John P. Hull


Expertise and Experience

John has over 15 years’ experience, working mainly in the chemical sector. His practice focuses on the specialist areas of polymers, catalysts, medical devices and scientific instrumentation.

He has also advised extensively on pharmaceuticals, chemical engineering, packaging and mechanical devices.

As well as prosecuting cases at the European and UK Patent Offices for a variety of multinational corporations, John has comprehensive experience of handling oppositions and appeals at the European Patent Office, with a high success rate.

John enjoys representing small and medium-sized UK companies, working closely with clients from early stage development right through to product launch.  This involves assessing the patent landscape, providing freedom to operate opinions, giving robust commercial advice, and drafting and prosecuting new patent applications.

John trained and qualified at Beck Greener.  He was awarded the Ballantyne prize for the highest mark in the Infringement and Validity paper in the UK final qualifying examinations.  John passed (with distinction) the Intellectual Property Litigation and Advocacy course at Nottingham Law School in 2013, providing him with enhanced rights to conduct IP litigation in the UK courts.

John is a contributor to the Guide to the Patents Acts, published on behalf of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA), the standard reference text for the UK’s patent attorneys.  John also provides a monthly update on UK patent case law for the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys journal with Anna Hatt, Matthew Ng and Sarah-Jane Crawford.


"Outstanding advocate John Hull who specialises in the chemical field" is recommended by The Legal 500 UK 2022 for patents.  Clients say: "I have worked with John Hull, and I am very impressed with his technical and legal skills. John can quickly and accurately assess various technical matters, and he has the keen acumen to make sound business and legal decisions. His advocacy skills are also outstanding.  I have always appreciated his utmost professionalism and positive attitude when working together."

Professional Qualifications

Chartered Patent Attorney 2005
European Patent Attorney 2005
Higher Courts Litigator 2013
European Design Attorney 2018

Academic Qualifications

MChem, The Queen’s College, University of Oxford 1998