Meet The Team

Dr James A. Knowles
+44 (0) 1373 753 010

Academic and Research Background

James obtained a BSc in Chemistry and a doctorate in chemistry both from the University of Exeter. After his PhD he worked as a postdoctoral researcher and then as a research scientist in-house for Pilkington. James trained as a patent attorney in the intellectual property department of Pilkington. Prior to joining Script IP Ltd, he also worked as a patent attorney for 3M and in private practices in the UK.

Professional Experience

James specialises in chemistry, materials science, surface science, polymer science, pharmaceuticals and food science.

James has over 20 years of professional experience in the field of intellectual property. He has drafted and prosecuted a large number of patent applications before the UK and European Patent Offices and in other jurisdictions and has successfully opposed many granted European patents. James has appeared in many hearings before the Opposition Divisions and Boards of Appeal of the EPO.

James won the Moss prize for the examinations of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys in 1998 and qualified as a Chartered and European Patent Attorney in 2002. He is a trade mark and design representative before EU IPO (the EU trade marks and designs office).

Selected technical publications

Preparation and characterisation of mesoporous, high-surface-area zirconium (IV) oxide
MJ Hudson, JA Knowles
Journal of Materials Chemistry 6 (1), 89-95

The isomorphous acid salts α-Zr (HPO4) 2· H2O, α-Ti (HPO4) 2· H2O and α-Zr (HAsO4) 2· H2O Comparative thermochemistry and vibrational spectroscopy
RCT Slade, JA Knowles, DJ Jones, J Rozière
Solid State Ionics 96 (1-2), 9-19


  • Member of European Patent Institute (epi)
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys


  • European Patent Attorney
  • UK Patent Attorney
  • UK Design Attorney
  • PhD in chemistry, University of Exeter, UK
  • BSc (Hons) in chemistry, University of Exeter, UK


  • Chemistry
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Drug Formulations
  • Food Science
  • Polymer Science, Materials Chemistry and Technology
  • Metallurgy
  • Semi-conductor and PV Technology
  • Glass Technology
  • Coating and Surface Science
  • Medical Devices
  • EPO Oppositions and Appeals

I’m indebted to the team at Script IP for consistently helping to keep my clients happy and achieving IP objectives on time and within budget.

Dr. David Whitehouse, Independent Biotechnology Consultant