Joe Abdalla


Joe works principally on prosecution of European patent applications spanning a broad range of chemical technologies, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, materials, formulations, nutrition and industrial processes. He is also gaining experience relating to SPC protection of pharmaceutical products and assists with a number of opposition and litigation matters, relating primarily to pharmaceuticals. Joe joined Carpmaels & Ransford in 2015 as a trainee patent attorney with the Chemistry team. Prior to entering the legal profession, he studied Chemistry at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he obtained a first-class Masters degree.

Joe remained at Oxford to study for a DPhil in organometallic chemistry, graduating in 2015. The primary focus of his research was the chemistry of aluminium and gallium, and the use of these elements 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 the course of his research, Joe published a number of papers in peer-reviewed journals, 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
  • Registered Patent Attorney
  • CertIP Certificate in Intellectual Property Law