Penelope Farbey
Dispute Resolution, Patents
Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals, Universities and Research Organisations

As a practitioner, my main focus is on the development of client portfolios – working closely with my clients to grow and maintain their IP strategies and to understand their commercial needs and direction.

I am a registered patent attorney and trade mark attorney. I have extensive experience in drafting and prosecuting local and overseas originating patent applications, acting in patent opposition proceedings and providing general infringement, validity and due diligence opinions. Following completion of a PhD in molecular microbiology, and several post-doctoral research positions at various universities, I joined the team at Wrays in 2001 and now work primarily in the areas of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and agri-biotech.

The majority of my clients are small to medium biotechnology firms, or universities and their spin-offs. As I have been working with many of these clients for a number of years, I am able to draft and prosecute their portfolios in line with the commercial strategies we have worked on together.

I enjoy the face-to-face interaction with clients and long term collaboration on developing IP portfolios as an integral part of clients’ business. I very much enjoy the exposure to new scientific developments and working directly with scientists at the forefront of their fields. I have never lost my fascination with science and love the way that every client brings something new to my knowledge – and that of the world in general.