Name: James Kinnaird
Firm: Marks & Clerk
James Kinnaird (BSc (Hons) Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry from Glasgow University, PhD from Cambridge University) initially followed the usual path for chemists with his background and spent time in the US doing postdoctoral work at Columbia University and as a medicinal chemist at Pfizer in Sandwich (UK), before switching track to become a patent attorney in 2005. He is now a Registered Singapore Patent attorney (2014), Chartered Patent Attorney (UK, 2009) and he was also a European Patent Attorney (qualified 2009) before his move to Singapore in 2013. James is now a Partner in the Singapore office of Marks & Clerk and has broad experience in assisting clients protect their ideas over a wide range of technology areas, including the electronic and chemical arts, as well as wearable technology, materials and food. James also has particular expertise in assisting clients understand IP-risks associated with launching their product in a new territory – particularly in ASEAN. James has been actively involved in training the next generation of patent attorneys and he was also a member of two examination committees for the Singapore patent examinations from 2015 to 2018.