Richard Newell

Senior Associate

Richard focusses on inventions in the life science and chemical fields. With a background in organic chemistry, much of his time is spent working with small-molecule pharmaceutical inventions, whether the invention relates to a new chemical entity, a new therapeutic application, a new formulation, or any other protectable aspect of a medical invention. Richard also works with many different technologies such as medical devices, vaccines, industrial chemistry, and polymers.

Richard’s practise before the EPO includes regular work on EPO oppositions and appeals, and the consequent awareness of post-grant issues feeds back into his work prosecuting European patent applications to grant. He also handles a number of global portfolios of patent applications, working with attorneys worldwide to coordinate a central prosecution strategy. Richard is also uncommonly familiar with UKIPO litigation, having handled UKIPO revocation proceedings connected with actions for infringement in the High Court.

Richard has been with Carpmaels & Ransford since 2008 and is a qualified European patent attorney and Chartered patent attorney. He has a Master of Chemistry degree from the University of Oxford, where he specialised in organic chemistry, with a year of research in carbohydrate chemistry. In particular, he developed total syntheses for two new iminosugars and was published for helping to establish a new protecting group in the field (the benzhydryl ether).

Outside of work, Richard enjoys skiing in the mountains in winter and walking them in the summer. He is also keen on motorcycling and enjoys exploring new places on two wheels.


  • MChem (University of Oxford)
  • European Patent Attorney
  • Chartered Patent Attorney
  • Intellectual Property Litigation Certificate