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Adam Taylor

engineering, designs, dispute resolution View profile partner adam taylor

background

prior to joining dehns, he studied engineering at the university of cambridge, graduating with a first class master of engineering degree in 2003. during his studies adam worked for the uk ministry of defence where he gained experience in a wide range of defence and manufacturing industries. adam joined dehns in 2003, and was made a partner in 2013.

as a uk registered patent attorney and a european patent attorney, adam handles patent and design work in a variety of engineering fields

 

type of clients and client work

adam works directly with inventors, university technology transfer offices and applicant companies primarily based in the uk and norway, and this includes drafting and filing priority applications as well as co-ordinating prosecution of international patent families and conducting examination before the epo and uk ipo. he also works for large multinationals in relation to filing and prosecution of their epo and uk patent applications, as well as co-ordinating the preparation and filing of patent applications originating with their european inventors.

adam handles opposition and appeal work before the epo and regularly represents clients during epo hearings at first instance as well as during the appeal procedure. he advises clients in relation to infringement and validity of their own patents and third party patent rights and is highly experienced in relation to ip portfolio reviews for due diligence processes.

in addition to patent work, his practice extends to the registration and enforcement of uk and european community registered designs and related unregistered rights.

 

expertise

adam’s experience extends to a variety of fields focused on engineering and information technology, including aerospace, oil and gas/offshore technologies, heat and power production/distribution, hvac, mechanical engineering, medical devices, biometrics and smartcards.

qualifications and memberships

  • uk chartered patent attorney, 2007
  • european patent attorney, 2007
  • certificate in ip law, university of london, 2004
  • ip litigator
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys
  • member of the european patent institute

 

higher education

meng (first class), university of cambridge, mechanical and materials engineering, 2003

adam was awarded the sir george nelson prize in applied mechanics by the university of cambridge, having achieved the highest marks in the third and fourth year examinations.

 

other

in 2007 adam received the gill prize from the chartered institute of patent attorneys for the best overall performance in the final examinations across the country.

adam was mentioned in the 2020, 2021 and 2022 editions of the legal 500 as a “key lawyer”.

Adrian Samuels

consulting, engineering, dispute resolution View profile partner adrian samuels

background

adrian samuels is a uk and european patent attorney with an ma in physics from oxford university. he handles patent work in various fields of physics and engineering.

adrian joined dehns in 1995 and became a partner in 2003.

 

type of clients and client work

adrian has extensive experience of drafting original patent applications for direct clients, from start-ups to larger established companies; in particular he helps them take a commercially-focused strategic approach to building an ip portfolio which maximises company value. he also has indepth experience in contentious matters including european oppositions and uk and us litigation.

 

expertise

he handles patent work in various engineering fields including ultrasonic interfaces, control systems for domestic appliances, fluid control valves and various areas of physics such as optics and optical sensors.

adrian also has a significant practice in electronics both at systems level and component level; and in computer-implemented inventions, mainly for smaller companies in areas which have include telecommunications, short range radio data communication, mathematical modelling and microprocessor design.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • european patent attorney, 1999
  • uk chartered patent attorney, 1999
  • certified patent valuation analyst 2013
  • ip litigator
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys
  • basic litigation skills course, 2017

 

higher education

ma, physics, university of oxford, 1994

 

other

adrian has been recognised as a “global ip star” in the managing intellectual property ip stars 2018 edition and as a “patent star” in the 2019 edition, where he was also highlighted as a “notable experienced patent attorney”. he was once again recognised as a “patent star” in the 2020 and 2021 editions of managing intellectual property’s ip stars directory.

Alex Gittins

engineering, dispute resolution View profile partner alex gittins

background

alex is a partner of the firm and handles a diverse range of work in the engineering, physical sciences and software fields, with a particular focus on aerospace and power systems engineering. he previously worked for a major engineering consultancy, and holds a degree in physics from imperial college, london. alex joined the firm in 2008.

 

type of clients and client work

alex advises on all aspects of patent and design law including worldwide patent filing strategies, enforcement of patents in europe, design registrations, ip licensing and issues of infringement and validity.

a large proportion of alex’s work relates to contentious proceedings at the european patent office (epo), with many years of experience representing clients before the opposition divisions and technical boards of appeal. alex is part of a revered team at dehns having an in-depth knowledge of the opposition and appeal procedure, and acts as lead advocate for roughly 10-20 opposition and appeal hearings each year. he has dealt with many of the more complex issues, such as where there is co-pending litigation, publication by public prior use, filing of expert opinion and evidence, to name a few.

alex has great relationships with inventors and enjoys learning about their technology. a number of his clients are smes and start-ups, with whom he has worked to obtain useful protection whilst bearing in mind the financial challenges that are often involved.

 

expertise

alex has experience in a diverse range of technical fields, from mass spectrometry through to blood analysis and consumer products. other areas of expertise include: medical devices (hematology and cytometry), energy generation (biomass and gas turbines) refrigeration, and oil/gas exploration (geophysics, drilling, completion).

 

qualifications and memberships

  • ip litigator
  • uk chartered patent attorney, 2013
  • european patent attorney, 2012
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys
  • member of the european patent institute
  • member of the royal college of science and institute of physics

 

higher education

msci physics, imperial college, london, 2008

 

other

alex was mentioned in the 2020, 2021 and 2022 editions of the legal 500 as a “key lawyer” of the firm.

Alex Piésold

engineering, designs View profile partner alex piésold

background

alex is a uk and european patent attorney. he joined dehns in 1982, having graduated from the university of bristol with a bsc (hons) in civil engineering. he became a partner in 1993 and in 2015 was elected senior partner, responsible for the growth and continued development of the firm.

alex handles a variety of engineering related patent work. he is also a uk chartered trade mark attorney.


type of clients and client work

alex’s experience includes advising direct clients, such as universities, spin outs and multinationals, on developing their intellectual property and patent portfolios, and the creation and implementation of patent filing strategies.

much of his work includes drafting and prosecuting patent applications, and providing advice on freedom to operate issues. he also handles european opposition work including the presentation of cases at opposition and appeal hearings.

in addition to his patent work, alex also advises clients in relation to the protection of their designs.


expertise

alex handles work in a number of engineering fields, including automotive engineering, fuel cells, ventilation appliances, fluid mechanics, gas separators, medical devices, pharmaceutical containers and packaging, construction and building technology, offshore structures, sub-sea electrical and optical connectors, and electro-osmotic pumps and mixers.


qualifications and memberships

  • uk chartered patent attorney, 1987
  • european patent attorney, 1987
  • uk chartered trade mark attorney, 1990
  • registered trade mark agent, 1990
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys (cipa)


higher education

bsc (hons), university of bristol, civil engineering, 1982


other

alex is a regular visitor to japan, providing a number of large japanese clients with advice on uk and european patent and design practice. he also regularly attends the annual meeting of the asian patent attorneys association (apaa).

alex provides advice to private inventors at patent clinics organised by the chartered institute of patent attorneys.

alex was named as a “recommended” patent attorney in the 2017 and 2018 editions of legal 500 and mentioned in the 2022 edition.

Alison Hague

engineering, trade marks View profile partner alison hague

background

having graduated from oxford university with an honours degree in engineering science, alison joined dehns in 1987 and became a partner in 1998. she is a uk chartered patent attorney, a european patent attorney and a uk chartered trade mark attorney.

 

type of clients and client work

alison handles trade mark and design work for a wide range of clients and patent work, mainly in the field of mechanical engineering.

alison has experience of filing uk and eu-wide applications for customs action as well as liaising with associates to file national applications for customs action in other eu territories. her experience includes pro-actively requesting customs monitoring with customs authorities as part of an anti-counterfeiting strategy as well as reacting to ex-officio customs notifications.

alison has handled customs matters for a well-known entertainment brand since at least 2011 and regularly assists them with requesting destruction of a wide range of counterfeit products from small consignments to shipments of several thousand items. she has also had experience handling customs matters outside of the eu, e.g. israel.

