IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals lists Symbiosis IP as a top firm 2022

Author: Rob Docherty |

5 Jul 2022


The UK patent office’s examination backlog had been steadily growing over the previous two decades, resulting in about 13,000 cases that had not been examined more than 3.5 years after the initial application. This number has now been reduced to zero.

Clearing the backlogs was a huge team effort by the UK IPO, involving making processes more efficient to complete examinations more quickly. This involved streamlining examinations so they focussed on the most important and relevant things first, thus saving the IPO time, but also giving customers more clear and succinct guidance on the issues that were most relevant to them; creating ‘Technology clusters’ to work on different subject areas so that work could be shared across a wider pool of colleagues, thus allowing the IPO to focus resources in the areas where it had the most demand at any given time; and improving the way applications were handled so non-specialist staff could help Examiners with early work on applications.

With the backlog cleared Tim Moss, UK IPO’s CEO said: ‘Now we have cleared the backlogs we can firmly focus on our transformation plans’. The UK IPO’s One IPO Transformation Programme is expected to launch in just two years. It involves a new digital services that is expected to provide faster services for both the UK IPO  and its customers, allowing the management of large volumes of work more quickly and easily, and so reducing the chances of a similar backlog arising in future.

All in all, a great result has been achieved and we look forward to our clients benefiting from this experience.

"Result oriented, very responsive, a value creator and a person with a clear vision and strategy"

Senior Corporate Counsel

"Excellent technical licensing and deal-making skills, [a] can-do attitude and an inherent sense of value to each assignment"

Senior Leader, Corporate

"Vast experience in commercialising science and technology"

Senior UK Patent Attorney

"The service provided by Symbiosis is personal, efficient and highly professional."

IAM Patent 2022 Client Interview

"Driven, dedicated and knowledgeable in the whole spectrum of work covering commercialisation of technology"

UK University Senior Tech Transfer

"It is not an exaggeration to state that our confidence in Rob and Symbiosis is such that the strategic direction of our company has been IP-led at all times."

IAM Patent 2022 Client Interview

"Our two companies collaborate very well together to optimise the commercial benefits of the Glycologic Limited portfolio of activities."

Richard Tester
Managing Director, Glycologic Limited

"Their communications are clear and always in good time for action to be taken. They have established a good network of foreign associates and we have recently had successful filings in the USA, Japan and China without a need for extensive office action and its associated costs."

IAM Patent 2022 Client Interview

"Julie always asks the right questions and grasps the heart of the invention easily. Julie expresses herself very clearly and it is straightforward to communicate with her, in both written and oral form. She presents commercial strategies, thanks to her long experience in the field and concrete exposure to challenges that she has been able to overcome."

IAM Patent 2022 Client Interview

"Symbiosis dives deep into the science and data and then gives an excellent assessment of the potential for the patent to be granted and the value of said patent."

IAM Patent 2022 Client Interview

"It is a privilege to work with Symbiosis."

Prof. Richard Ross, CSO
Asterion Limited

"Symbiosis maximises the value of IP generated by our inventors in a cost effective and efficient manner that meets our commercial objectives."

Martin Whitaker
CEO, Diurnal

"The work carried out by Symbiosis has always been of high quality. The team have a wealth of experience and understanding in life sciences, which means they are able to provide advice on patent filing from the earliest stage right through prosecution."

IAM Patent 2022 Client Interview

"Andrew gave us the confidence that the final terms agreed were fair and in line with the current best practice"

UK University Head of Tech Transfer

"Andrew lived up to our expectations, helping us take a very hard negotiation over the line. We enjoyed working with him and would do so again. I would definitely recommend him to organisations trying to navigate IP licensing negotiations"


"Mark Hoggins consistently delivers excellent service and detailed and informed responses to examiners, and helps clients understand each step and grow in their understanding of the IP protection process."

IAM Patent 2022 Client Interview

"Cardiff University has a longstanding relationship with Symbiosis IP and we have always experienced a consistently high quality range of IP services. We particularly appreciate the ability to provide bespoke advice for academic, TTO or industry audiences as appropriate and this has contributed significantly to our translational successes across the life sciences portfolio."

Rhodri Turner
Senior Technology Transfer Officer, Cardiff University

"Lee Samuel readily understands technology and consistently demonstrates thorough knowledge of patent law, great attention to detail and efficient organisational skills, leading to successful grants."

IAM Patent 2022 Client Interview

"One of those rare breeds who manage to combine considerable technical expertise with a keen business sense"

Senior Leader, Corporate

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