Fiona Fyfe

Director, Patents

Glasgow

  • Patents
  • QUALIFICATIONS
  • BSc (Jt Hons) Microbiology and Genetics, University of Aberdeen
  • Chartered Biologist
  • Member of the Institute of Biologists
  • Member of the Society of General Microbiology
  • European Biologist
  • Chartered Patent Attorney (UK)
  • European Patent Attorney
  • European Trade Mark and Design Attorney

Fiona Fyfe has more than 25 years of experience in the intellectual property profession. After completing her honours degree in Microbiology and Genetics, she worked at the Institute of Virology, Glasgow, a position funded by the Medical Research Council. This entailed research into vaccines and in particular research to produce improved vaccine for the treatment of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).

In 1991 Fiona joined Fitzpatricks, a firm of patent and trademark attorneys in Glasgow acquired by Murgitroyd in 2006. Her core area of expertise is biotechnology and related areas like virology, microbiology and genetics. She’s also expert in the medical field, including medical devices like orthopaedic implants and prosthetics, wound management technologies, biochemistry and immunology.

Fiona has substantial experience of drafting and prosecuting patents relating to veterinary formulations, feed formulations and additives (for both human and animal consumption), fermentation processing, plasmid and phage technology. She primarily works as a patent attorney but is also a qualified trade mark and design attorney.

She’s gained valuable knowledge and experience of a wide variety of intellectual property proceedings during her time in the field. These include oppositions and appeals before the European Patent Office, patent restoration cases before the UKIPO and infringement and validity opinion work. Her expertise also includes preparing and prosecuting designs and trade marks relating to the pharmaceutical and veterinary industry.

Fiona has carried out work relating to lesser-known plant variety rights, and filing and prosecuting supplementary protection certificates. She’s a member of Murgitroyd’s Supplementary Protection Certificate (SPC) and regulatory team.

Having travelled widely in Latin America, Fiona takes particular interest in their IP laws. She’s worked extensively with a number of Latin American countries and companies to obtain IP protection both there and in Europe.

Fiona’s clients vary from universities to multinationals. She also acts as a mentor to final year students at the University of Manchester who are studying MChem (Hons) Chemistry with Patent Law and are doing patent law projects.

Fiona is based in the Glasgow Office.

Core Expertise: Biotechnology, virology, microbiology, genetics, medical, agricultural, veterinary, pharmaceutical, healthcare, nutrition, biochemistry, immunology, vaccines, medical devices, orthopaedic implants, prosthetics, wound management.

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