Andrew Sharples

Partner, Solicitor and European Patent Attorney
UPC Representative

Andrew focuses on the life sciences and his clients ranging from start-ups to major pharmaceutical and biotech companies. His technical experience covers a range of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices technologies. He has also conducted patent litigation in a range of technologies, and is an expert on the complexities of FRAND.

He joined EIP after a decade in the patent group of a major international law firm. His expertise includes patent drafting and prosecution, oppositions, supplementary protection certificates and life cycle strategies. A solicitor as well as a Chartered and European patent attorney, Andrew has advised on litigious proceedings from the Patents County Court to the House of Lords, and on corporate transactions including VC investment and multi-million pound acquisitions.

Andrew has a degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Edinburgh and a master's in the Management of Intellectual Property from Queen Mary's College, University of London.


  • Representing Unwired Planet in their FRAND dispute with Huawei.
  • Advising Tate & Lyle on the intellectual property aspects of acquisitions of food technology companies.
  • Representing Amgen in a patent infringement dispute with Hospira in relation to pegfilgrastim (Case Ref: HC09C04064nHospira, Inc. & anr v Amgen Inc.).
  • Representing Bioprogress PLC in a patent entitlement dispute (Stanelco Fibre Optics Ltd v Bioprogress Technology Ltd).
  • Representing Niche Generics in their patent infringement and validity action in relation to perindopril (Les Laboratories Servier v Niche Generics).

Education and qualifications

  • UK Chartered Patent Attorney
  • European Patent Attorney
  • 1999 — 2000
    MSc Management of Intellectual Property, Queen Mary College, University of London
  • 1994 — 1998
    BSc Molecular Biology, University of Edinburgh

Career history

  • 2010 — present
    Partner, EIP
  • 2000 — 2010
    Senior Associate, McDermott Will & Emery


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