is Assistant Managing Counsel at Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., a subsidiary of
Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, USA. He heads the European Patent
Department based in the United Kingdom. He has a degree in chemistry and has
practiced extensively in the pharmaceutical, vaccine and biotechnological
fields for over 20 years supporting research sites in England and Italy. He has
wide experience of prosecuting applications before the EPO where he appears in ex parte and inter partes Oral Proceedings. He has filed and prosecuted a large
number of SPCs. He has been involved in major multi-jurisdictional litigation
for Merck in cases in the UK, Sweden, Belgium Germany, The Netherlands, Spain,
France and Malaysia relating to Vioxx, Fosamax, Cosopt, Propecia, Rebetol,
Isentress and Inegy as well as in the parallel import case Merck Canada Inc. and Merck Sharp & Dohme Ltd. v Sigma
Pharmaceuticals plc, SPC cases Merck
Sharp v Comptroller-General C-567/16, E-05/17
- Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. v the Icelandic Patent Office
and the leading Dutch Supreme Court case on second medical use patent
infringement and contributory infringement Merck
Sharp & Dohme Corp. v Teva B.V..
completed an LLM in Intellectual Property Litigation through Nottingham Trent
University. James is involved in IP policy issues via the IP Federation, where
he was President in 2017-18, EFPIA, IFPMA and Business Europe. He sits on the
Board Sponsored Committee for Innovation of EFPIA. He is currently very
involved in issues relating to SPCs on an EU level and in all things IP related
to Brexit. He has been included in the IAM list of the World’s 300 Leading IP
Strategists employed in industry since its inception in 2015, and is also one
of Managing Intellectual Property’s Corporate IP Stars. The European Patent
Department of MSD was awarded best in-house patent department in the
International Life Sciences Awards 2017 by Global Health & Pharma Magazine.
Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining James.
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