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Dr Barbara Rigby

Associate at Dehns

Brighton, United Kingdom

About Me

I am a European and Chartered Patent Attorney with over 10 years of experience at Dehns, one of the UK's leading private practice firms of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys.  I entered the IP profession after completing a degree from Cambridge University and a PhD in molecular biology from Warwick University.


My clients know that they can rely on me to provide clear, commercially-focused advice and to handle all aspects of their patent portfolios. 


I have extensive experience in drafting, filing and prosecuting patent applications in Europe and overseas, including the US, Japan, China, India, Australia and Canada. My expertise also includes the preparation of patentability opinions, freedom to operate analyses and advice regarding patent filing and licensing strategies. I also regularly handle opposition and appeal proceedings before the European Patent Office and have advised on and filed Supplementary Protection Certificates. 


I am sensitive to the individual needs of my divergent client base, which includes start-ups, university spin-outs, well-established SMEs and multinational corporations. My practice particularly focuses on helping start-ups to develop an IP strategy to protect and exploit their inventions. A significant proportion of my clients are Scandinavian start-ups and SMEs. 


My specialism is in the life sciences, particularly biotechnology, and areas of expertise include:

- stem cells 

- antibodies

- RNA technologies such as siRNA and saRNA

- DNA technologies such as PCR-based methods

- therapeutic genes, proteins or peptides

- genetically manipulated microorganisms

- vaccines and adjuvants


I also handle patent applications relating to other drugs and therapeutic treatments, particularly in the cancer field, as well as a variety of other inventions, including the purification of blood products, animal feeds, shrimp processing and enzymes, and I equally welcome the opportunity to deal with inventions in other areas of the life sciences.

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