 

expertise

alison handles patent work in various engineering fields, but particularly in mechanical engineering, robotics and control systems.

she manages all aspects of international trade mark portfolios in a wide range of fields including entertainment, merchandising and fashion. alison provides strategic advice regarding trade mark protection and she has substantial experience in handling trade mark applications and oppositions before the united kingdom and european union trade mark offices and in numerous other territories through local firms of overseas associates.

alison also handles registered designs.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • european patent attorney, 1992
  • uk chatered patent attorney, 1993
  • uk chartered trade mark attorney, 1994
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys
  • chartered institute of trade mark attorneys
  • certificate in intellectual property law, queen mary college, university of london

 

higher education

ma oxford university, engineering science, 1987

 

other

publications:

‘trade marks or designs – so many choices!’, fashion capital, april 2014

‘is your brand at risk of hijacking?’, director of finance, march 2014

‘protecting your brand in china’, fashion capital, march 2014

Andrea Hughes

engineering, trade marks, dispute resolution View profile partner andrea hughes

background

andrea is a uk, german and european patent attorney. she joined dehns in 1989, having completed her beng in electronics and electrical engineering at the university of london, and was made a partner in 2000. she obtained a masters degree in law from the university of nottingham in 2000 and she handles patent work in the electronics and mechanical engineering fields.

andrea heads up the dehns office in munich where she has been based since 1999. in addition to being a uk, german and european patent attorney, andrea is also a uk chartered trade mark attorney, a european trade mark attorney and a member of the patentanwaltskammer.

 

type of clients and client work

andrea has particular experience in advising on, drafting and prosecuting european patents and she has considerable experience in representing clients at oral proceedings before the epo examining, opposition and appeal divisions.

her clients range from universities and ttos, to large multinationals requiring a global ip strategy with a structured ip portfolio.

 

expertise

she handles patent work in the electronics and mechanical engineering fields, and is a specialist in medical devices. she also handles trade marks in various fields such as medical technology and publications.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk chartered patent attorney, 1994
  • european patent attorney, 1994
  • uk chartered trade mark attorney, 1994
  • european trade mark attorney
  • professional representative before euipo, 1996
  • patentanwältin, 2019
  • registered trade mark agent (ireland), 2019
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys (cipa)
  • patentanwaltskammer, germany
  • international trademark association
  • european patent institute

 

higher education

llm, nottingham university, intellectual property litigation, 2004

llb, university of london, law, 2000

beng, university of london, electronics and electrical engineering, 1989

ma translation, open university, 2019

 

other

having lived in germany for a number of years, andrea speaks fluent german.

Andrew Chiva

engineering, designs, dispute resolution View profile partner andrew chiva

background

andrew is a european patent attorney and chartered uk patent attorney. he joined dehns in 2002 after graduating from imperial college, london with a masters degree in physics. andrew handles patent work in a wide range of engineering-related fields and was made a dehns partner in 2013.

 

type of clients and client work

the majority of andrew’s clients are multi-national corporations and small/medium sized companies, although he also works with universities and individuals. he advises on all aspects of the patent process, including drafting applications, prosecution in multiple jurisdictions, post-grant proceedings at the european patent office, and patent infringement and enforcement matters.

 

expertise

andrew handles work in a wide range of technologies, including mass spectrometry, oil drilling systems, fire and security, containers, and sanitary products and equipment.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • certificate in ip law, university of london, 2003
  • european patent attorney, 2005
  • uk chartered patent attorney, 2006 (awarded gill prize for first place overall and strode prize for first place in practice paper)
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys
  • european patent institute

 

higher education

msci (first class), imperial college, london, physics, 2001

 

other

andrew was awarded the gill prize and the strode prize by the chartered institute of patent attorneys for his performance in the institute’s final examinations.

Annabel Beacham

chemical, dispute resolution View profile partner annabel beacham

background

annabel is a qualified uk and european patent attorney and is a partner in the firm. she joined dehns in 1994 having graduated from the university of oxford with a first class honours degree in chemistry and having subsequently been awarded a doctorate from the university of oxford for research in the field of carbohydrate chemistry. annabel became a partner in 2002.

 

type of clients and client work

annabel acts for a range of clients, including a number of us corporates. the majority of her practice involves prosecution and opposition work before the european patent office. she also handles applications for supplementary protection certificates and provides strategic advice regarding the infringement and validity of uk and ep patents.

 

expertise

annabel handles patent work in all areas of chemistry, including pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, blood products, oil field services, cosmetics and personal care products.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk chartered patent attorney, 1999
  • european patent attorney, 1998
  • certificate in intellectual property law, queen mary college, university of london, 1996
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys
  • member of the institute of professional representatives before the european patent office (epi)
  • foreign member of the american intellectual property law association (aipla)
  • member of the society of chemical industry (sci)

 

higher education

dphil, oxford university, “studies in higher sugars”, 1994

ma, oxford university, natural sciences (chemistry), 1991

 

other

annabel is the partner with responsibility for the firm’s formalities and records departments.

annabel was recognised as an “ip star” in managing intellectual property’s ip stars 2018 legal directory and as a “patent star” in the 20192020 and 2021 editions of the directory.

she was mentioned in the 2020 edition of the legal 500 as a “key lawyer” of the firm.

Chris Goddard

chemical View profile partner chris goddard

background

chris is a european and uk chartered patent attorney. he graduated from the university of cambridge in 1994 with a degree in natural sciences (chemistry) and was awarded a phd, also by the university of cambridge. he joined the firm in 1999 and was made a partner in 2013.

 

type of clients and client work

chris handles patent work for a variety of clients from sole-inventors and small biotech companies to multinational corporations, with a considerable proportion of his work originating from clients in scandinavia.

chris provides patent drafting, filing, international prosecution and strategic ip portfolio advice. he has experience in oppositions and appeals before the epo.

 

expertise

chris works with inventions from a broad range of chemical technologies including organic chemistry, pharmaceuticals, drug delivery formulations, diagnostic assays, medical devices, solar cells and renewable energy.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk chartered patent attorney, 2004
  • european patent attorney, 2003
  • certificate in ip law, university of london, 2001
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys
  • basic litigation skills course

 

higher education

phd, university of cambridge, thesis title: “resin-bound synthesis and template-based chemical libraries”, 2000

ba, university of cambridge, natural sciences (chemistry), 1994

 

other

chris was mentioned in the 2018 edition of the legal 500 directory: “patent portfolio management is a key specialty of chris goddard, who recently worked with camurus on its portfolio”. he was also mentioned in the 2020 edition of the legal 500 as a “key lawyer” of the firm.

following his phd, chris became a postgraduate research associate at the university chemical laboratories in cambridge, where he was involved in the development of a solid-phase multiple-parallel synthesis platform in collaboration with pe biosystems, a californian scientific instrument manufacturer.

Clare Mann

trade marks, dispute resolution View profile partner clare mann

background

clare is a uk chartered trade mark attorney.

she joined the firm in 2000, having graduated from the university of hull with a first class honours degree in history. she became a partner in 2011 and handles trade mark work in a variety of sectors.

 

type of clients and client work

clare works for a wide range of clients, from individuals through to global corporations, handling all aspects of uk, european union, and worldwide clearance searching, prosecution and enforcement, as well as domain name disputes. she also manages significant global portfolios, and supports companies with their expansion plans by developing and implementing global ip portfolio strategies.

 

expertise

clare works with clients in a wide variety of sectors, including: sport, financial services, medical technology, food and beverage, entertainment, leisure, fashion, tourism and retail.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk chartered trade mark attorney, 2005
  • chartered institute of trade mark attorneys
  • international trademark association

 

higher education

ba hons, university of hull, history, 1998

 

other

clare has been noted as “relaxed and unflappable under pressure” and highlighted for her “great manner with clients”; “mann is very professional, gives sound counsel and communicates clearly” in world trademark review’s annual “world’s leading trademark professionals” publication. in the 2021 edition of this publication, clare was noted for being “quick and responsive” and helping companies to expand their portfolios internationally.

clare was a ‘recommended lawyer’ in the 2017 legal 500 directory and has also been names as a “key lawyer” for the last few years, including the most recent 2022 edition. clare was also named as a ”key figure” in the leaders league 2021 rankings of leading uk trademark prosecution firms.

clare regularly represents the firm at conferences and other events, including speaking at industry seminars. she has also written and published a large number of trade mark articles – see below for further information.

David Paton

engineering, designs View profile partner david paton

background

david is a european patent attorney and chartered uk patent attorney. he is also an experienced design attorney. david joined the intellectual property profession in 2004 and worked for intellectual property companies in london and bristol before joining dehns in their bristol office in 2020. david was made partner in 2021.

prior to joining dehns, david studied mechanical engineering at the university of bath.

 

type of clients and client work

david is experienced at handling a broad range of aspects of patent practice, including patent drafting and prosecution, as well as contentious matters, freedom to operate and infringement and validity opinions. he provides strategic ip advice to smes and corporate clients, and assists them in maximising the value of their ip and advising them on the most suitable intellectual property portfolio for their business. david also works closely with start up and scale up entities, as well as having substantial experience working with in-house ip departments.

as an experienced design attorney, david regularly deals with registered and unregistered design portfolios, as well as other ip matters.

