Catherine Noronha

Attorney
Catherine Noronha

Background

Catherine is a qualified UK and European patent attorney.  She joined Dehns in 2006.  Catherine graduated from Imperial College London in 2003 with a First Class Master of Science Degree in Physics.  As part of this degree she spent a year studying physics at L'Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble.  Catherine also completed a PhD in High Energy Physics at Imperial.

Catherine was made an Associate of the firm in 2012 and, since 2015, has been working as a Consultant Patent Attorney to the firm.  

 

Type of clients and client work

Catherine has acted for individual inventors, small and medium sized companies and universities from the UK and Scandinavia. She also acts for a number of large international corporations.

Catherine is experienced in drafting new patent applications and prosecuting applications before the UK and European Patent Offices. She also oversees the prosecution of large families of patent and design applications in countries all over the world.

Catherine also provides advice on matters of freedom-to-operate, infringement and validity, and due diligence.

 

Expertise

Catherine has worked on a wide range of technologies in physics and engineering fields, including medical devices, artificial surfaces and drainage products, graphics processing software, beverage dispensers, oil cleaning apparatus, thermodynamic modelling software, offshore wind turbines, mobile phone technology, hydrogen fuel cells, oil pipeline and separator technology, cracking furnaces, automotive engine technology, aircraft turbines, hyperspectral imaging devices and elevator control systems. 

Catherine has particular experience in working with companies whose inventions are still at a relatively early stage.

 

Qualifications and Memberships

  • UK Chartered Patent Attorney, 2010
  • European Patent Attorney, 2010
  • Certificate in IP Law, Brunel University, 2007
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys
  • Member of the European Patent Institute

 

Higher Education

PhD, High Energy Physics, Imperial College London, 2007

MSci (First Class) Physics with a Year in Europe, Imperial College London, 2003

Catherine’s PhD research involved studying polarised charged current deep inelastic scattering interactions between protons and electrons at the HERA particle accelerator in Hamburg.

 

Other

Catherine has written articles on various IP-related topics, including:

‘The European Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court - what are we worried about?’, Intellectual Property Magazine, August 2013. Click here to read article.

‘When should I file a patent application to protect my idea?’, Financial Times, May 2013. Click here to read article.

‘A Single European Patent’, Director of Finance, January 2013. Click here to read article.