Hannah Elam

Trainee Solicitor
London, EIP Europe LLP

Hannah is a Trainee Solicitor in EIP Legal. Prior to joining EIP she spent five years as an IP litigation paralegal at a specialist IP firm where she was primarily involved in contentious life sciences disputes with a focus on complex patent litigation in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology fields. Hannah has been involved in some of the most high-profile recent cases in these sectors, including Eli Lilly & Others v Genentech, Astex v AstraZeneca and GSK v Wyeth.

Hannah holds a master’s degree in Management of Intellectual Property and a research master’s in Molecular Cell Biology. She also completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practicing Course at BPP University while working full time. Hannah is a native Swedish speaker.


  • Eli Lilly & Others v Genentech: Lead paralegal for Genentech in a declaration of non-infringement and SPC invalidation action concerning Lilly’s originator product ixekizumab (Taltz).
  • Astex v AstraZeneca: Lead paralegal for AZ in the successful appeal of the first instance decisions concerning a R&D collaboration agreement for BACE inhibitors for Alzheimer's disease.
  • GSK v Wyeth: Lead paralegal for Wyeth in the successful defence of a high value revocation and declaration of non-infringement action concerning Wyeth’s Meningitis B vaccine Trumenba.

Recent work

  • Acting for Unwired Planet and Conversant Wireless in successful Supreme Court proceedings against Huawei (and ZTE for Conversant) on the issue of FRAND in the context of Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) in the field of telecommunication. (link)

Education and qualifications


  • 2018 — 2019
    Legal Practice Course, BPP University
  • 2014 — 2016
    Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP University
  • 2012 — 2013
    MSc Management of Intellectual Property, Queen Mary University of London
  • 2011 — 2012
    MSc by Research Molecular Cell Biology, University of Edinburgh
  • 2008 — 2011
    BSc Medical Biochemistry, University of Leicester

Career history

  • 2019 — present
    Trainee Solicitor , EIP
  • 2014 — 2019
    IP Litigation Paralegal, Marks & Clerk Solicitors

Languages spoken

  • Swedish (Fluent)