 

expertise

specialising in the mechanical and electromechanical engineering fields, david is well versed in a wide variety of different technologies. in particular, he has a high level of experience with aeronautical and automotive technologies, medical devices, consumer appliances, and manufacturing machinery.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk chartered patent attorney, 2010
  • european patent attorney, 2008
  • certificate in ip law, university of london, 2005
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys (cipa)
  • member of the european patent institute

 

higher education

meng (hons) mechanical engineering, university of bath, 2003

 

other 

david was named as a “key lawyer” in the 2022 edition of the legal 500 directory.

Deborah Owen

biotechnology View profile partner deborah owen

background

deborah is a qualified uk and european patent attorney. she joined dehns in 1996 having graduated from the university of cambridge in 1992 with an honours degree in natural sciences (zoology) and subsequently carrying out post-graduate research in the field of molecular and cell biology of breast cancer at the imperial cancer research fund (now crc-uk) in london, leading to the award of a phd by university college london. deborah became a partner of the firm in 2009.

 

type of clients and client work

deborah’s clients include universities (and their associated spin out companies) and small- to medium-sized companies, including new start-up companies, all the way through to multinational corporations.

deborah prides herself on developing a close and interactive working relationship with all her clients to achieve the best possible patent (and other ip) strategy. she always strives to give clear and commercially focussed advice which is tailored to the individual needs of clients depending on the challenges they are facing.

deborah’s practice in particular focuses on small and medium sized technology companies for whom their patent portfolios are one of their major assets. deborah understands the commercial importance of a global ip strategy and building a strong ip portfolio, and is experienced in guiding companies through this process. deborah appreciates the difficulties which can be faced by early stage companies in trying to establish an ip portfolio and provides valuable support and ip education, including ip advice clinics, to small and medium sized technology companies based in technology incubators.

a major proportion of deborah’s work is original patent drafting and advice work. she provides a range of services including patentability assessments, drafting, filing and prosecuting patent applications in multiple jurisdictions worldwide, and defending and opposing granted patents. deborah also advises clients in a number of other relevant areas including infringement and validity, freedom to operate, evaluating patent portfolios and due diligence.

 

expertise

deborah handles patent work in many areas of biotechnology and biochemistry, including genomics, proteomics, recombinant nucleic acid and protein products, research tools, screening methods, biofuels, transgenic plants, diagnostic and molecular assays, microbiology and probiotics, virology and vaccines, with particular experience in areas of cell biology, immunology and antibody technology. she also drafts and files new patent applications in these areas.

deborah is regularly named in all leading legal and ip directories, including recent editions of chambers, legal 500 and ip stars.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • european patent attorney, 2001
  • uk registered patent attorney, 2001
  • certificate in ip law, university of london, 1998
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys

 

higher education

phd university of london (research carried out at the imperial cancer research fund, london), “in vitro morphogenesis of human mammary epithelial cells”, 1996

ma, cambridge university, natural sciences (zoology), 1992

 

other

deborah was recommended in the 2020 edition of the legal 500 directory and received the following client testimonial in the commentary: “deborah owen is undoubtedly a leader in her field. she is highly responsive and has huge attention to detail. she is a subject matter expert for antibody therapeutics and highly effectively leads our patent strategy, helping us to identify problems and find solutions. an exceptional talent.’”

publications:

“patent issues relating to therapeutic antibodies”, handbook of therapeutic antibodies (second edition, published 2014)

‘enforcement of screening method patents: the medimmune case’, journal of intellectual property law & practice, january 2012

‘the potential power of method claims’, intellectual property magazine, november 2011

Elaine Deyes

trade marks View profile partner elaine deyes

background

elaine is a uk chartered trade mark attorney who joined dehns in 1996 and was made a partner in 2007. elaine is head of dehns’ trade mark group.

 

type of clients and client work

elaine works with a variety of clients, ranging from individuals to major companies with significant international trade mark portfolios.

she has extensive experience of handling all aspects of uk and european union trade mark clearance, prosecution and enforcement, advising on and implementing searching and filing strategies, dealing with official objections, oppositions and cancellation/invalidity proceedings, advising in the areas of infringement and passing-off, and dispute resolution. she also advises on and handles domain name and company name disputes. elaine likewise has considerable experience of filing and prosecuting international applications and in the protection and enforcement of trade marks worldwide.

recent work for an international client involved a major ip strategic review as part of a global re-branding project. on the back of this review, elaine developed and implemented the global ip strategy to ensure protection during future diversification of the business, including involvement in extensive and complex settlement negotiations.

 

expertise

elaine works with clients in many different sectors, including fashion, lighting, renewable energy, pharmaceuticals, entertainment, estate agency, finance and insurance, healthcare and fitness, construction and chemistry.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk chartered trade mark attorney, 2002
  • chartered institute of trade mark attorneys (citma)
  • international trademark association (inta)
  • european communities trade mark association (ecta)
  • the association of european trade mark owners (marques)

 

higher education

bsc (hons), university of surrey, law and french, 1996

 

other

as part of elaine’s professional studies, she was awarded the adrian spencer memorial award for achieving first place in the advanced trade mark law examination in 2000.

since then, elaine has been regularly highlighted and acknowledged as a leading trade mark expert in various leading legal and ip directories. this has included:

  • leaders league – elaine was named as a ”key figure” in the leaders league 2021 rankings of leading uk trademark prosecution firms
  • world trademark review’s “global leaders” publication – elaine was named as a “global leader” in the private practice sector of the 2020 and 2019 editions of this publication
  • ip stars – named as an “ip star” by managing intellectual property for the 7th consecutive year
  • world trademark review’s annual “world’s leading trademark professionals” publication – elaine was noted for being “extremely capable” and giving “comprehensive, considered and measured advice” characterised by “remarkable attention to detail”. this is the sixth consecutive year that elaine has been singled out in this publication, having also received a gold-band individual ranking in the wtr trade mark individuals: prosecution and strategy 2021 category
  • lawyer monthly – legal awards: “intellectual property – lawyer of the year – uk” award
  • legal 500 – elaine was again acknowledged as a “recommended attorney” and has been recognised as a “key lawyer” of the firm for the last few years in the legal 500 directory
  • who’s who legal guide – elaine was named as an “expert” in the 2018 and 2019 editions.
  • women in business legal awards – winner of the “trade mark attorney of the year – uk” award

elaine has also been named in the who’s who legal: trademarks 2019 guide.

elaine regularly represents the firm at various conferences and events organised by inta, citma and marques.

Elizabeth Jones

biotechnology View profile partner elizabeth jones

background

elizabeth is a uk registered and european patent attorney. she joined dehns in 1993, was made a partner in 2001 and is a senior member of dehns’ life sciences and biotechnology group. she holds a number of chemistry and biochemistry related degrees from the university of cape town and was awarded a phd by the open university. elizabeth is dehns’ managing partner.

 

type of clients and client work

elizabeth’s clients include sole inventors and small companies, as well as university technology transfer offices and multinationals. she provides a range of services including patentability assessments, drafting, filing and prosecuting patent applications, defending and opposing granted patents and providing advice on aspects such as due diligence, infringement, validity and freedom to practice.

 

expertise

elizabeth handles patent work in the general fields of biochemistry and biotechnology, including genomics, proteomics, immunology, virology and microbiology, particularly in relation to molecular biology based inventions (such as recombinant products, transgenic plants and animals, genomic therapeutics and diagnostics), screening methods, purification protocols, diagnostic assays and therapeutic and prophylactic inventions.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk registered patent attorney, 1997
  • european patent attorney, 1997
  • certificate in ip law, university of london, 1994
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys

 

higher education

phd, open university, “cell signalling pathways of il-1 and tnf”, 1993

msc, university of cape town, crystallographic determination of cholic acid:alcohol structures”, (awarded with distinction), 1989

bsc (hons), university of cape town, biochemistry, 1986

bsc, university of cape town, chemistry and biochemistry (distinction in chemistry), 1985

 

other

elizabeth was named as “patent attorney of the year – uk” at the women in business legal awards 2017. she was also mentioned in the legal 500 2022 edition.

 

Florian Steinbauer

engineering, trade marks View profile partner florian steinbauer

background

after obtaining his phd in 2004, florian joined kudlek grunert & partner and qualified as a german patent attorney in 2007, and then as a european patent attorney in 2008. he joined dehns in 2021 following the merger of the two firms in 2021. florian is a dehns partner.

florian is also a european trade mark and design attorney and his practice involves all aspects of patent, trade mark law and design law, and his patent practice comprises physics and engineering related technologies.

