David Shanks

European Patent Attorney


+46 708 396 455



David works as a patent consultant handling patent drafting, filing and prosecution within the fields of organic and polymer chemistry, process technology, life science, and consumer products. Prior to joining Zacco in 2015, David was a Patent Examiner at the Swedish Patent and Registration Office (PRV) for seven years; at various periods active in the groups for Organic & Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry and Automotive Technology. At PRV, David was also an Examination Expert and participated in the Patent Expert programme.

David gained a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Uppsala University in 2005. His research focussed on catalytic antioxidants and their possible applications in the paper, polymer and pharmaceutical industries. He has completed postdoctoral studies at the University of Copenhagen within the field of molecular electronics and holds a MSc. in Pure and Applied Chemistry from the University of Strathclyde.

Besides academic research, David has worked in pharmaceutical discovery with the Institut de Recherches Servier in France and in contract pharmaceutical synthesis with Syntagon in Sweden. He has also acted as a consultant to PolyInova, a start-up focussed on polymer additives, founded upon his doctoral research.

Areas Of Expertise

Patent Drafting
Patent Prosecution
Prior Art Search
Patent Strategy

Competence Areas
Life Science
GreenTech (Cleantech)