James Smythies

Trainee Patent Attorney

James joined J A Kemp as a trainee patent attorney in 2017 and works in our London office. He obtained his BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Manchester (his degree included a placement year at Thomas Jefferson University in the USA) and a DPhil from the University of Oxford. James’ DPhil studies centred on the investigation of transcription factor binding site selection through the utilisation of cutting-edge next-generation sequencing technologies and bioinformatic analysis. During his time in academia, James was a lead- and contributing-author on numerous high-impact publications. Notably, James was also an invited speaker at the most prominent international conference in his research field.

James’ work predominantly focuses on European patent prosecution on behalf of US and Japanese attorney firms. He also has experience drafting patent applications for UK academic institutions and international biotechnology start-up companies.

His cases cover a broad array of subject matter, however he has specialist expertise in diagnostic assays, biomarkers, genomics, and bioinformatics. 

In his spare time, James enjoys running, watching football and tending to his vegetable patch.




University of Manchester, Honours Degree in Biochemistry; University of Oxford, DPhil in Molecular Biology

Professional Qualifications

Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary, University of London

Membership of Professional Bodies

Student Member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)

Contact James

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

or call +44 20 3077 8600

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