 

type of clients and client work

florian drafts and prosecutes patent applications before the epo and the german patent and trademark office (dpma), as well as providing expert opinions and advice on patents. he has considerable experience in representing clients at oral proceedings before the epo and dpma examining, opposition and appeal divisions, and the federal patents court in germany (bpatg).

his clients mainly work in the field of automotive and automation technology for large multinational and global companies

 

expertise

florian’s expertise as a patent attorney includes: mechanical engineering, control engineering, automation of technical processes, lighting technology for optical apparatuses, semiconductors, renewable energy sources, microtechnology and nanotechnology, photonics and thin films.

he has indepth experience in automotive technology including engine construction, vehicle electronics, motor control and hybrid systems.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • german patent attorney, 2007
  • european patent attorney, 2008
  • european trade mark and design attorney, 2007
  • chamber of german patent attorneys
  • european patent institute
  • international federation of intellectual property attorneys
  • deutsche physikalische gesellschaft (german physics society)

 

higher education

phd, university of regensburg, germany, 2004

  • thesis on the static magnetisation behaviour of micromagnets and nanomagnets

dipl. phys (physics diploma/degree), university of regensburg, germany, 2000

  • core topics: solid state physics, semiconductors and metals, thin films, magnetism
  • diploma thesis on the magnetic properties of iron neodymium multi-layers

 

other

florian lives in munich and speaks fluent german and english.

Hanna Dzieglewska

biotechnology View profile partner hanna dzieglewska

background

hanna dzieglewska joined the firm in 1987 and became a partner in 1995. after obtaining her first class honours degree in biochemistry specialising in neurochemistry, hanna went on to obtain a phd in biochemistry, focusing primarily on enzymology, protein purification, and microbial physiology.

hanna is head of the dehns biotechnology team.

 

type of clients and client work

hanna’s clients include small-to-medium-sized companies or sole inventors, as well as larger companies. her work includes all aspects of patent portfolio management worldwide and she has extensive experience of working directly and closely with inventors to identify patentable inventions and draft patent specifications, including helping to guide patent-focused research. she has particular experience in developing patent portfolios and ip strategies for her clients, and providing them with robust advice throughout their commercial development process. this includes all aspects of the patent prosecution process, including epo and foreign patent prosecution, and opposition work at the epo.

hanna’s work also includes advising clients in a number of areas including freedom to operate, evaluating patent portfolios and due diligence.

 

expertise

since joining the firm, hanna has worked in many technical areas of biochemistry/biotechnology including a variety of therapeutics and diagnostics, genetic engineering, and industrial biotech processes. particular areas include antibody and cell-based therapies, aspects of immunology generally, peptide therapeutics, recombinant protein expression, transgenic organisms, vaccines, vectors, biological purifications and separations, nucleic acid manipulations and assays (including isolation, sequencing, amplification, detection, genomic and expression analysis etc), cells (e.g. cell culture, isolation, manipulation, assays etc) and also in related areas such as medical uses of known compounds.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk chartered patent attorney, 1991
  • european patent attorney, 1992
  • registered trade mark agent, 1991
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys (cipa)

 

higher education

phd, university of kent, biochemistry, 1987

bsc hons (first class), imperial college, biochemistry, 1984

 

other

many of hanna’s clients are based in scandinavia, which she visits regularly.

hanna was named as a “recommended” patent attorney in the 2018 edition of the legal 500. she was also mentioned in the 2022 edition.

James Hull

engineering, dispute resolution View profile partner james hull

background

after graduating from the university of bristol with a degree in physics, james worked as a patent examiner in the uk intellectual property office for over four years. as part of this role, he searched and examined patent applications in both mechanical and electrical subject matter. james joined dehns in 2006, became an associate in 2012 and was made partner in 2016.

 

type of clients and client work

james works for clients ranging from individuals up to multinational companies, as well as overseas patent attorneys. james has extensive experience drafting and prosecuting applications in the uk intellectual property office and the european patent office. james also advises on infringement and validity of patents and has dealt with numerous appeals and oppositions before the european patent office.

in addition to patent work, he also files registered design applications and advises on matters of validity and infringement of registered and unregistered designs in the uk and europe.

 

expertise

james handles patent work in a variety of engineering fields, including aeronautical and automotive engineering, materials science, flow control systems, additive manufacturing, power generation, storage and transmission, electrical consumer goods, healthcare products and medical devices.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • european patent attorney, 2011
  • uk chartered patent attorney, 2010
  • intellectual property law post-graduate certificate, brunel university, 2007
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys
  • member of the european patent institute

 

higher education

bsc, university of bristol, physics 1999

John Tothill

engineering View profile partner john tothill

background

john joined dehns in 1991 and became a partner in 1999. at cambridge he studied physics and materials science with options in electronics, microelectronics and optical materials. in 2017, john was appointed as dehns’ head of engineering, with overall responsibility for the firm’s electronics, it and communications, physical science and materials, and engineering groups.

 

type of clients and client work

john and his teams are responsible for large patent portfolios for a number of high-technology multinational corporations. this includes drafting patents for new inventions and prosecuting patent applications in the uk, europe, the usa and throughout the world, as well as advising on contentious issues and addressing any validity challenges that arise.

he also has particular interest and experience in assisting and advising smes, new and start-up companies in high technology industries both in the uk and europe. this includes developing intellectual property portfolios, exploiting intellectual property assets and addressing the intellectual property of competitors.

 

expertise

john drafts and prosecutes patent applications in all areas of high technology, including electronics, microelectronics and microprocessors, computing, software, telecommunications, optics and other physics and engineering fields. john has particular expertise in drafting patents for filing in the usa and in prosecuting patent applications in the usa.

john also regularly advises on infringement and validity of patents in these fields and on related issues, including the exploitation and use of intellectual property rights.

he has also been heavily involved in a number of major telecommunications cases, including litigation of patents concerning the gprs standard and mobile email systems, and has particular experience in advising on patents relating to telecommunications standards and in licensing negotiations relating to patents alleged to be essential to standards.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk chartered patent attorney, 1996 (awarded strode prize for final examinations)
  • european patent attorney, 1996
  • professional representative before euipo, 1996
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys
  • member of the european patent institute

 

higher education

ma (first class), cambridge university, natural sciences (physical), 1991

 

other

john was awarded the strode prize by the chartered institute of patent agents for his performance in the institute’s final examinations.

he was mentioned in the legal 500 2022 edition.

publications:

‘the mobile phone patent disputes’, electronics weekly, august 2012

‘are the patent wars bad for innovation?’ the lawyer, may 2012

‘are patents now stifling innovation’, computing magazine, september 2011

Joseph Letang

trade marks View profile partner joseph letang

background

joseph is a partner in our trade mark group and is a uk chartered trade mark attorney.

having obtained an honours degree in law, joseph joined the firm in 1998 and became a partner in 2009. immediately prior to joining the firm joseph spent two years working for a specialist firm of trade mark attorneys where he trained under the then president of the chartered institute of trade mark attorneys.

 

type of clients and client work

joseph has experience prosecuting trade mark applications in the eu (eutm), uk and worldwide in all areas of industry for small businesses, multi-national corporations and solicitors with clients who need specialist assistance with trade marks. in addition to obtaining trade mark registrations, including filing applications and dealing with any related official objections/oppositions, joseph advises on searching and clearing trade marks for use, registrability, infringement, passing off and domain name disputes.

