Meet The Team

Dr William Richards
Director

william.richards@script-ip.com
+44 (0) 1373 753 010

Academic and Research Background

Following graduation, William won a Glaxo-Wellcome Prize Scholarship leading to his PhD. He was then awarded a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Institute for Cancer Research, London. This included appointment as an Honorary Lecturer of the University of London.

Professional Experience

William joined the patent profession in 1998. He began his career at D Young & Co., training as a patent attorney, before joining K.R.Bryer & Co. in 2007. He co-founded Script IP in 2012.

His clients have included numerous universities and research institutes, early stage companies (many started at and/or spun out of academic organisations), UK and overseas SMEs, as well as multinational companies. William has experience of the differing requirements across the complete spectrum of clients from individual inventors to international corporations.

William has taken part in successful Examiner Interviews in the US Patent and Trade Mark Office.

William regularly lectures on external courses and seminars. In particular he delivers courses for trainee patent attorneys preparing for their qualifying examinations, which include the United Kingdom examination "Final Diploma Paper 4" (Patent Infringement and Validity), as well as the European examinations for "Patent Drafting" and "Patent Amendment".

Selected technical publications

Genetic analysis of interaction between a DSS disease gene and breast cancer gene. Mol Cell Biol. 1999 Jul;19(7):4633-42.

Review of progress using yeast as a model organism for human disease. Trends Genet. 1997 Feb;13(2):49-50.

Memberships

  • Member of the British Genetical Society
  • Member of the Genetics Society of America
  • Member of European Patent Institute (epi)
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys
  • Professional Representative before OHIM

Qualifications

  • European Patent Attorney
  • UK Patent Attorney
  • European Design Attorney
  • Post graduate certificate in IP, University of London, UK
  • PhD in Molecular Genetics, University of Leicester & Geneva Institute for Molecular Biology
  • Honours Degree in Biological Sciences, University of Leicester

Expertise

  • Biotechnology including antibodies
  • Diagnostics
  • Personalised medicine
  • Assays and arrays
  • Nucleic acids
  • Molecular biology
  • Structural biology
  • Food and ingredients
  • Vaccines
  • Medical devices
  • Oral proceedings in the European patent office before the Examining Division, the Opposition Division, and the Board of Appeal

I have dealt with William Richards for many years and have always found him not only very knowledgeable, but also extremely helpful. He has always shown an understanding of start-up/early stage company issues and has added value wherever possible.

George Murlewski, Managing Director, ideas2market