Michael Douglas Partner
B.Sc. Ph.D. CBiol MSB
Chartered Patent Attorney
European Patent Attorney
Chartered Trade Mark Attorney
European Trade Mark & Design Attorney
Michael Douglas graduated from Newcastle University with a first class honours degree in biochemistry. Michael has extensive research experience, including investigation into putative DNA repair enzyme polymorphisms and development of novel immunosuppressive drugs. He was awarded a Ph.D. for his research into the role of vascular endothelial cells in acute transplant rejection, which also generated a significant number of research papers. Michael also has experience in clinical research, having worked as a postdoctoral research associate investigating the safety of proton-pump inhibitor drugs, and is a Chartered Biologist and Member of the Society of Biology. Michael joined Wilson Gunn in 1999 and obtained the Manchester University Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law (with distinction). He went on to qualify in both patents and trade marks, as a Chartered and European Patent Attorney and as a UK Chartered Trade Mark Attorney and European Trade Mark and Design Attorney. He became a partner of the firm in 2007.
On the patent side, Michael specialises in medical inventions and biotechnology and also deals with chemical subject matter. He has considerable experience in direct advocacy work in oppositions and appeals at the European Patent Office.
Michael’s trade mark practice includes work in all areas. He manages global IP portfolios for a number of major brands, advising on everything from brand protection strategy through to maintenance and enforcement of rights. Michael has particular expertise in the fields of sports and entertainment, food and beverages, retail, fashion and industrial products.
Chambers & Partners has described Michael as a “first-rate patent and trade mark attorney whose high standard of work is combined with excellent client care.”
Managing Intellectual Property IP Handbook has this to say: “Michael Douglas is a great account manager and ensures delivery across the piece…Technically he is very good and commercially he is even better."
The Legal 500 indicated that Michael "combines the skills and experience of a deep practitioner with a genial style."
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