Francis Tierney recently joined the Firm and is a counsel based in the Firm's London office. He is a UK Chartered Patent Attorney and a European Patent Attorney. Francis's chemistry background enables him to provide counsel on life science matters (especially in the area of small molecules).
Before joining the Firm, Francis spent over 25 years in-house providing strategic, business focused, patent counseling to life sciences industry companies, guiding them through every stage of the patent life cycle. His experience involves drafting and prosecuting patent applications worldwide (particularly US, Europe, Japan and China) and creating patent portfolios. He works to obtain enforceable claims and develops and executes both offensive and defensive patent strategies. He also conducts strategic reviews of patent portfolios to identify strengths and weaknesses, and opportunities to minimize threats and maximize revenue.
As part of this strategic counseling, Francis regularly advises on patentability, validity and freedom to operate issues, provides pre-litigation assessments and opinions regarding patentability, conducts IP due diligence (both buy- and sell-side) for strategic transactions, advises on IP-related contact matters.