 

expertise

based in our brighton office, joseph regularly assists regional sme clients with various trade mark matters. he also manages global client portfolios in the fields of cosmetics, entertainment, restaurants and engineering.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk chartered trade mark attorney, 2001
  • member of the chartered institute of trade mark attorneys
  • member of the international trademark association
  • ip litigator – trade marks, 2018
  • ip inclusive committee member (ip & me)

 

higher education

llb hons, university of wolverhampton, law, 1988

 

other

joseph is highlighted as a recommended trade mark attorney in the leading legal and ip directories. this has included:

  • world trademark review’s world’s leading trademark professionals (2021 edition) – joseph “impresses with his “incredibly practical approach and ability to work within budget while getting get the highest level of protection”. “he makes complicated matters straightforward and gives sterling advice for a reasonable fee.”
  • legal 500 directory (2020 edition) as a “key lawyer” of the firm. joseph also received a testimonial stating: “joseph letang is brilliant at turning things around quickly for registrations, and giving pre-registration advice that is clear, concise and easily understandable.”
  • mip ip stars (2021 edition) – “trade mark star”
  • mip ip stars (2020 edition) – “trade mark star”
  • mip’s ip stars (2019 edition) – “trade mark star”
  • mip’s ip stars (2018 edition) – “global ip star”
  • legal 500 directory (2017 edition) – “recommended attorney” and as a “key lawyer” every year since then, including the most recent 2022 edition.
  • mip’s ip stars (2016 edition) – “notable partner” and highlighted for his work in “filing and prosecution”, “oppositions and appeals”, and “strategy & counselling”. in the previous edition it was stated that: “joseph letang is a name that stands out at the firm. “he is able to offer practical and concise advice,” says a client. “he is very personable and we were really pleased with the service he provided.””
  • world trade mark review (2016 edition) – singled out for providing: “…commercially astute guidance to his clients, including many small and medium-sized enterprises (smes) in southern england.” in the 2015 edition it stated: “joseph letang maintains a worldwide prosecution practice across myriad industries, although cosmetics and communications are particular strongholds.”

joseph is a former elected member of the general council of chartered institute of trade mark attorneys (citma), where he represented citma at uk business conferences, small business advice days and at the annual international trade mark association (inta) conference in the us. joseph currently assists citma in providing pro-bono advice to sme businesses at citma’s regular clinics.

he has been published more than once in a q&a section in the financial times on trade marks, and was also published in relation to madrid protocol filings in the trade journal ‘trademark world’.

watch the video below to see how joseph worked with the ace cafe brand.  over the last ten years, the ace cafe brand has gone global, and joseph has worked with them to help build, grow and protect their uk and overseas ip portfolio.

Katherine Mabey

engineering, dispute resolution View profile partner katherine mabey

background

katherine joined dehns in 1999, having graduated from oxford university with a first class honours degree in physics. she became a partner in 2011 and handles patent work in various fields including physics and telecommunications. she also handles design work.

 

type of clients and client work

based in the brighton office, katherine drafts and prosecutes patent applications in a diverse range of fields of physics and engineering, including satellite navigation systems, packaging, oil drilling systems, personal care articles and medical devices. she also advises on infringement and validity of patents in the above fields, and handles design work. she has particular experience in oppositions and appeals before the european patent office. her clients range from large us multinational companies to smes and overseas patent attorneys.

 

expertise

katherine handles patent work in the physics, engineering and electronics fields, as well as design work. she has considerable experience of handling opposition and appeal work before the european patent office.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk registered patent attorney, 2002 (awarded gill prize for first place overall and strode prize in practice paper)
  • chartered patent attorney
  • european patent attorney, 2002
  • certificate in ip law, university of london, 2000

 

higher education

ma, university of oxford, physics (first class), 1999

 

other

in 2003 katherine was awarded the gill prize by the chartered institute of patent agents for achieving first place in the final examinations, and the strode prize for the top performance in the practice paper.

Kerry Bridge

engineering, trade marks, designs View profile partner kerry bridge

background

kerry is a qualified uk and european patent attorney and is also a european trade mark and design attorney. she joined dehns in 2003 and became an associate in 2009. she became a senior associate in 2018. prior to this, she worked for two years at a large patent law firm in osaka, japan where she gained training and experience in the prosecution of patents under japanese, u.s. and european patent law.

kerry qualified as a european patent attorney in 2007 and as a uk patent attorney in 2008. when qualifying as a uk patent attorney, she was awarded the ballantyne prize by the chartered institute of patent attorneys for obtaining the highest marks in the infringement and validity final examination. kerry was made partner in 2020.

 

type of clients and client work

kerry has extensive experience in drafting and prosecuting patent applications before the uk intellectual property office, the european patent office and the us patent and trademark office. based permanently in the munich office, she regularly attends hearings at the european patent office. she is also fluent in both english and german.

 

expertise

kerry handles patent work in a variety of engineering fields including materials science, aeronautical engineering, tissue technology, oil drilling systems and medical devices, among others.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk chartered patent attorney, 2008 (awarded the ballantyne prize for first place in the infringement and validity paper)
  • european patent attorney, 2007
  • certificate in ip law, university of london, 2005 (with credit)
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys
  • member of the european patent institute
  • member of the patentanwaltskammer, germany
  • registered trade mark agent (ireland), 2021
  • european trade mark attorney, 2021
  • european design attorney, 2021

 

higher education

phd, manchester university, polymer science and technology, specialising in the development of biosensors for the quantification of blood glucose for diabetic patients, 2001

bsc (hons), umist, biomedical materials science, 1997

Laura Ramsay

engineering, dispute resolution View profile partner laura ramsay

background

laura is a european and uk patent attorney recognised in the legal 500 by her clients as being both innovative and practical in her approach.

laura graduated from the university of cambridge with a first class master of science degree in physics and materials science and joined dehns in 2003. she became a partner of the firm in 2013.
type of clients and client work

a number of laura’s clients are start-ups or small/medium sized businesses at an early stage. here her focus is on working closely with the client to create an ip strategy that fits with commercial objectives. she advises on background landscape searching, building a useful portfolio of ip rights, ip licensing, and how to deal with third party rights or possible infringements.

she also has many years of experience in working with in-house ip departments. laura understands the internal pressure involved in managing a large patent portfolio, which may originate from multiple r&d sites. she will act responsively to quickly turn around drafting and prosecution work, often dealing directly with inventors to transform an invention disclosure into a patent application.

 

expertise

laura handles patent work in various fields spanning physics, engineering and materials science, including medical devices, renewable energy, nanomaterials, semiconductors, aerospace engineering, composite materials, process technologies, spectrometry, electromechanical controls and oil/gas exploration. she drafts and prosecutes both uk and european patent applications in these fields.

laura is regularly involved in opposition and appeal proceedings before the european patent office.

she can advise on all aspects of patent and design law including worldwide patent filing strategies, utility model and design registrations, enforcement of patents in europe, ip licensing, and issues of infringement and validity.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk chartered patent attorney, 2008
  • european patent attorney, 2007
  • certificate in ip law, university of london, 2004
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys
  • member of the european patent institute
  • member of ficpi
  • basic litigation skills course, 2017

 

higher education

ma, msci (hons) physics and materials sciences, university of cambridge, 2003

masters project: “high aspect ratio piezoelectric strontium-bismuth-tantalate nanotubes”, journal of physics: condensed matter, 15 (2003), l527-l532.

 

other

laura was singled out in the 2018 edition of the legal 500 directory for her work with isansys lifecare regarding the granting of a patent for its wireless cardiac monitoring device ‘lifetouch sensor’. she was also listed as a “key lawyer” of the firm in the legal 500 2022 edition.

 

watch the short video below on the advantages that conceptomed, a norwegian company, experienced working with laura and using a uk patent attorney.

Louise Golding

chemical View profile partner louise golding

background

louise joined dehns in 1990 after graduating from the university of oxford where she obtained an honours degree in natural sciences (chemistry). her studies at oxford included a year’s research in quantum physics. louise became a partner in 2002 and head of the chemical group in 2020.

 

type of clients and client work

louise handles patent work in all areas of chemistry including pharmaceuticals, medical methods and devices, nutraceuticals, oil and gas technology, and polymers. her clients range from universities and start-ups to multi-national corporations. she has many long term clients in scandinavia, in particular in norway.

 

expertise

louise has considerable experience in patent drafting for a number of direct clients and routinely provides advice on ip strategy. she also has many years of experience in handling worldwide prosecution of patents in a diverse range of chemical fields, but especially in the area of pharmaceuticals. for several clients her work also involves the preparation of due diligence reports for potential investors and providing advice on freedom-to-operate issues.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk chartered patent attorney, 1995
  • european patent attorney, 1995
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys
  • member of the european patent institute
  • certificate in ip law, queen mary college, university of london
  • basic litigation skills course, 2017

 

higher education

ma, natural sciences (chemistry), university of oxford, 1990

 

other

louise was mentioned in the legal 500 2022 edition.

Marcus Grunert

engineering, trade marks, designs View profile partner marcus grunert

background

marcus is a german and european patent attorney, and also a european trade mark and design attorney. he began his legal career in 1990, working as patent counsel in the ip department of linde, the now american-german multinational gas and chemicals company. his practice covers all areas of patent and trade mark law.

after qualifying as a european and german patent attorney at a mid-size law firm, marcus co-founded kudlek grunert & partner, a german firm of patent and trade mark attorneys, in 2000, and joined dehns as a partner following the merger of the two firms in 2021.

