Deborah Selden


Experience and Expertise

Deborah’s technical background is in chemistry.  Her practice spans a wide range of fields from photovoltaic devices and printing techniques to carbohydrate synthesis, biotechnology, and a number of separation technologies, including air separation, chromatography and protein extraction. She drafts and prosecutes patent applications for a variety of clients ranging from multinational corporations to small start-up companies.  In addition, she has experience in defending oppositions to European patents, and providing infringement and freedom to operate advice to clients in a range of technical fields.

Deborah also practises in trade marks, handling an international portfolio of marks for a well-known fragrance brand, advising on strategies for extending and maintaining the portfolio, conducting and advising on searches, and defending the brand in a number of jurisdictions through opposition proceedings and the negotiation and drafting of settlement agreements.

Deborah trained and qualified with Beck Greener, having joined the firm in 2004.


"We work with Deborah Selden and Anna Hatt.  Both are solidly reliable and knowledgeable with sharp minds, able to understand technical matters in depth and apply what is needed for success. They also don’t shy away from finding extra prior art etc when there are gaps in the argumentation."

Professional Qualifications

Chartered Patent Attorney 2008
European Patent Attorney 2009
European Trade Mark Attorney 2014

Academic Qualifications

MChem, Merton College, University of Oxford 2000
D Phil Organic Chemistry, University of Oxford 2004