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John Harbottle

John Harbottle

Part Qualified Patent Attorney

John has practised in the field of Intellectual Property since 2020, working in the life sciences and pharmaceutical sectors.

Before entering the patent profession, John graduated from the University of Leeds with a First-Class Honours degree in Pharmacology. Subsequently, John attained a Master’s degree in Drug Chemistry, graduating with Distinction from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Following this, John undertook a PhD in Molecular Biology in which he identified and investigated novel molecular mechanisms of antimicrobials targeting nucleic acid polymerases.

John joined Secerna as a Trainee Patent Attorney in March 2020.



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  • BSc in Pharmacology
  • MSc in Drug Chemistry
  • PhD in Molecular Biology

Specialist Sectors

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Microbiology
  • Nucleic Acid Technologies
  • Antibodies and Biologics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Biological and Medicinal Chemistry

Areas of special expertise

  • Advising on the patentability of inventions
  • Drafting and filing patent applications
  • Prosecuting patent applications in all major jurisdictions