Peter Gemmell


‌My work involves all aspects of representing clients before the UK and European Patent Offices, including conducting European Opposition and Appeal proceedings.

From an early age, I was interested in science, and particularly in chemistry. After achieving a first class honours degree in chemistry I completed a PhD at Hull University on liquid crystal polymers. Following post-doctoral work on ferroelectric liquid crystals, I joined ICI as a research and development scientist.

During my time with ICI I worked in a variety of product development areas, including large-area display devices, optical data storage media, dye-diffusion thermal transfer printing media and novel xerographic films.

I found working as part of a multidisciplinary team to be a valuable aid to developing technical communication skills, as also was the process of taking a new product from a bench experiment, through pilot-scale trials, to a handover to full-scale production.

In addition to chemical subject matter, I deal with a range of technologies, including display devices, medical devices, and general mechanical inventions. I also advise clients on related trade mark and design matters, and licensing of IP rights.

My clients have been kind enough to say of me:

“Not only has Peter been efficient in processing out Patents and Trade Marks but he has brought an imaginative and creative approach to the creation and protection of IP for our business. He has helped guide us through major licensing transactions with multinational corporations as well as secure multiple Patents for our technology.” – Paul Swinney, CEO, Tristel PLC
“Inventors enjoy working with Peter, and have provided feedback indicating that he is consistently quick and accurate in determining what inventions are really about. Peter has a sound commercial appreciation, and, on the basis of the work product I have seen, I would have no reservations about recommending his services and more generally those of Dummett Copp.” – Kevin Mudge, Counsel, IP, Hewlett-Packard Limited

When not in the office I can be found in the gym, or playing bridge, tennis or squash. I also enjoy skiing, my appreciation of which is in no way diminished by both my daughters now being better at it than I am.

I am a fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys.

I became a Partner with the firm in 1997 and Senior Partner in 2008.  I retired in 2020.


  • PhD Liquid Crystal Polymers
  • BSc (Hons) Chemistry