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Elizabeth Swan BSc, MRSC, CPA, EPA

Senior Associate

Elizabeth is a Patent Attorney in our Life Sciences & Chemistry group.

Elizabeth is fascinated by science in general, and has experience spanning a range of different areas within the chemistry arena.  She has particular expertise in fast moving consumer goods such as cosmetic and personal case compositions, firelighters, firelogs, and sanitary products, as well as in the medical sector, including pharmaceuticals and medical devices, particularly medical devices for IVF. Elizabeth also works with inventions in the Oil & Gas sector.

Elizabeth has worked with a wide range of clients. Locally, these include businesses of all sizes as well as universities and NHS trusts. A significant part of Elizabeth’s work is with direct UK and overseas clients, particularly from Scandinavia. Elizabeth also works with overseas attorneys from all around the world.

The majority of Elizabeth’s work is at the European Patent Office, where she enjoys the cut and thrust of oppositions and appeals.  Elizabeth regularly advises clients on freedom to operate issues. As well as having excellent attention to detail, she always provides a commercial focus for clients.

Education & background

After being awarded a first class Honors degree in Chemistry from Durham University, Elizabeth completed an internship in research and development within the fast moving consumer goods industry.

Elizabeth entered the profession in 2002 and trained with a London firm where she qualified as a patent attorney in 2006 before joining Withers & Rogers in 2009.

On a personal note...

Elizabeth enjoys running, skiing, and cooking, particularly for friends.