Ben Tolley

Life Sciences

European Patent Attorney

Ben is a European Patent Attorney who specialises in providing straightforward, practical advice on intellectual property matters in relation to life sciences technologies. His primary interest is in helping clients to protect, develop and maximise the value of their research. This includes drafting and prosecuting UK, European and International patent applications for a variety of life sciences technologies, but also helping clients to develop an intellectual property strategy which supports their commercial requirements.

Ben’s technical background is in molecular biology, including a first class honours degree from the University of Manchester; which gave him a broad exposure to biotechnology, biochemistry, genetics, microbiology and plant sciences. This was followed by an undergraduate scholarship and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. Publishing two papers from his PhD thesis, his research specifically focussed on dissecting the molecular mechanisms underpinning leaf development and gene expression in C4 plants, with an emphasis on developing strategies for engineering C4 photosynthesis into C3 crop systems such as rice to improve their productivity.

Prior to joining FRKelly in 2017, Ben worked with a leading London IP practice for five years. He has experience working with a wide range of clients from multinational corporations and SMEs to universities and spin-outs across a broad range of biotech subject matter. He has particular experience in the areas of gene editing tools and genetic testing, as well as plant and medical biotechnologies.


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