 

type of clients and client work

marcus drafts and prosecutes patent applications before the epo and the german patent and trademark office, as well as providing expert opinions and advice on patents, utility models, trade marks, copyright and designs. he advises on ip strategy and due diligence, in addition to litigation and arbitration. he also has significant expertise in the fields of employee invention law and computer implemented inventions.

marcus works with clients of all size, from local and domestic smes in munich and germany, to multinationals in germany, the us, china and japan.

 

expertise

marcus’ experience includes automotive technology, optics and microscopy, energy generation, heat exchangers and methods of joining and coating material, software applications, and medical technology.

he also has extensive knowledge in the fields of licensing, employee invention law and software inventions.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • german patent attorney, 1998
  • european patent attorney, 1995
  • european trade mark and design attorney, 1998
  • chamber of german patent attorneys
  • european patent institute
  • international federation of intellectual property attorneys
  • german association for the protection of intellectual property
  • association of intellectual property experts (vpp)
  • licensing executives society (les)

 

higher education

dipl. phys (physics diploma/degree) – ludwig-maximilians university, munich, 1990

  • core topics: biophysics, laser physics and superconductivity
  • diploma thesis in the field of medical optics

 

other

marcus is fluent in german and english and has good knowledge of french and spanish.

 

Matthew Hall

engineering View profile partner matthew hall

background

matt is a uk registered patent attorney and a european patent attorney.

having graduated from the university of oxford with a ba (hons) in metallurgy and science of materials, and with an msc in the management of intellectual property from queen mary college, university of london, matt joined dehns in 1992 and became a partner in 2007. he handles patent work in a variety of engineering fields and also advises on registered designs and unregistered design rights for a wide range of client products.

 

type of clients and client work

matt has extensive experience in protecting inventions for private individuals and small enterprises. he has been a regular advisor to startup companies at the oslo innovation centre and has assisted oxford university with several spin-outs and projects. his practice includes a wide collection of small enterprises, as well as working for a number of large multi-national corporations in a variety of industry sectors. he has extensive experience in drafting and prosecuting patent applications, and is regularly involved in oppositions and appeals. he also regularly advises on infringement and validity situations, is involved in due diligence and freedom to operate analysis and reports during company acquisitions, as well as advising clients in relation to patent and design landscapes. he works with clients who just need a reliable pair of hands for filing and prosecution through to clients who need a fully-involved hands-on approach to developing their ip protection and commercially exploiting their products in active markets.

 

expertise

matt handles a wide range of patent and design work across various engineering sectors including the fields of construction, automotive, oil/gas, robotic warehousing, safety equipment, finance, lighting, entertainment, and medical devices. much of his work is in the aeronautical industry in relation to gas turbine engines, landing gear, braking systems, fuselage, aircraft control systems actuators, as well as aircraft materials. his expertise in materials includes composite materials and fittings for composite members, nano-particle and graphene based developments, films and surface coatings, laser modified materials, new alloys and thermal barrier coatings. a substantial part of his work also concerns automated warehousing systems and robotic devices for use in the construction industry, gas cut-off valves, medical devices, riser and drilling systems, surface technologies and coatings, land and water-based vehicle developments, laser devices and laser-fabricated products, display systems, as well as linkage and gear systems.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk registered patent attorney, 1997
  • european patent attorney, 1997
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys

 

higher education

ba hons, university of oxford, metallurgy and science of materials, 1991

msc, university of london, management of intellectual property, 1992

 

other

matt was mentioned in the 2020 edition of the legal 500 as a “key lawyer” of the firm.

Moritz Frommberger

biotechnology, chemical, trade marks View profile partner moritz frommberger

background

after several years of post-doctorate work in analytical chemistry, moritz began his training as a patent attorney in 2008. he became a german patent attorney and european trade mark and design attorney in 2011 and a european patent attorney in 2012. he is a partner in dehns.

 

type of clients and client work

the majority of moritz’ clients are multinational corporations and small/medium sized companies. he advises on all aspects of the patent process, including drafting applications, prosecution in multiple jurisdictions, post-grant proceedings and patent infringement and enforcement matters. an important part of his work includes performing and evaluating patent searches and providing opinions on patentability and freedom to operate.

moritz has significant experience acting on behalf of clients in oral proceedings before the german patent and trade mark office, the german federal patent court, german infringement courts and the european patent office.

 

expertise

moritz works in a broad range of technical fields with a focus on chemical engineering and analytic devices. his expertise includes oil and gas processing such as thermal and catalytic cracking, new synthesis pathways based on oxidative catalytic processes, air separation technology, mass spectrometry, proteomics and microscopy. he also works in the fields of food processing and analysis and agriculture including chemical and mechanical plant protection.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • german patent attorney, 2011
  • european trade mark and design attorney, 2011
  • european patent attorney, 2012
  • chamber of german patent attorneys
  • european patent institute
  • international federation of intellectual property attorneys

 

higher education

dr. rer. nat (phd), technische universität münchen, 2005, with a doctoral thesis on capillary separation techniques coupled to mass spectrometry for complex samples.

dipl.-biol. (msc in biology), technische universität münchen, 2002, with a thesis on nutritional biochemistry of cellulose-digesting arthropods.

 

other

during and after his phd, moritz worked as a researcher at helmholtz zentrum münchen in the field of high-performance separation technology and ultrahigh resolution mass spectrometry. he (co)authored approximately 40 peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals and textbooks.

moritz is fluent in german and english.

Neil Campbell

chemical, dispute resolution View profile partner neil campbell

background

neil is a european and uk chartered patent attorney. he graduated with a first class honours degree from the university of oxford, in natural sciences (chemistry). his degree included a year of research in sugar chemistry. he joined dehns in 1995, was made a partner in 2003, and handles patent work in a wide range of chemical fields.

 

type of clients and client work

neil handles patent work for a variety of clients, from sole-inventors and small start-up companies to large multinational corporations. he provides patent drafting, filing, international prosecution and strategic ip portfolio advice. he is also a regular traveller to munich and the hague where he represents his clients before the opposition division and appeal board at the epo. neil regularly handles 10 to 15 such hearings every year.

 

expertise

neil handles work in various technical fields, with particular expertise in polymer chemistry, especially in polyethylene and polypropylene manufacture and formulation. he also has considerable experience in the drafting and prosecution of pharmaceutical patents. other fields in which neil works include: marine paints, chewing gum, graphene and nutraceuticals.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk chartered patent attorney, 1999
  • european patent attorney, 1999
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys
  • member of the european patent institute

 

higher education

ba (first class) university of oxford, natural sciences (chemistry), 1995

certificate in ip law, university of london, 1996

 

other

neil was recognised as a “patent star” in the 2020 and 2021 editions of managing intellectual property’s ip stars directory.

Paul Harris

dispute resolution View profile partner paul harris

background

paul is partner and head of litigation at dehns, having joined the firm in 2021. he has 38 years’ experience in handling intellectual property matters: both non-contentious and contentious. in relation to patents, he deals with a wide variety of technologies including complex chemical cases, electronics and mechanical patents.

for patent litigation, paul successfully defended black & decker in an action brought by electrolux, the outcome of which led to changes in the patents court guidelines on experiments and expert’s reports. he was also involved in the erythropoietin litigation (kirin amgen) and stent litigation (boston scientific). more recently, paul acted for the defendant in icescape v ice-world international: the first case to apply the doctrine of equivalence following actavis v eli lilly.

paul is also noted in trade mark matters (registered and unregistered), having successfully litigated the first case under the trade marks act 1994 (wagamama ltd v city centre restaurants plc). more recently, he was involved in the latest extended passing off case: fage v chobani, and again was successful when acting for stanley, black & decker in a trade mark infringement/jurisdictional battle involving a former distributor (the black & decker corporation v dvize).

he is also known for his confidential information practice and handled the dyson v strutt litigation, relating to misuse of confidential information, and the same litigation on important issues of costs. he also led the successful team in the first conference v bracchi case, which included executing an interlocutory search and seizure order against the defendant.

on the non-contentious side, paul’s skill and experience in analysing and solving strategic ip matters is called upon by many international clients. it ranges from trade mark problems and licensing strategies, to patent analysis and assessment. he has also been instrumental in the negotiation and preparation of international licensing arrangements for patents and trademarks, and has been involved in many non-contentious dealings including corporate support by way of due diligence relating to the sale of businesses and the licensing of the ip, preparation of multi-national licensing and cross-licensing arrangements (including co-existence agreements), and most notably the £2 billion sale to du pont of ici’s film business. paul has also overseen programmes for the registration of trademarks in many overseas jurisdictions. he also deals with the copyright and design right field, and has acted for a management buy-out team in relation to computer software and computer hardware.

paul has lectured on both patents and trade marks, as well as confidential information. he is well-known domestically and internationally and has been invited to speak at international conferences as far afield as bulgaria, egypt, the uk and usa. he has also had the privilege of teaching aspects of trade mark law on the intellectual property diploma course at the university of oxford, since 1995. he has written many articles over the years, particularly on patent and trade mark issues.

