Clara Hughes

Senior Associate

Clara joined Carpmaels & Ransford as a trainee patent attorney in September 2015. A significant amount of Clara’s work involves medical device technology. In particular, Clara is involved in the prosecution of portfolios relating to drug delivery devices, technologies for treating blood clots and diagnostic systems for analysing single cells using mass cytometry. Clara handles patent prosecution both in Europe and outside of Europe, including China and Japan.  Clara has also assisted in a number of clearance projects for autoinjector devices, helping to advise clients on strategies to protect their commercial interests.

Before joining the firm, Clara graduated from the University of Bristol with a Master’s degree in Physics. Her final year project investigated acoustic manipulation of live cells and included the design and construction of the acoustic manipulation device itself. She was awarded a prize from the Department of Physics for this project.

Outside of work, Clara is a keen runner and enjoys travelling and cooking.


  • MSci Physics (University of Bristol)
  • Chartered Patent Attorney
  • European Patent Attorney
  • Certificate in IP Law (Queen Mary University of London)
  • UPC Representative