New partner appointed at Appleyard Lees, Cambridge


Leading intellectual property firm, Appleyard Lees has announced the appointment of a second partner to its Cambridge office. Barbara Fleck joins as a specialist biotechnology Patent Attorney.

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With 15 years’ expertise in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical fields, including antibody therapeutics, RNAi technology, molecular diagnostics, gene therapy and medical devices, Barbara has worked closely with start-up companies, universities and SMEs to help their businesses succeed; in particular on integrating IP into business strategy.

She regularly provides validity and freedom to operate assessments and is experienced in drafting and prosecuting patent applications, Opposition and Appeal proceedings at the European Patent Office and global IP portfolio management.

Prior to joining Appleyard Lees, Barbara was Head of IP at Cambridge-based Crescendo Biologics Ltd. which she joined from a partnership position at a UK-based firm.

Julia Gwilt, Head Partner of the Cambridge Office at Appleyard Lees comments: “Our new office opened in Cambridge in January 2017. This appointment of Barbara as a second partner in the office demonstrates our business’s commitment to providing highly experienced IP support to our clients. Having previously worked with Barbara, I am really excited about her appointment as it will allow us to grow both our specialist Life Sciences team and our Cambridge office further and faster.”

Barbara adds: “This is an exciting time to be joining Appleyard Lees as a partner in Cambridge, one of the world’s leading biotech centres. Having worked both in private practice and in-house, I am focused on providing clear commercially relevant advice to my clients.”

In January 2017 Appleyard Lees opened its new office in Cambridge as part of its growth strategy to provide market-leading support to some of the most innovative companies worldwide. Appleyard Lees has a network of UK offices in Leeds, Halifax, Manchester and the Alderley BioHub, providing clients globally with a full spectrum of advice and a fully integrated approach to all aspects of IP.


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