 

representative matters

  • horsham nutraceuticals ltd & anor v manna pro products llc [2019] ewhc 1935 (ch)
  • icescape ltd v ice-world international bv and ors [2017] ewhc 42 (pat), and [2018] ewca civ 2219 – patent validity and infringement decisions in which the court of appeal decided on the application of g2/98 same invention concerning priority date, and applied the doctrine of equivalence following the uk supreme court’s decision in actavis uk ltd v eli lilly & c0.
  • the black & decker corporation v dvize bv [2017] 3387 (ch)
  • icescape v ice-world international & ors [2017] ewhc 42 (pat)
  • fage uk ltd v chobani uk ltd [2014] ewca 5, and [2013] ewhc 3755 (ch) – extended passing off action relating to yogurt.
  • credit suisse v arabian aircraft & equipment leasing co [2013] ewca civ 1169 on appeal from ec (2013) – ltl qbd (comm) (judge mackie qc) 24/04/2013 2013 ewhc 1094 (comm) – summary judgment application concerning aircraft finance and lease back agreement, considering analogous nature of leases and mortgages, the court of appeal confirmed the claimant could not change their case based on a skeleton argument in the absence of first amending their pleadings.
  • dyno holdings ltd & anor v dialarod home cover & ors [2013] ewpcc 8 – trade mark infringement
  • future publishing v edge interactive media – amendment to court order, february 2013
  • consumer focus tm – trade mark opposition – ukipo/decision: o-359-12
  • fage uk ltd & anor v chobani uk ltd & anor [2013] ewhc 630 (ch) – interim relief and permission for survey evidence, december 2012
  • first conferences services ltd v bracchi & ors [2009] ewhc 2176 (ch) – breach of confidence
  • schrieber tm – trade mark opposition – ukipo/decision: o-115-09
  • dyson technology ltd v strutt [2007] ewhc 1756 – costs orders
  • the black & decker corporation v ohim (joined cases t-239/05; t-240/05; t-245/05; t-247/05; t-255/05; t-274/05 – t-280/05; atlas copco ab ecli: eu: t: 2017)
  • dyson technology ltd v strutt [2005] ewhc 2814 (ch) – misuse of confidential information/restrictive covenant, november 2005
  • philips domestic appliances & personal care bv v salton europe ltd (part 20 claim v electrical & electronic ltd) – [2004] ewhc 2092 (ch) software in respect of coffee makers – this case has now become the leading authority on what constitutes “authorisation” of one entity by another to instigate infringement
  • yellow and black trade mark application in name of black & decker – appeal from tm registry, 2004
  • black & decker v. alm manufacturing – lawn edge trimmer technology, 2003
  • amey vectra ltd. v. vectra n. jones and others – misuse of confidential information, 2002
  • g.n.c. trade mark application vitality, 2000
  • e.r.a. technology v. a.e.a. technology – breach of fiduciary duty, copyright infringement, malicious falsehood, 1998
  • boston scientific v. johnson & johnson – stents (cardiography technology), 1997
  • route 66 & device in name of andre and mairade levy – trade mark opposition, 1997
  • electrolux northern v. black & decker – lawnmowers (suck and hover), 1996
  • wagamama v city centre restaurants plc [1995] fsr 713 (ch.d)
  • inadine tm [1992] rpc 421

 

memberships

  • international trademark association (inta), committee member
  • international association for the protection of intellectual property, uk council member
  • chartered institute of patent attorneys
  • chartered institute of trade mark attorneys
  • royal society of chemistry

 

other

paul has been regularly highlighted and acknowledged as a leading ip expert in various leading legal and ip directories. this has included:

  • wtr trademark 1000 – the world’s leading trade mark practitioners – 2021 & 2020
  • legal 500 uk (intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design) – 2021
  • managing intellectual property, ip stars – ranked in trade marks and patents – 2021, 2020 & 2019
  • iam patent 1000 (bronze) for patent litigation – 2020 & 2019
  • chambers uk 2019 (intellectual property) – 2019

“solicitor paul harris is a senior member of the litigation team, with the skill to take over and turn around cases in which adverse decisions have been handed down for other firms.” world trademark review 1000, 2021

‘all-sector solicitor paul harris is a “thoroughly straightforward person who manages to get right into the issues that need to be addressed – he responds quickly, works within budgets and is always easy to understand”.’ client testimonial, iam patent 1000 (bronze) for patent litigation – 2020

Phil Jeffrey

engineering View profile partner phil jeffrey

background

phil is a chartered uk patent attorney and european patent attorney with a first class honours degree in physics and a phd in laser physics and photorefractive materials. he joined dehns in 1994 and became a partner in 2002.

 

expertise

phil is an experienced patent attorney with technical expertise across a wide range of high-technology physics and engineering fields including photonics, optoelectronics, mass spectrometry, oil drilling and exploration, medical devices, artificial intelligence (a.i.), nanotechnology, holography, lasers, optical devices, smartphones, optical communication systems, immunoassays, imaging apparatus and endoscopes.

phil acts for several major us and asian corporations including waters corporation, micromass, baker hughes incorporated, xiaomi and fuijfilm. he regularly provides detailed patentability, infringement, validity, due diligence and other strategic advice and analysis to both large corporations as well as smes. phil is a patent drafting, patent prosecution and registered designs expert and has a very high uk, epo and us patent allowance rate.

phil enjoys helping companies manage ip assets to help create and extract value and to adopt a more open model of innovation including licensing-in technologies from others and licensing-out technologies to others.

phil is recognised as being particularly experienced in ip strategy (see ‘other’ section below), ip management and enjoys helping start-ups and smes develop and execute an ip strategy which seeks to increase vc investability. phil also helps start-ups and smes with vc funding rounds and advises companies during secondary buyouts.

in addition to extensive uk and epo drafting and patent prosecution experience, he has experience in uk revocation and post-grant proceedings and in epo opposition and appeal hearings. he is experienced at effectively prosecuting us patent applications including us examiner interviews.

phil is a member of dehns’ management board and is dehns’ business development partner. phil regularly visits the us, japan and china and is a sub-4 hour marathon runner.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk registered patent attorney, 1999
  • professional representative before euipo, 1999
  • european patent attorney, 1998
  • certificate in ip law, university of london, 1995
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys
  • european patent institute

 

higher education

phd, southampton university, “holographic information processing”, 1994

bsc hons (first class), southampton university, physics, 1991

publications:

“uk patent box proposals”, intellectual property magazine, june 2010. click here to read article.

presentations:

“evolution of ip practices and the emergence of new business models for ip firms” mip global ip & innovation summit, shanghai, 3 september 2014

“uk and european ip developments”, houston intellectual property law association annual conference, houston, september 2013

“recent developments in european practice”, houston intellectual property law association annual conference, houston, october 2012

 

other

phil was recognised in the 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 editions of iam strategy 300 – the world’s leading ip strategists, which identifies those “shown to possess world-class skills in the development and roll-out of strategies that maximise the value of patents, copyright, trademarks and other ip rights”. he was also recommended in the 2020 edition of the legal 500 directory.

Philip Towler

chemical, trade marks View profile partner philip towler

background

philip is a uk and european patent attorney and a uk chartered trade mark attorney. he is a graduate of the university of oxford, where he obtained an honours degree in natural sciences (chemistry). he joined the firm in 1988 and became a partner in 1998.

 

type of clients and client work

philip acts for a variety of clients from start-ups and smes to multi-national corporates. he handles patent work in all areas of chemistry, including pharmaceuticals, polymers, chemical processing and manufacture, chemical engineering, pigments, electronic materials, food & beverages and surface coatings. he also maintains a thriving trade mark practice with clients inter alia in the packaging, medical, chemical, automotive, building, financial and computing/software sectors.

 

expertise

he has substantial experience in representing clients in all kinds of contentious and non-contentious proceedings relating to both patents and trade marks at the uk ip office, the european patent office (epo) and the european union ip office (euipo). in particular, he has acted for clients in many contested opposition and appeal proceedings at the epo.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • european patent attorney, 1993
  • uk chartered patent attorney, 1994
  • uk chartered trade mark attorney, 1994
  • certificate in intellectual property law, queen mary college, university of london
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys
  • chartered institute of trade mark attorneys
  • european community trademark association
  • international trademark association
  • basic litigation skills course, 2017

 

higher education

ma, natural sciences (chemistry), university of oxford, 1988

his studies at oxford included a year’s research into laser-induced ultrafast electron spin resonance techniques.

