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Leonita Paulraj

Associate

A.A. Thornton & Co

Leonita Paulraj is a UK Chartered and European Patent Attorney in the Chemistry, Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals patent department. Leonita has specialist expertise in pharmaceuticals, agro-chemicals and life sciences.

Services


  • Patents

Core Responsibilities


  • Drafting patent applications
  • Filing and prosecuting patent applications in Europe and worldwide
  • Providing advice on patentability to operate
  • Oppositions and Appeals at the EPO
  • Providing patent development and strategic advice
  • Also a registered Indian Patent and Design Attorney with ten years of experience in providing patent development and strategic advice; drafting and prosecuting patent applications; and filing and defending oppositions at the Indian Patent Office

 Career


  • She began her patent career at an Intellectual Property Rights firm in Chennai, India in 2000
  • She joined A.A. Thornton & Co. in 2010

Languages


  • Tamil

Industries


  • Agriculture
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Oil, Gas & Petrochemicals

Qualifications


  • BSc Biology
  • MSc Plant Science
  • Systems Management, National Institute of Information Technology, Chennai
  • Qualified as a UK chartered patent attorney in 2013
  • Qualified as a European patent attorney in 2013

Professional Memberships


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

External Publications


Related News


Change of Rules 27 and 28 regarding patentability of plants and animals at the EPO

A key change has recently been implemented under European Patent Law in order to exclude from patentability, plants and animals “exclusively” obtained by essentially biological processes. Under the European Patent Convention plants and animals are patentable as long as they are not confined to a particular plant or animal variety. However, newly implemented rules (Rules… Read more »


A.A. Thornton & Co. ranked “Leading Firm” in the Legal 500 2013

A.A. Thornton & Co. was yesterday delighted to again be categorised a “leading firm” in this year’s Legal 500 publication.


A.A. Thornton & Co. receive “Leading Firm” status in the Legal 500 2012

A.A. Thornton & Co. is delighted to be recommended as a leading firm in the recently published 25th edition of the Legal 500 2012.


Related Events


  • CPhI’s 7th Annual Pharma IPR Conference in Mumbai, India

    Patent Attorneys Geoff Hussey, Craig Turner, Alex Bone and Leonita Paulraj are attending CPhI’s 7th Annual Pharma IPR Conference in Mumbai, India from 7th-9th March. Craig and Geoff will also be speaking about the implications of Brexit on Indian pharma companies on the 8th March. CPhI’s 7th Annual Pharma IPR Conference is a leading platform… Read more »

Related Publications


  • Assessment of “plausibility” requirement from the EPO perspective

    Assessment of “plausibility” requirement from the EPO perspective Introduction This article considers how the EPO views the requirement of “plausibility”, which can arise during both the assessment of “sufficient disclosure” of the invention and “inventive step” in proceedings before the EPO, particularly in relation to inventions in the Pharmaceuticals and Life Sciences field. The EPO… Read more »

  • CRISPR: the gene editing tool and related patents

    CRISPR: the gene editing tool and related patents CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) gene-editing technology is considered as one of the biggest innovations of the century in the biotechnology field and has gained a lot of attention worldwide, especially in the US and Europe in the area of Intellectual Property Rights. Research has… Read more »

  • European patents no longer available for plants and animals obtained exclusively by means of an essentially biological process

    A key change has recently been implemented under European Patent Law in order to exclude from patentability, plants and animals “exclusively” obtained by essentially biological processes. Under the European Patent Convention plants and animals are patentable as long as they are not confined to a particular plant or animal variety. However, newly implemented rules (Rules… Read more »