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Dr. Claudia M. Duffy

Consultant
IP, Data & Contracts

Email: claudia.duffy@mbmcommercial.co.uk
M: 07760 183 891

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Claudia has 10 years of experience as a Research Scientist and over 10 years of experience as a Patent Attorney in both in-house and private practice roles in London, Cambridge and Edinburgh.

Claudia worked in Munich, Germany and Cambridge, UK at Research Scientist level in research and development groups based both in industry (Siemens, Infineon Technologies) and university (Technical University Munich, Cambridge University). After entering the patent profession in 2008, Claudia provided IP advice directly to technology companies as an in-house patent attorney for two Cambridge University spin-outs from her former PhD group, and to start-up and spin-out clients of private attorney practices based in London, Cambridge and Edinburgh.

During her years as a Research Scientist, Claudia has developed a significant level of experience in the organic and inorganic semiconductor sector, with particular emphasis on the design, manufacturing and characterisation of electronic devices. As a Patent Attorney with a strong interest in entrepreneurship, Claudia enjoys working with direct clients to provide bespoke IP advice and to navigate the legal processes of obtaining, creating and exploiting a valuable IP portfolio. Her broad industrial experience (as both Research Scientist and in-house Patent Attorney) enables her to offer commercially relevant IP advice to her entrepreneurial clients.

Claudia’s Patent Attorney work includes working with many industries (physics, electronics, software, medical engineering) and types of businesses in the UK and advising on IP strategy, investment and M&A IP due diligence, IP contract (licence) negotiations, freedom to operate opinions, patentability opinions, patent drafting and prosecution, IP Audits, and advice and input into IP disputes and litigation.

Having spent 12 years studying and working in Cambridge and London, Claudia has a very good understanding of the entrepreneurial eco-system in the South-East of the UK. She is a co-founder (in collaboration with the Technology and Innovation Management Group at the University of Cambridge) of the Strategic IP Forum – a group committed to supporting UK industry and helping companies understand how to manage and exploit their IP. Claudia leads CAMentrepreneurs Scotland - a global network supporting entrepreneurship and led by Cambridge University alumni. She is also a member of the Young Academy of Scotland – an initiative of the Royal Society of Edinburgh fostering interdisciplinary activities among emerging leaders – and contributes to the Academy’s enterprising, international and equal strategic themes. Claudia is the IP & Commercialisation Expert and a Member of the angel syndicate Dunedin Solutions in Edinburgh.

Personal Biography

Having relocated to Edinburgh in 2016 after living in Munich for 6 years and in Cambridge for 12 years, Claudia likes spending time with her young family and enjoys outdoor activities (within the limits of the Scottish weather) and visiting historic sites. In her (limited) spare time, Claudia enjoys reading about young company finance and company formation and growth.

  • Qualifications:
    PhD (Cantab) Physics
    MSc Physics
    BSc Physics & Chemistry
    European Patent and Design Attorney
  • Memberships:
    Member of the European Patent Institute
    Young Academy of Scotland
  • Practice Areas:
    IP Advisory
    Investment and M&A IP Due Diligence
    Spin-Outs and Start-ups
    High Growth Companies
    IP Disputes and litigation
    IP Contracts negotiation