Daniel specialises in biologics and pharmaceuticals, with particular expertise in protein therapeutics, vaccine technology and medicinal chemistry. Much of his time is spent handling European Patent Office (EPO) opposition proceedings, in which he has extensive experience in attack and defence at first instance and appeal. Daniel particularly enjoys representing his clients at EPO hearings and has been involved in numerous multiparty disputes. He supports European national patent litigations, and has coordinated EPO strategy with several pan-European litigations in the antibody and blood protein fields.
Aside from his opposition practice, Daniel carries out a range of patent work including original drafting, prosecution at the EPO and overseas, opinions and freedom to operate analyses. He also has an in-depth knowledge of the niche and complex world of supplementary protection certificates (SPCs), having coordinated several high profile SPC portfolios across the EU and advised on the infringement and validity of various third party SPCs. As the head of Carpmaels’ SPC Group, Daniel has worked on leading SPC cases at the Court of Justice of the European Union, including the widely cited Queensland (C‑630/10) and Neurim (C-130/11) referrals. He is also on the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) SPC sub-committee, which advises the UK Government on SPC matters.
Before entering the profession, Daniel studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University. He specialised in biochemistry, organic chemistry and molecular biology, and carried out research into the mechanisms of platelet activation in human blood. He also spent a summer at Yale University investigating the genetics of protein trafficking. Daniel graduated with a first class degree and several academic prizes. During his qualification, Daniel was awarded the Michael Jones prize by CIPA for his performance in the UK patent prosecution examination. His legal paper answers were selected by the EPO’s European qualifying exam Examination Board for publication in its annual compendium of best answers.
- MA (Cambridge)
- MSci (Natural Sciences)
- Chartered Patent Attorney
- European Patent Attorney
- Patent Attorney Litigator