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Synthetic and Structural Biology

Synthetic biology involves the design and construction of organisms with new or improved abilities. Individual components of existing systems or entire new biological pathways may be engineered. Structural biology studies the architecture, mechanism of function and interactions of biological molecules, and provides powerful information that can be exploited for various applications, including drug design and synthetic biology.

J A Kemp has significant experience in these fast-growing fields. We have expertise with technologies relating to gene editing and engineering, DNA synthesis and sequencing, and molecular structural analysis, with a number of first degrees, masters and PhDs in relevant areas. The wide-ranging applications of synthetic and structural biology frequently give rise to inventions that are cross-disciplinary in nature. In such cases, attorneys in our firm having technical expertise in different areas (e.g. biotechnology , chemical engineering , materials) collaborate together to ensure that your intellectual property rights receive the best possible protection. We also have a dedicated team specialising in environmentally friendly technologies, an area where synthetic biology is often harnessed to provide solutions to challenges.

We are able to handle all aspects of patent work relating to synthetic and structural biology, including strategic advice, drafting and prosecution of patent applications, and designing portfolios to maximise protection for products and processes. We have particular strength in handling oppositions and appeals at the European Patent Office (EPO).