Bal is a UK and European qualified patent attorney working at specialist intellectual property firm, HGF Ltd. The firm provides IP services through a network of offices across Europe. Bal is a partner in the pharmaceutical team based in Manchester.nnAfter qualifying as a pharmacist, Bal began his career in community pharmacy before completing a PhD in biopharmaceutics and moving into the pharmaceutical industry. He worked for a newly formed university spin-out and then joined AstraZeneca as a senior scientist within their drug delivery team where he first gained exposure to patents through research work. In 2006, he transitioned into the IP department of the company, where he went onto qualify as a patent attorney and patent attorney litigator. nnBal joined HGF in 2015 and now works with a range of pharmaceutical and life science companies.