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Ben Appleton Partner

B.Sc. Ph.D. MSB 

Chartered Patent Attorney
European Patent Attorney
European Trade Mark & Design Attorney

Ben Appleton

Ben Appleton graduated from Leeds University with an honours degree in chemistry & biochemistry.  He was subsequently awarded a Ph.D. from the same university for research into the synthesis of novel biomimetic compounds which mimic the active site of glucose oxidase enzymes.  Ben entered the patent profession in 1998 with another firm.  He obtained the Manchester University Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law and went on to qualify as a Chartered and European Patent Attorney.  He joined Wilson Gunn in 2012, and became a partner in 2016. 

Ben also spent a number of years as in-house counsel at Cadbury and Kraft Foods, managing the UK patent team and advising the business on a wide range of patent, design and technical know-how matters.  As a result of his time as in-house counsel, Ben has a particular expertise in patent matters relating to food chemistry, packaging and manufacturing processes.  He also has extensive experience in European Patent Office oppositions and appeals, both offensively and defensively, and has been actively involved in successful litigation in Europe, Australia and the US.  In addition, Ben also has broad experience in a range of other chemical and material science fields, including dye and colour chemistry, lithographic printing technologies, household cleaning products, alloys, and medicinal chemistry, as well as mechanical engineering experience.

Ben is also an Examiner for the UK patent attorney professional examinations, in relation to the advanced examination on the infringement and validity of patents.

Ben is recommended in The Legal 500, where he is described as a “stellar operator”. Ben is also recommended as a leading patent practitioner in the UK by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine in ‘The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners’ peer-nominated survey, where he is recommended for his “unique knowledge of patent issues relating to food chemistry, packaging and manufacturing processes, owing to the time he spent working in-house at Cadbury and Kraft Foods” and his “appreciation of commercial decision making that few colleagues can hope to match”.



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