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James Smythies

European and UK Patent Attorney

James is a European and UK Patent Attorney. He joined J A Kemp as a trainee patent attorney in 2017 and works in our London office. He obtained his BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Manchester (his degree included a placement year at Thomas Jefferson University in the USA) and a DPhil from the University of Oxford. James’ DPhil studies centred on the investigation of transcription factor binding site selection through the utilisation of cutting-edge next-generation sequencing technologies and bioinformatic analysis. During his time in academia, James was a lead- and contributing-author on numerous high-impact publications. Notably, James was also an invited speaker at the most prominent international conference in his research field.

James’ clients are predominantly UK-based biotechnology companies and UK academic institutions. Accordingly, James’ work focuses on invention spotting, drafting new applications, prosecuting European applications and instructing the prosecution of foreign applications. James also prosecutes European patent applications on behalf of a number of large US attorney firms.

His cases cover a broad array of subject matter, however he has specialist expertise in diagnostic assays, biomarkers, genomics, and bioinformatics. 

In his spare time, James enjoys running, watching football and tending to his vegetable patch.




University of Manchester, Honours Degree in Biochemistry; University of Oxford, DPhil in Molecular Biology

Professional Qualifications

European Patent Attorney; UK Chartered Patent Attorney

Membership of Professional Bodies

Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA); Member of the Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (EPI)



Tel: +44 20 3077 8600

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