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Daniel Hirons MChem, CPA, EPA


Daniel is a patent attorney in our Life Sciences & Chemistry group.

Daniel is a keen chemist who has worked with a wide range of chemical companies throughout his career. He has particular experience in the oil & gas sector, as well as in mineral chemistry, green technology, industrial decarbonisation, materials, minerals, industrial cement manufacture and pharmaceuticals. He finds sectors that crossover with chemistry particularly interesting, such as continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices, raw material recycling processes and paper technology.

Much of Daniel’s work focuses on patent prosecution, drafting and contentious matters relating to European and UK patents. He also has significant experience managing global patent portfolios for SMEs and fast-growing start-ups, having worked in-house at a successful German start-up where he was responsible implementing an IP system and developing a robust IP strategy to keep potential competitors off the market. From this first-hand in-house experience, Daniel understands the pressures faced and knows how to work with in-house counsel in the most effective, cost-efficient and useful way.

Education & background

Daniel graduated from St John’s College, at the University of Oxford, with an MChem degree in 2014. The master’s degree involved a final year research project, which Daniel focused on the synthesis of dihydroconduramines, investigated for their potential use in the treatment of conditions such as type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Daniel joined the profession in 2014. He qualified as a UK patent attorney in 2017, receiving the prestigious Gill Prize for the highest aggregate mark in the qualifying examinations. He qualified as a European patent attorney in 2018, achieving the 14th highest mark in Europe. He joined Withers & Rogers in 2023, having previously worked in other top patent firms in Germany and the UK and leading the patent team for one of the fastest growing start-ups in Germany. Daniel is also currently an Examiner for the UK Patent Drafting examination paper.

On a personal note...

In his free time, Daniel enjoys all things sports and you will find him regularly cycling, running and playing football for his local team in Munich. Outside of sport, Daniel is a keen traveller and has spent several months teaching Chemistry and English across various parts of Asia, particularly in China and South Korea.