George James

Associate, UK and European Patent Attorney

George James

George is a biotech specialist with a particular focus on nucleic acid therapeutics, including antisense oligonucleotides, siRNAs, mRNAs and gene-editing tools, as well as lipid nanoparticles and adeno-associated virus vectors.

George has experience of global patent prosecution and has worked on a number of due diligence and freedom-to-operate projects for large biopharmaceutical companies. He has also been involved in both EPO opposition and appeal proceedings involving multiple parties.

George obtained a Master’s Degree in Biochemistry with First Class Honors from University College London. For his Master’s project, George helped build and optimise a fully operational single plane illumination microscope and investigated the volumetric aspects of cell competition. During his studies, George interned at the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences where he researched the causes of cell traits, namely size control.

Published articles

  • May 2024
    EIP Updates, T 0192/22 - Is a first medical use claim a magic bullet? (link)
  • November 2023
    EIP Updates , G 2/21 applied by the referring EPO Technical Board; useful guidance on the test for reliance on post-published evidence in the post plausibility era (link)
  • May 2021
    Lawyer Monthly, Patenting Trends in Microbes and Food (link)
  • April 2021
    Quoted in Food Navigator, 'A strong patent portfolio is a valuable asset': Patent filings shine light on microbial innovation trends (link)
  • October 2020
    Lawyer Monthly, Microbes and Skincare - Insights from Innovator Activity at the European Patent Office (link)

Education and qualifications

  • UK and European Patent Attorney, 2023
  • 2020 — 2021
    Certificate in Intellectual Property Law , Queen Mary University of London
  • 2015 — 2019
    MSc Biochemistry, University College London

Career history

  • 2023 — present
    Associate, EIP
  • 2019 — 2023
    Patent Scientist, EIP

Awards and recognition

  • Best presentation prize at the UCL 2018 Biochemistry/Biotechnology/Molecular Biology Research Project Symposium"
  • Placed in the University College of London 2017 Dean’s List for Biochemistry



  • Pharmaceuticals


  • Medical devices


  • Agritech
  • Biologics
  • Biotech
  • Cell therapy
  • Gene editing
  • Immunotherapy
  • Microbiome
  • Pharmaceuticals