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Charlotte Watkins

Charlotte Watkins


Charlotte has practised in the field of Intellectual Property since 2001, working primarily in the life sciences sector.

Charlotte also has wide experience of patent enforcement and defence globally. As well as being highly experienced before the UK Intellectual Property Office and European Patent Office, Charlotte has a notable knowledge of the patent systems of many other key jurisdictions.

Charlotte was a partner in a large firm of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys in the UK before establishing Secerna LLP in May 2011. She is also a non-executive Director of PAMIA, the body that provides professional indemnity insurance to the patent profession.


Charlotte Watkins Acknowledged in 2024 Rankings:



IAM 1000 on Charlotte Watkins: "Charlotte exhibits a high level of diligence and possesses extensive knowledge in this field. She has a remarkable ability to comprehend complex science while understanding detailed business needs. Charlotte provides valuable guidance that aligns with commercial goals."




LinkedIn: Charlotte Watkins



Secerna Partner, Charlotte Watkins and Senior Associate, Huw Jenkins will be attending the BIO International Convention from the 3rd to the 6th of June in San Diego, USA.




  • MA Cantab (Natural Sciences)
  • Chartered Patent Attorney
  • European Patent Attorney

Specialist Sectors

  • High-value Biologics
  • Analytical Techniques
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Medical Devices

Areas of special expertise

  • Drafting and filing of patent applications, oppositions and appeals
  • World-wide prosecution of patent applications
  • Management of global patent portfolios and patent lifecycles
  • Due diligence services, including funding rounds support, product clearance, mergers and acquisitions advice
  • Freedom to operate, infringement and validity opinions in technical fields that include nucleic acid tools, fusion proteins, wound therapies, therapeutic antibodies, medical devices and DNA sequencing