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Ben Tolley

Associate, European Patent Attorney


Ben Tolley
Ben Tolley

Ben is a member of our life sciences patent team working in the biotechnology sector.

His technical expertise encompasses:

  • plant-and algal biotechnologies, including genetic modification techniques and transformation
  • genetic technologies, including nucleic acid editing tools, riboswitches and expression systems
  • synthetic biology
  • biologics, nucleic acid and antibody therapeutics
  • biomarkers and diagnostics

Ben has experience in prosecuting patent applications for local and international clients. He also works on offensive and defensive oppositions, and appeals before the EPO.

Ben works with a range of clients in the Life Sciences space from multinational biotech corporations and SMEs to universities and research institutes.

He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Manchester and was awarded prize for highest placed student in the year for biological sciences. He won a sponsored undergraduate scholarship at the University of Cambridge to investigate changes in plant water use in response to climate change and completed undergraduate research placement at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Ben went on to complete his PhD at the University of Cambridge, specialising in plant molecular genetics. Publishing two papers from PhD thesis, his work specifically focussed on dissecting the molecular mechanisms underpinning leaf development and gene expression in C4 plants, with an emphasis on developing strategies for engineering C4 photosynthesis into C3 crop systems such as rice.

Ben qualified as a European Patent Attorney in 2017 and joined Mewburn Ellis LLP in 2019.


t: +44 (0) 117 945 1234
e: ben.tolley@mewburn.com