Joe Abdalla


Joe’s work spans the Pharmaceuticals and Chemistry teams at Carpmaels & Ransford. Joe works on patent matters relating to small-molecule pharmaceuticals, as well as a range of chemical technologies including medical devices, catalysts, polymers and inks. This reflects Joe’s strong technical background in organometallic and inorganic chemistry. The majority of Joe’s work relates to European patents, and he has extensive experience of prosecution of patent applications before the European Patent Office. Joe particularly enjoys contentious work and has been involved in a number of opposition and appeal hearings at the EPO, including multi-party opposition proceedings relating to blockbuster pharmaceutical products.

Besides European patent work, Joe has worked on a number of global patent families. He has experience of patent prosecution in a number of major patent jurisdictions and has been involved with several patent litigation matters in the Far East. Joe also has valuable experience of obtaining SPC protection across Europe for pharmaceutical products.

Prior to joining the firm in 2015, Joe obtained a first-class Masters degree in Chemistry from Magdalen College, Oxford, before staying at Oxford to study for a DPhil in organometallic chemistry. The primary focus of his research was the use of aluminium and gallium in catalysis and bond activation processes. This led to the development of catalysts to convert carbon dioxide to methanol, alongside providing fundamental insights into how hydrogen can be released from metal hydrides. During his DPhil, Joe published a number of papers in peer-reviewed journals, including Nature Chemistry, and received a scholarship for his research from the Vice Chancellor’s Fund at Oxford University.

Joe is a keen rower and raced in the Oxford reserve crew, Isis, against Cambridge in the 2015 Boat Race. When on dry land, he is often found hiking through the countryside or exploring it on his bike.


  • MChem (University of Oxford)
  • DPhil Inorganic Chemistry (University of Oxford)
  • European Patent Attorney
  • Chartered Patent Attorney
  • CertIP Certificate in Intellectual Property Law