Rosie McDowell

Associate, UK and European Patent Attorney

Rosie McDowell

Rosie is a life sciences specialist with experience in prosecuting patent applications in a wide range of technologies including DNA sequencing, biofuels, antibodies, microbiology, pharmaceutics, assay technologies, immunology and oil recovery.

Rosie has advised universities, multinationals and SMEs on all stages of the patent process, from patentability to grant and has gained experience in all aspects of patent drafting and prosecution having spent four years at another IP firm prior to joining EIP.

Rosie has a degree in biochemistry from the University of Edinburgh. She then attended Queens University Belfast where she completed a PhD in biochemistry at the Centre for Vision and Vascular Sciences. Her research centred on investigating the reasons underlying protein adduct accumulation in the diabetic retina.


  • Secondment to the in-house patent department of a large multinational client.

Published articles

  • August 2022
    Life Science Intellectual Property Review, The Concept of “Technical Character” becomes increasingly relevant for healthcare patents – Lessons from Recent EPO BoA Decisions (link)
  • January 2022
    Med-Tech Innovation, Early stage patent strategy considerations for femtech start-ups (link)
  • December 2019
    Lawyer Monthly, Should you be able to patent genes?
  • 13 November 2019
    Health Europa, Gene patent reform in the US and the knock-on effect in Europe (link)
  • 15 August 2018
    Diabetologia, Müller glial dysfunction during diabetic retinopathy in rats is reduced by the acrolein-scavenging drug, 2-hydrazino-4,6-dimethylpyrimidine (link)
  • September 2016
    IOVS, Diabetes impairs the aldehyde detoxifying capacity of the retina (link)
  • January 2013
    Future Medicinal Chemistry, The therapeutic potential for targeting lipid aldehydes and advanced lipoxidation end products in ocular disease (link)


  • UK Chartered Patent Attorney, 2018
  • European Patent Attorney, 2018
  • 2014
    PGCert Intellectual Property Law, Brunel University
  • 2010 — 2013
    PhD in Biochemistry, Queens University Belfast
  • 2006 — 2009
    BSc Biochemistry, University of Edinburgh

Career history

  • 2017 — present
    Associate, EIP
  • 2013 — 2017
    Technical Assistant (Life Sciences), Dehns



  • Food & flavour ingredients
  • Pharmaceuticals


  • Femtech


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