Hiro is a European and UK Patent Attorney based in our London office. He handles drafting, filing and prosecution of patent applications across a broad range of subject matter, including vaccines, antibodies, molecular biology, epigenetics and diagnostics.
A significant proportion of Hiro’s work involves coordinating prosecution of large patent families across multiple jurisdictions. As part of this work, Hiro works closely with in-house counsel and scientists, advising on all aspects of patent and filing strategies.
Hiro also works with numerous Japanese and US attorney firms to help applicants obtain European patent protection for their inventions. He also has experience in opposition proceedings before the European Patent Office.
Prior to joining the patent profession, Hiro obtained a Masters degree in Biochemistry from the University of Oxford. His degree included a research project investigating the role of ubiquitylation of histones in the recruitment of histone variants. During his studies, he also completed a summer research project funded by the Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine, studying the post-translational modification changes of histones that occur during X-chromosome inactivation.
Hiro joined J A Kemp as a trainee patent attorney in 2018 and became an associate in 2023. Hiro is based in the firm’s London office. Hiro is a fluent Japanese speaker.