Richard Payne


Richard joined Carpmaels & Ransford in September 2018 as part of the Life Sciences  group. He works in the biotechnology sector, with a particular focus on enzyme engineering, antibody and peptide-based therapeutics, and antisense compounds. Richard has experience in handling patent prosecution in Europe and co-ordinating patent portfolios globally. He also assists and provides advice on supplementary protection certificates (SPCs).

Richard graduated from the University of Oxford with a first class degree in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, specialising in bionanotechnology, cancer biology and plant metabolism. Richard also has a PhD in plant metabolic engineering from his time at the John Innes Centre, and his research has contributed to seven peer-reviewed publications. Before moving into the world of intellectual property, he conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Oxford, focussing on the structural elucidation and functional characterisation of membrane transport proteins, and was also involved in undergraduate teaching.

Outside of the office Richard enjoys reading, travelling and running the occasional half marathon.


  • European Patent Attorney
  • Registered Patent Attorney
  • Chartered Patent Attorney
  • CertIP Certificate in Intellectual Property Law
  • UPC Representative
  • MBiochem (University of Oxford)
  • PhD (John Innes Centre, University of East Anglia)