Lara joined Marks & Clerk in 2012 in the electronics group. She qualified as a UK Chartered Patent Attorney and a European Patent Attorney in 2016. Since joining Marks & Clerk, Lara has had experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications relating to a wide range of technologies, including in particular cryptography, telecommunications, signal processing, machine learning, optical devices and semiconductor devices. She also assists in preparing standards essentiality evaluations for European Patents. Lara acts on behalf of clients of all sizes, from individual inventors, through to SMEs and large multinationals and has experience prosecuting applications in multiple jurisdictions including Europe, the US, China and Japan.
Lara graduated from Durham University in 2007 with a first class degree in Physics. She went on to obtain a PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2011. Her PhD involved studying itinerant electron systems under extreme conditions such as high pressure and low temperature, with a focus on resistivity and synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction measurements.