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Richard Korn Ph.D.

  • A founder of Pearl Cohen’s London office, Partner in the Life Sciences Practice Group
  • London


With over twenty years of patent practice, Richard has acquired expertise in drafting and prosecuting patent applications for complex medical and biotechnology inventions and has coordinated the management of large worldwide patent portfolios.

He is experienced in the conduct of opposition and appeals at the European Patent Office, ranging beyond the biotechnological fields, and has recently been involved in revoking a patent in the UK High Court. Richard also prepares patentability and freedom to operate assessments and has had significant success in the restoration of lapsed European patents and applications. Richard developed his practice with a particular focus on the specific needs of technology transfer departments of universities, research institutes and small biotechnology companies, although more recently he has also been advising large biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.

Richard studied molecular biology at the University of Manchester, during which time he spent a year hunting for mutations in collagen genes at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He subsequently earned his Ph.D. in the laboratory of Professor Peter Goodfellow FRS in the Department of Genetics at the University of Cambridge. Richard initially qualified as a patent attorney in Israel in 2000. In 2001, Richard studied for a postgraduate certificate in intellectual property law at the University of Manchester. From 2002 until 2012, Richard was a senior patent attorney in the life science group at Potter Clarkson LLP in the UK. Richard is qualified and licensed to practice before the European Patent Office, UK Intellectual Property Office and the Israel Patent Office.