Dr. Matthew Fletcher

Country/Region of practice
United Kingdom
About me

Matthew joined Abel + Imray in 2002, and is based in the Bath Office.  During his Ph.D. he worked on developing new synthetic routes to neurologically-active target compounds from carbohydrate starting materials. During his time at university he gained experience working in the laboratories of a pharmaceutical company and as a process chemist with a substantial UK biotech company. He is a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Matthew has gained invaluable experience in industry working for a substantial period on secondment to the in-house patent department of a major pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare company. His work covers a variety of chemical subject matter. He has particular expertise in small chemical entities, drug formulations, biochemistry, printing inks, polymer technology, consumer healthcare, contact lenses, sportswear and cosmetics. He advises on patent infringement and validity, European patent prosecution and spends a large proportion of his time handling oppositions and appeals before the European Patent Office.

Academic Qualifications

MChem, University of Oxford

Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Bristol

Experience & Qualifications

Technical Specialisms
  • Chemistry
  • Industrial chemistry and chemical engineering
  • Materials; polymer science
  • Medical and veterinary methods and products
Professional Experience
  • IP counselling
  • IP due diligence
  • Patent drafting
  • Patent oppositions
  • Patent prosecution

Roles in FICPI

  • CET 4 European Patents

    CET Group 4 studies the issues of the European Patent and the preparatory works of the Unified Patent and the Unified Patent Court. We are also following other regional patents (Eurasian Patent, ARIPO, OAPI, etc.). Our group members regularly meet officers of the European Commission and the European Patent Office.

  • Member