Graham joined the IP profession as a graduate in 1993, having completed his BSc in biochemistry including special modules in molecular genetics, pharmacology, physiology and chemistry and a research thesis on the potassium channel of intact mitochondria.
After spending five years in a large London practice, Graham joined the in-house patent department of Nestle at their corporate headquarters in Vevey, Switzerland where he took responsibility for all aspects of the company’s infant nutrition, performance nutrition and clinical nutrition patent portfolios.
In 2000, already a European Patent Attorney and UK Chartered Patent Attorney, Graham moved back to the UK and joined Fry Heath Spence where he now heads the firm’s developing biotechnology practice. Graham became a partner of the firm in 2002.
As well as patent matters, Graham handles copyright, design and trade mark work and also plant variety rights and supplementary protection certificates. On the patents side Graham specialises in cases in the fields of immunology, chemistry, pharmacology, microbiology, genetic engineering, medical devices, biochemistry, dairy technology, nutrition, food engineering and simple mechanical engineering.
Graham has substantial experience of licence negotiations, drafting and prosecuting patents and trade mark applications and filing and defending oppositions and appeals before the European Patent Office.