solutions are flexible and tailored to achieve our clients’ objectives. We have the expertise and commercial awareness required to effectively partner with and provide strategic support to our clients, at any point in the patenting process. Our advice and approaches are adjusted according to our clients’ business aims, on a case-by-case basis.


Some of the areas in which we practice are listed:

  • Agriscience
  • AI and Machine Learning in drug discovery
  • Antibodies
  • Bacteriotherapy and microbiome
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biological deposits
  • Biosensors
  • Diagnostic methods and tools
  • Fermentation
  • Gene therapy
  • Genetic engineering
  • Genetically modified organisms
  • Genomics
  • Immunology
  • Immunotherapy
  • Industrial biotechnology
  • Medical devices
  • Medical treatment regimes
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular biology
  • Oncology
  • Personalised medicine
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Plant science
  • Protein biochemistry
  • RNA interference
  • Stem cells
  • Vaccinology
  • Virology
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Our people

Our highly dedicated and experienced team of attorneys combine a broad range of legal and technical expertise with real-world commercial insight.

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