Tom Leanse

Senior Associate, Patent Attorney


Tom joined Venner Shipley in 2015 after working elsewhere in private practice and is qualified as a European and UK patent attorney. He has experience of patent work in many different areas of chemistry, including small molecule pharmaceuticals, invasive biosensors, metallurgy, and electronics substrates.

Tom's work involves drafting, filing and prosecuting UK and European patent applications, as well as handling large patent families across many other countries. He also provides advice on freedom to operate and validity, and has experience of oppositions and appeals before the European Patent Office.


Tom graduated from Durham University with a first class degree in Chemistry, and in his final year carried out a literature research project on selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Tom also holds a Certificate in Intellectual Property Law from Queen Mary, University of London.

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys
  • Member of the European Patent Institute