Highly recommended for Life Science entrepreneurs, professionals, academic researchers and students based in the Northeast.
This Intellectual Property event offers insight into patent tactics for life science companies.
The main seminar is led by patent powerhouse Mathys & Squire, followed by 1-to-1 clinics and advisories, rounding off with beer and pizzas by Google
Take advantage of this unique opportunity to engage with IP attorneys and bring your work to the next level.
Mathys & Squire LLP
European Patent Attorney
Mathys & Squire LLP
European Patent Attorney & Chartered UK Patent Attorney
Since joining Mathys & Squire in 2015, Michael has been involved in patent prosecution in the UK, Europe, the US and other overseas territories for international companies as well as university clients.
Michael has previously worked in industry in the intellectual property (IP) function of a research and development department within a British multinational telecommunications company providing global IP support. Michael was involved in identifying, documenting and understanding the commercial value of inventions from a wide range of technologies, such as fixed and cellular telecommunications, ultrasonic sensors and financial payment methodologies.
Michael obtained his first degree and Doctoral degree from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Michael’s doctoral research was concerned with the automated microfluidic preparation and subsequent use of imaging agents for use in the medical imaging technique, positron emission tomography (PET). Michael was awarded the Young Researcher Prize in 2012, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, for his research.
During his studies, Michael won a summer studentship to perform collaborative research with the School of Natural Sciences and the Department of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials, again in Newcastle, into adapting the surfaces of medical implants and analysing the adapted surfaces using atomic force microscopy (AFM).
Michael holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law from Brunel University London.
Memberships & Organisations
Student Member of the the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA).
Member of the Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle upon Tyne.
Michael has recently been assisting in the prosecution the patent portfolio of a large multinational telecommunications company in Europe, the US, Japan, China and Korea, in respect of a broad range of telecommunications technologies. Michael has also been involved with patent prosecution in the field of robotic control systems, printing technologies and fraud detection systems.
Craig holds a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology and biochemistry, as well as a PhD in biotechnology. He works on a wide variety of technical subjects, specialising in the fields of biotechnology, biochemistry and life sciences.
Craig’s practice covers diverse biotechnological subject matter, with a particular focus on vaccines, diagnostics, gene therapy, therapeutic antibodies and peptides, and biofuels. Craig has significant experience of European and international patent prosecution, and coordinates global IP strategies for a range of clients including startups, SMEs, universities, large corporations and the UK Government.
Craig gained a first class bachelor’s degree in molecular biology and biochemistry at the University of Durham, where he ranked top in his year. He went on to the University of Cambridge to undertake a PhD in collaboration with a multinational crop research company, focusing on environmental stress tolerance in plants and the interfaces between metabolism and the cell cycle. During his time at Cambridge, Craig was awarded various PhD prizes within the Institute of Biotechnology. He also holds a certificate in Intellectual Property from the University of London as well as an Intellectual Property Litigation Certificate.
Craig has presented on the challenges of stem cell patentability in Europe and provided practical advice on how to obtain commercially-relevant patents in this technical field – a link to the full presentation is available here: European and US Patent Strategies for Cell Therapies.
Memberships & organisations
Craig is a member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA), European Patent Institute (EPI) and has been appointed One Nucleus’ IP Mentor.
Director of Operations
Colin Tan is the Director of Operations for the first international TusPark (TUS) fully-owned by TusPark Holdings, China’s largest tech ecosystem with over 300 bases in every major city in China. He advises and supports TUS’s partners in the UK to help businesses, university spin-outs, and governments to expand and grow in the Chinese market. TUS is affiliated with Tsinghua University, China’s top university for technology and science, and was created to help develop the country’s “Silicon Valley” area in Beijing, Zhongguancun, which TUS also represents for the UK.
Colin set up and works with Barclays to run TusPark Newcastle Eagle Labs, the UK's largest China-UK tech incubator network that bridges both countries, connecting UK companies directly to the TUS global network which also includes countries in South East Asia, such as Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. He is particularly interested in the fields of the Internet-of-Things, CleanTech, and the Life Sciences.
Colin is an early-stage investor and entrepreneur. He founded Rentlord, a disruptive online property management platform for ordinary landlords and tenants to rent directly with one another (Seedcamp, 500 Startups, TechCrunch Disrupt). He was entrepreneur-in-residence of and helped create Dotforge Impact, the first accelerator in the North of England funded by the Cabinet Office to help tech entrepreneurs create social impact businesses. Colin is a very active mentor and community builder for the UK tech ecosystem. He created and ran the first UK-China accelerator, FORGE, and regularly shares his insights.
Colin was formerly a Cambridge Commonwealth scholar in critical theory and philosophy. Originally from Singapore, he is also a published poet and active in the literary scene early in his career. He remains passionate about social causes, especially education, and had worked in the non-profit sector at the United Nations in Geneva.