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Philippa Roberts MChem, PhD, CPA, EPA


Philippa Roberts is an Associate in our Life Sciences & Chemistry group.

Philippa has interest in, and experience with, a wide range of chemical inventions. She has drafted and prosecuted applications in fields as diverse as pharmaceuticals, medical devices, oil & gas, foodstuffs, and agriculture for clients ranging from small SMEs to universities and multinationals.

She has experience handling patent applications at the European Patent Office and the UK Intellectual Property Office in addition to managing patent filing and prosecution in Japan, the US, China, and Korea. Philippa also enjoys providing commercially relevant advice on freedom to operate issues.

Education & background

Philippa graduated from Oxford University with a first class chemistry degree. Her fourth year was spent researching heterogeneous catalysts and was awarded the Inorganic Chemistry thesis prize. She then moved to the University of Cambridge where she was awarded a PhD in Biochemistry for research into the proton pumping mechanism of mitochondrial complex I. During her PhD, Philippa presented her research at numerous conferences and symposia, and published in the Journal of Biochemistry.

Philippa entered the profession in 2014, qualifying as a European Patent Attorney in 2017 and a Chartered Patent Attorney in 2018. She joined Withers & Rogers in 2018 having previously worked at another private practice firm in the UK.

On a personal note...

Away from the office, Philippa can often be found flying her glider over the Cotswolds or wild swimming in the upper Thames.