UK Chartered Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney
My background is biochemistry, and so my primary technical fields are biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and medical devices. I work in patents and have wide experience in this area, including UK litigation and freedom to operate opinions. My core area of expertise is law and practice at the EPO, where I have considerable experience, including in opposition and appeal procedures.
I qualified as both a UK and European Patent Attorney in 1989, and became a partner in 1993. I spend several weeks a year in the office in Munich, in connection with my work before the European Patent Office.
I am a member of the epi and CIPA Councils. I am chair of the CIPA education committee, and vice-chair of the CIPA life sciences’ committee.
I am married with two teenage daughters – so have plenty of practice of arguing my case in the face of overwhelming odds – and live in North London. We spend as much time as we can meeting and laughing with friends. I am an avid music fan and regular concert-goer – the more obscure the better. I am also no stranger to disappointment, being a life-long supporter of Watford FC.
In 2010, I was given the title of Managing Partner – I’m not sure if my partners were sure I was the right man for the job or just didn’t want the job themselves! My main roles are to oversee everything that is happening in the partnership, to improve communication between partners and offices, to drive forward business initiatives and to represent the partnership, where necessary. The role is a very fulfilling one, although at times I wish I had more hands, to keep all the plates spinning!