Julian Crump

Julian Crump


+44(0) 1225 469914

Professional Qualifications:
European Patent Attorney
Chartered Patent Attorney
IP Litigator (Patents)
European Trade Mark Attorney

Academic Qualifications:
M.A. Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge
Certificate of Post-Graduate Study in Chemistry, University of Cambridge

Julian joined Abel & Imray in 2018 and is based in the Bath office, although he is always happy to visit the London office for client and other meetings. Julian is a Chartered Chemist, and President of the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI).

Having practised as a patent attorney for nearly 30 years, Julian has assisted clients involved in a wide range of technologies. The core of his practice lies in chemistry and life sciences, in which he has particular experience in protecting and advising on inventions relating to small organic molecules and their polymorphic forms, pharmaceuticals, therapeutic methods, drug delivery devices and dosage forms, immunotherapy, genomics, diagnostic tools and techniques and computer-implemented and machine-learning diagnostic methods.  Julian also acts for important clients whose IP work requires a good understanding of physics or electro-mechanics, including variable focal power lenses for augmented reality and advanced engineering applications.

Julian regularly advises and assists clients with the management of their intellectual property and is often called on for due diligence opinions, novelty searches, infringement, validity and freedom to operate opinions and for IP support in licensing deals and other commercial transactions. 

EPO oppositions and appeals are another area where Julian has significant experience, and he has frequently been called on to represent patent proprietors and opponents at oral proceedings before the EPO’s opposition divisions and appeal boards.

Julian is passionate about the value added by independent IP practitioners in national and international IP systems and in that vein served as Secretary General of FICPI for nine years from 2006-2015.  A number of attorneys within the firm are members of FICPI, which is the world’s leading international organization for IP attorneys in private practice.  Julian is currently its President and in that capacity is involved in regular bilateral meetings with the heads of the major patent offices around the world (EPO, USPTO, JPO, KIPO, CNIPA, WIPO) to present the views and needs of the profession and its clients.