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The IAM Patent 1000 recommends those it considers to be the leaders in the field: only those delivering top-quality patent services make the cut.


Lifesciences partner Devanand Crease says: "We are delighted to see that the strength and depth of our patent team has been recognized by the IAM 1000. It is also great to see that more of our attorneys are being listed than ever before, with recognition for  Jonathan Goodacre who is doing great work in our Cambridge office as well as Richard Lawrence who is immensely experienced in handling complex software and telecoms and highly deserving of the accolade."


Our write-ups below speak for themselves!


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Keltie is home to some of the best patent attorneys on the UK market. Their advice is thoughtful and strategic, and they can see around corners to save time and cost down the road while obtaining commercially valuable patents. The team is very amenable, proactive, friendly and well suited to modern ways of working.


Anchoring the life sciences side is molecular biologist Devanand Crease, who has carved a niche advising university spin-outs and start-ups: “Dev is proactive in developing a strategy that is creative and goal oriented, and is a great team player – consistently collaborative and overall solid and reliable.” PhD biochemist Michael Moore spent time working at a gene therapy start-up, where his cutting-edge research saw him named as an inventor on numerous patents. Jonathan Goodacre likewise holds a PhD, this time in organic chemistry; everything from CRISPR to oil and gas technologies falls within his broad wheelhouse. This technical diversity is shared by former UKIPO examiner Judith Caldwell, who is fluent in disciplines including pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, veterinary science and medical devices. She devises sophisticated patenting strategies and conducts hawkish IP due diligence.

On the engineering side, the firm is armed with Joanne Hopley and Sullivan Fountain. Hopley can quickly parse almost any engineering invention thanks to her impeccable credentials and training (including a PhD in nuclear structure physics), and manages the worldwide patent portfolios of various global automotive companies. The interface of engineering and software is the sweet spot of mechatronics expert Fountain, who previously worked as an avionics systems engineer and also in-house at Dyson.


Further software know-how comes from Shakeel Ahmad and Richard Lawrence. Ahmad leads the IT, telecommunications and electronics teams and has a diverse practice which includes growing specialisms in fintech and 4G. Lawrence works well with emerging technologies and makes his debut in the IAM Patent 1000 thanks to glowing reviews from clients: “Richard has excellent people skills, responds well to feedback and is adept at communicating with inventors no matter what their needs or requirements.”




Keltie has extended its sphere of influence in the Irish IP market and its Galway-based team has been picking up increasingly sophisticated instructions as a result. By way of example, it recently coordinated a sweeping international filing programme spanning multiple continents and regional filing systems on behalf of Priority Drilling. Maintaining a strong focus on the medical device and life sciences sectors, it has also undertaken tasks of commercial and strategic significance for the likes of Versono Medical, which is innovating in the endovascular therapy domain. Taking the reins is Sean Cummings, a patent, designs and brands expert with an agile technical mind and a flair for dispute resolution.

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Keltie ranked again one of Europe’s top Patent Law Firms by Financial Times

In a special report based on recommendations from our clients and peers across Europe, the firm was recognised for its exceptional standards of service in all technology sectors, with particularly high accolades in IT, Biotechnology, Materials, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering.

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