Adeline Phua

Position:Patent Scientist
Adeline Phua

Academic Qualifications

Qualification Institution Year of Completion
Master of Science in Biochemical Engineering (Distinction)University College London2013
Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology (Hons)University of Edinburgh2012

Industry Experience

PositionOrganisation/InstitutionDate of Tenure
Biotechnology Patent Technology SpecialistShusaku Yamamoto2014 - 2018


IChemE: The Institution of Chemical EngineersStudent member
Experience and Technical Background

Experienced in the following areas of patent practice:

  • Local & Foreign Patent Prosecution
  • Patent Litigation
  • Invalidation
  • Infringement
  • Patent Oppositions
  • Patentability Advice
  • Prior art searches
  • Due diligence

Primary patent practice areas by technology:

  • Biopharmaceuticals
  • Stem cells
  • Molecular Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Protein purification
  • Monoclonal antibody
  • Vaccines
  • Medical Devices
  • Diagnostics
  • Cosmetics
  • Agriculture
  • Genetics

Research/industry background:

A. General technical areas:

  • Mass spectrometry
  • Molecular and cellular biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Biophysical Chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Bioprocess design
  • Stem cells

B. Honours research:

  • “The nascent peptide effect of a viral sequence” – investigated the phenomenon of deviations in the protein translation processes using viral DNAs.
  • Investigated the mechanism of amyloid fibril formation for elucidation of fibril-associated diseases: studying the kinetics with the use of thioflavin fluorescence assay, visualising conformations of fibrils, oligomers, and aggregates using transmission electron microscopy and characterising the early aggregating species with the use of mass spectrometry and ion-mobility mass spectrometry (IM-MS).

C. Industry experience:

  • Provided opinions and advices on patent prosecution and enforcement (Prior Art, Patentability, Infringement, Invalidation, Legal Status update, Scientific Literature analysis, compliance to Japanese patent practices and procedures) for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to  research centres including Novartis, Amgen, Cellular Dynamics International, Fujifilm, Medtronic, Stryker, Intuitive Surgical, GSK, MIT, etc.
  • Led and involved in opposition and invalidation projects (team of 6 patent analysts) – formulating rejections and arguments, prior art searches and analysis, and claim scope analysis.

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