About



ForbesPatents is a boutique patent law firm, owned by Dr Craig Forbes. The firm specialises exclusively in the patenting of inventions in the chemical, pharmaceutical and applied chemical fields. Dr Forbes is the only patent attorney in South Africa with a PhD in chemistry and an LLB and has more than 22 years of experience in patent law.

After graduating he worked with the Nobel Prize laureate Prof Sir Derek Barton at Imperial College in London in the field of synthetic organic chemistry and the work was published as “Improved methods for the oxidation of primary and secondary alcohols” in J. Chem. Soc., Perkin Trans. 1, 1975, 1614-1616.

On his return to South Africa he joined the chemistry department of the University of Pretoria as a lecturer, later senior lecturer, where he taught chemistry at undergraduate and postgraduate level, conducted research in the field of synthetic organic chemistry, resulting in a number of peer-reviewed publications, and was the promotor of a number of masters and doctoral candidates. He was also the co-inventor of a process for producing biodiesel.

After his tenure at the University of Pretoria, he moved to the industrial sector as the research and development manager at a large South African pharmaceutical company where he spent five years, overseeing the synthesis and optimization of synthetic procedures for the production of active components for pharmaceutical products.

In the early 1990’s having competed an LLB degree he began his career as a Patent Attorney at Adams & Adams where he built up extensive experience in patenting inventions in the chemical and pharmaceutical fields throughout the world.