Hazel Ford Ph.D.
Partner, European Patent Attorney
Hazel Ford is a European patent attorney and chartered UK patent attorney. She has extensive experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications at the European Patent Office (EPO), particularly in the field of biotechnology, including antibodies, vaccines, genes and proteins, and pharmaceuticals related to drug formulation, diagnostics, and new administration regimes.
Dr. Ford also has experience coordinating patent proceedings internationally. She has broad experience with the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) system, as well as familiarity with the procedures of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and other patent offices around the world.
Dr. Ford has substantial experience with EPO opposition and appeal proceedings, both in drafting and filing oppositions against other parties' patents, and defending clients' patents against oppositions filed by their competitors. She has acted as lead counsel in hearings before the EPO's opposition divisions and boards of appeal on more than 20 occasions, including large multi-party oppositions. She has handled EPO oppositions in technologies related to antibodies, protein and antibody purification, therapeutics, and drug delivery formulations.
Dr. Ford advises clients on all aspects of patent strategy, including coordination of related patents and patent applications worldwide, interactions between drafting, prosecution and opposition matters, and assessment of how patent portfolio can be strengthened in view of a client's business goals.
- Recognized as an "IP Star" in the United Kingdom by Managing Intellectual Property, 2016.
- Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) (Fellow, 2004-present; Education Committee, 2004-2015; Life Sciences Committee, 2015-present)
- European Patent Institute (EPI) (2003-present)