Anna Leathley

Senior Associate

Anna works within the firm’s life sciences group, successfully cooperating with a range of clients who operate in diverse technology areas; extending broadly from immunology to microbiology to diagnostic techniques. She thrives on helping clients to develop and execute their IP strategies. This starts with “invention mining” to capture and protect inventions at an early stage, and goes through to obtaining robust patents and commercially relevant portfolios. At all stages, she focuses on building effective working relationships to ensure that clients’ objectives are fully understood.

This focus carries through to the advice work and contentious work, which runs alongside the process of obtaining patents, and also goes hand in hand with Anna’s technological expertise. The technical expertise that she has acquired in her studies and during her time as a patent attorney means that irrespective of the specific technology, she is confident and able to think creatively and solve problems. Anna always looks for the bigger picture, but without losing sight of the technical detail.

Her first class degree in Biochemistry from the University of Oxford gave her a broad understanding of the biotechnology field and she built on this with a PhD from the University of London. Anna’s research was carried out at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (now Cancer Research UK) and focused on intracellular protein targeting and signalling in development, specifically looking at EGF receptor family members and their signalling and intracellular targeting in polarised epithelial cells.

Anna entered the patent profession in 2000, and joined Carpmaels & Ransford in 2013, having previously worked for another large UK firm. While training she was awarded the Bill Caro prize for overall first place in the Certificate in Intellectual Property Law examinations.

Much of Anna’s spare time is spent trying to keep up with the hectic social life of her young family, but she also finds time for running and yoga to relax.


  • MBiochem (University of Oxford)
  • PhD (University of London)
  • Chartered Patent Attorney
  • European Patent Attorney