Adam Ellwood

Senior Associate

Adam is part of the Pharmaceuticals team at Carpmaels & Ransford and his particular area of expertise is organic chemistry subject-matter. He spends the bulk of his time defending and opposing European patents which protect commercially important drugs. Adam also has extensive experience in European patent prosecution and advising clients on freedom to operate and validity.

Adam started in the profession in 2012 and joined Carpmaels & Ransford in 2015. Prior to this, he graduated from University College London with a first class degree in chemistry and a PhD in organic chemistry.

Adam won numerous awards during his degree and PhD. He was one of fifteen students across all faculties at University College London to be awarded a Graduate School Research Scholarship for his PhD and in 2009 he was one of four students in the UK to be awarded the prestigious Syngenta Postgraduate Scholarship in Organic Chemistry.  He also won the Faculty medal and Prize for the best final year undergraduate in the Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences and the Tuffnell Scholarship for the best graduate, under the age of twenty-four, progressing to the Research School in chemistry.

Adam’s PhD focused on the total synthesis of a natural product. He also developed a novel reagent which converts alcohols into iodides or sulfides. Adam’s research resulted in a number of publications in peer-reviewed journals.

In his spare time, Adam enjoys playing, watching and talking about football, keeping fit, skiing and cooking.


  • MSci Chemistry (University College London)
  • PhD Organic Chemistry (University College London)
  • Chartered Patent Attorney
  • European Patent Attorney
  • CertIP Certificate in Intellectual Property Law
  • UPC Representative