James Cracknell

Associate, Patent Attorney

James works in both our Oxford and London offices and handles drafting, filing and prosecution of patent applications across the chemical and biochemical fields. James handles portfolios of patents and applications around the world, and is fully qualified to represent clients before the UK and European Patent Offices, including during Opposition and Appeal proceedings before the European Patent Office.

James works on cases relating to a wide range of subject matter, including chemical engineering, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.  He has a particular interest in inventions at the interface of chemistry and biotechnology. He enjoys working with a wide range of clients, from university technology transfer organisations and start-ups to international law firms and global corporations. 

In addition to prosecution work, James has experience in advising clients regarding Freedom to Operate issues and IP-related aspects of Due Diligence exercises, including those related to IP licensing and corporate acquisitions.

James has a Masters Degree in Chemistry and a Doctorate in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Oxford. He is an author on 14 academic papers in the fields of bioinorganic chemistry and chemical biology.

James joined J A Kemp in 2013 following a period of post-doctoral research in the fields of bioinorganic electrochemistry and single-molecule electrical sensing of biological analytes. He became an Associate in 2018.

Services & Specialisms



University of Oxford, Masters Degree in Chemistry; University of Oxford, DPhil in Inorganic Chemistry

Professional Qualifications

European Patent Attorney, UK Chartered Patent Attorney

Membership of Professional Bodies

Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA); Member of the Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (EPI)

Contact James

If you wish to talk to James Cracknell, please send an email directly to jcracknell@jakemp.com

or call +44 20 3077 8600

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