Monika Rai

Partner, UK and European Patent Attorney, Solicitor
London, EIP Europe LLP

Monika is a life sciences specialist with a track record of achieving successful outcomes for clients in challenging cases. She has particular expertise in contentious proceedings at the European Patent Office, often involving multiple parties, and in advising on strategically significant patent portfolios. She regularly provides freedom to operate and validity opinions and has also coordinated and advised on major IP due diligence projects.

With a background that is legal as well as scientific, and by combining a strategic approach with attention to detail, Monika has built a reputation for her advocacy in EPO examination and opposition proceedings. She has represented some of the world's most innovative organisations in the life sciences sector in technical areas including cancer immunotherapy utilising machine learning, microbiome therapeutics, gene therapy, therapeutic nucleotides and peptides, antibody formats, antibody discovery and diagnostics.

Monika joined EIP from a position as partner at another UK IP firm. Her professional experience spans over fifteen years and includes private practice firms in the UK and India as well as in-house experience supporting the biologicals and biopharma teams at a global healthcare company.

Monika has a degree in Botany, Zoology and Chemistry, and a law degree, both from the University of Delhi. She also gained a master of laws degree, specialising in intellectual property, from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Published articles

  • 3 August 2020
    The Times, The profit motive puts Big Pharma on the spot as it hunts for a vaccine (link)
  • September 2018
    BioPharm International, Antibody Claims at the EPO
  • February 2008
    CIPA Journal, Roche v CIPLA - a generic case?

Education and qualifications

  • UK Chartered Patent Attorney, 2013
  • European Patent Attorney, 2010
  • Solicitor (England and Wales), 2008
  • Indian Patent Attorney, 2004 and Advocate, 2003

  • 2002 — 2003
    LLM (Intellectual Property), London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London
  • 1999 — 2002
    LLB, Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi
  • 1996 — 1999
    BSc (Hons) Botany, Zoology and Chemistry, University of Delhi

Career history

  • 2020 — present
    Partner, EIP
  • 2016 — 2020
    Partner, Mathys & Squire
  • 2014 — 2016
    Associate, Mathys & Squire
  • 2012 — 2013
    Consultant, GlaxoSmithKline
  • 2008 — 2012
    European Patent Attorney, Olswang
  • 2007 — 2008
    Technical Assistant, Kilburn & Strode
  • 2004 — 2006
    Advocate, Groser & Groser

Awards and recognition

  • Legal 500, 2018: Recommended patent attorney

Languages spoken

  • Hindi

Speaking engagements

  • 15 November 2018
    World IP Forum, Antibodies at the EPO
  • January 2012
    Global IP Convention, Developing a Cost-Effective Patent Strategy for Europe (Protection and Litigation)
  • August 2005
    ICAR-IPA National Conference on IPR and Management of Agricultural Research, Elements of IP Portfolio and Management Strategies