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To his clients, James Stones is “more than just a patent attorney; he is a business adviser.” The head of Chemistry, Pharmaceuticals and Chemical Engineering, he is widely admired for his “deep understanding of pharmaceutical technology and patent law."

Expertise

A patent attorney who “always goes beyond the call of duty” for his clients, James focuses on the chemical, pharmaceuticals, medical and chemical engineering sectors, and has extensive experience in cryogenics, refrigeration, ‘green’ energy, medical devices and adhesives. With a “great success rate at opposition hearings,” his strength lies in the creation, management and defence of global patent portfolios for a range of high-profile companies.

As head of Chemistry, Pharmaceuticals and Chemical Engineering, James is especially well known for his experience in the pharmaceuticals and medical sectors. Here, his work includes new therapies for cardiovascular and metabolic disorders and GI-related indications, together with novel techniques for the site specific delivery of drugs, as well as implantable medical devices and packaged gases. His chemical practice is also extensive, and focuses mainly on sustainable energy technologies, including ‘green’ and ‘blue’ hydrogen production, oxyfuel combustion, synthesis gas production, and carbon capture and storage. Additionally, he has extensive experience in the fields of gas separation by adsorption and cryogenic distillation, polymers and adhesives.

James undertakes original drafting work for a wide range of international and domestic clients, from individuals to multinationals, including both innovator and generics companies. He prosecutes applications through patent offices worldwide and has an enviable record of success in opposition and appeal proceedings at the EPO. He enjoys being involved from the creation of an idea to the launch of the product, and regularly undertakes ‘invention harvesting,’ where clients’ projects are reviewed to extract potentially patentable subject matter.

James is also a visiting lecturer at the UCLs School of Pharmacy, lecturing on the IP aspects of setting up a new pharmaceuticals business as part of its MSc course entitled ‘Pharmaceutical formulation and entrepreneurship’.

At Beck Greener, James is responsible for the Corporate Social Responsibility function, which has seen him introduce a number of successful environmental initiatives as part of the ‘greener Beck Greener’ project, to reduce the firm’s carbon footprint. He also oversees the firm’s award-winning outreach work in schools to promote careers in STEM and the IP profession. James is a STEM Ambassador with the firm’s community partner, STEM Learning UK, and an Ambassador with Heart of the City, a charitable organisation dedicated to helping SMEs implement sustainability and community-based projects.

"James Stones always goes beyond the call of duty. James understands the science behind our work and has a great success rate at opposition hearings because he is always very well prepared. I feel reassured when James is handling our patent oppositions and trust that the outcome will be as desired because he has consistently won cases for us. He is more than just a patent attorney; he is a business adviser to our company."

Recommendations

James is recommended in the Legal 500 UK

“Highly skilled technically and legally – diligent, detail-oriented, and a pleasure to work with.”
Client testimonial Legal 500 UK 2020

“Always very reliable, and I only have praise for them. They are on time, helpful with their comments, answers and responses and the work is always really good quality.”
Client testimonial, pharmaceutical company, 2021

“An exemplary and gifted lawyer who can think on his feet.”
Client testimonial, Legal 500 UK 2019

“Brilliant presentation at oral hearings.”
Client testimonial, Legal 500 UK 2018

Qualifications and memberships

  • Chartered Patent Attorney 2006
  • European Patent Attorney 2005
  • PhD Chemistry, Imperial College London 1996
  • BSc Chemistry, Imperial College London 1992

Awards

The Legal 500 UK, 2022, Individual

Career

James trained at two other firms in London before joining Beck Greener. After qualification, he was an associate of the firm before becoming a partner in 2010.

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