 

other

philip has given public presentations to various forums in relation to both patent and trade mark matters.

he has also been recognised as a “global ip star” in the managing intellectual property ip stars 2018 edition and as a “patent star” in the 20192020 and 2021 editions.

philip was recommended in the 2017 and 2018 editions of the legal 500 directory. he was also highlighted as a “key lawyer” in the legal 500 2022 edition.

Philip Webber

biotechnology View profile partner philip webber

background

after obtaining a degree in natural sciences (genetics) from cambridge university and a phd in molecular biology from warwick university, philip joined dehns in 1992. he is a qualified uk and european patent attorney, and a partner in dehns’ biotechnology and life sciences group.

 

type of clients and client work

philip’s work is largely with start-ups, small/medium size companies and universities with inventions in the pharmaceutical or biotechnological fields. he has over 25 years’ experience in dealing with the issues which are important to such entities, such as the financial constraints of start-ups, the need to develop ip strategies for a company’s products and the pressures upon academics to publish their work.

philip’s work involves writing and filing patent applications, and getting them granted for his clients all around the world. he has particular expertise in obtaining european patents (including dealing with epo opposition and appeal procedures) and us patents. he also provides advice on ip landscapes and freedom to operate (fto) advice on competitors’ patents.

 

expertise

using his background in molecular biology, philip deals with patents and formulates ip strategies in all pharmaceutical and biotechnological fields, including recombinant dna and protein products, antibodies, biosimilars, transgenic plants and animals, bioinformatics, stem cells, biofuels, diagnostics assays, therapeutic treatments, virology and vaccines.

he has particular expertise in antibody patents having worked one day/week as an “in-house” patent attorney with a therapeutic antibody company for 2 years. during that time, he helped to develop their world-wide ip strategy for protecting their newly-developed targets, monoclonals and adcs.

philip also worked one day/month for 2 years as an “in-house” patent attorney with another of his clients, a biofuels company which uses advanced fermentation technology to produce biobutanol. his close relationship with them allowed him to understand their commercial strategy better, and to ensure that the patent applications that he wrote for them satisfied the requirements of that commercial strategy.

more recently, he has been involved in the patenting of a number of crispr/cas9-based inventions and recombinant vaccines.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • european patent attorney, 1997
  • uk chartered patent attorney, 2001
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys (cipa)
  • cipa life sciences committee member, 2001-2016
  • member of the european patent institute (epi)
  • basic litigation skills course, 2017

 

higher education

ma, natural sciences (genetics), university of cambridge (uk), 1988

phd, molecular biology, warwick university (uk), 1992

certificate in intellectual property law, queen mary college, london, 1993

 

other

in 2018 philip provided a chapter for the highly acclaimed “gene editing and engineering” book, edited by krishnareo appasani. as one of the leading global patent experts in this field, philip was asked to write the chapter on “patenting of crispr-based inventions”.

philip was highlighted in the iam patent 1000: the world’s leading patent professionals 2019 edition: “philip webber specialises in helping small and medium-sized pharmaceutical enterprises get off the ground; his expertise extends to cutting-edge technologies, including crispr and recombinant vaccines.” he was also highlighted as a “genetics guru” in the iam patent 1000 2018 ranking tables. he was noted for understanding “the commercial realities of running a business as well as how to decode elaborate legal concepts for laypeople”. philip has also been listed in the 2018, 2019 and 2021 editions of who’s who legal: patents. philip was also named as a ”key figure” in the leaders league 2021 rankings of leading uk patent prosecution firms.

he was also mentioned in the 2020 edition of the legal 500 as a “key lawyer” of the firm.

philip was a member of the life sciences committee of the uk chartered institute of patent attorneys (cipa) from 2001-2016. his work on that committee included reviewing proposed changes to uk and epo patent legislation, and keeping uk patent attorneys updated on changes to biotech patent law and practice worldwide.

in the last 15 years, he has spoken at over 150 european and uk conferences (and on bbc radio) about the patenting of biotechnological inventions, and has published several papers in nature biotechnology and nature reviews, including the following:

webber, pm, “does crispr-cas open new possibilities for patents or present a moral maze?” nature biotechnology (2014), 32:4, 331-333

webber, pm, “protecting your inventions: the patent system” nature reviews drug discovery (2003), 2:10, 823-830

webber, pm, “patent primer: priority applications” nature reviews drug discovery (2005), 4, 877

webber, pm, “patenting of micro-organisms” nature reviews drug discovery (2006), 5, 13

webber, pm, “patenting antibodies” nature reviews drug discovery (2006), 5, 97

 

recent presentations

philip delivered a lecture at the university of oxford on the basics of intellectual property, different types of ip and why it is important for any business. click here to view it.

“crispr ip: update on the patent wars” (genome editing 2020 meeting, 12th march 2020, st. edmund college, oxford, uk).

“patenting your inventions” (medici enterprise training programme, 16th january 2020, birmingham university, uk).

“patenting biotech inventions” (biotechnology for non-biotechnologists conference, 25th-27th september 2019, london, uk).

 

watch the short video below on how philip assisted green biologics in using their ip to leverage finance, after drafting and filing their first patent applications relating to the genetic engineering of bacteria to make butanol.

Rebecca Gardner

biotechnology View profile partner rebecca gardner

background

rebecca joined the firm in 1994, having graduated with an honours degree in biochemistry from bristol university, and became a partner in 2002.

 

type of clients and client work

rebecca’s practice is focused on portfolio development for sme’s, drafting and prosecuting their patent applications as well as advising on related transactions and commercial strategy. she also handles contentious matters, defending granted rights in epo proceedings and advising on infringement of those patents; on the other side of the fence, she advises on the monitoring and impact on her clients’ activities of third party rights.

experience obtained through worldwide prosecution of numerous patent families enables rebecca to advise in filing and examination strategies and draft specifications with multiple jurisdictions in mind.

 

expertise

rebecca has been involved with innovations in the fields of pharmaceutical and veterinary science, agroscience, human and animal nutrition, cosmetics, microbiology and virology and research and analytical tools. more specifically, she has drafted and prosecuted patent applications for newly identified genes and proteins, for techniques of nucleic acid isolation, manipulation and characterisation, to novel medical uses of known compounds and developments in disease diagnosis, to wood preservative formulations, therapeutically relevant peptides, genetically modified microorganisms and modified viruses and stem cell technology.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys
  • european patent institute
  • aippi
  • director of pamia
  • certificate in ip law, queen mary college, university of london

 

higher education

bsc hons, bristol university, biochemistry including options in molecular genetics and physiology, 1993

 

other

rebecca was mentioned in the 2020 edition of the legal 500 as a “key lawyer” of the firm.

rebecca often receives high praise from her clients, such as the comment below from one of her norwegian clients:

“dear rebecca,

again, thank you for your enthusiasm, comments and swift service during our finalizing discussions regarding (company x). i believe those last ‘turns’ in the discussion improved the final outcome quite a lot.”

Robert Jackson

engineering, dispute resolution View profile partner robert jackson

background

rob is a uk chartered patent attorney, a european patent attorney and patent attorney litigator.

having graduated from the university of durham with a bsc in physics, rob joined dehns in 1990 and became a partner in 2001. he handles patent work in a variety of engineering fields as well as design and industrial copyright matters.

in addition to his physics degree, rob also holds the certificate in intellectual property law from queen mary college, university of london, and the degree of master of laws and a postgraduate certificate in patent litigation, both from nottingham law school.

 

type of clients and client work

rob handles patent work for clients ranging from individuals and small start-up companies to major multinationals. a large proportion of this work is original patent drafting and advice work for direct clients in the uk, the us and scandinavia.

he also handles patent and design enforcement matters, including litigation in the patents court, ip enterprise court and court of appeal, as well as the opposition divisions and boards of appeal of the european patent office.

 

technical expertise

rob’s experience covers a diverse range of technical fields, ranging from medical devices to petroleum engineering, the beverage industry, civil engineering and computer security, oil exploration and offshore wind turbines and ultrasound.

he also deals with patent applications in the business/banking sector and has drafted patents for specialist energy trading systems.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • certificate in ip law, queen mary college, university of london 1991
  • uk chartered patent attorney, 1995
  • european patent attorney 1995
  • patent attorney litigator and commissioner for oaths 2008
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys
  • member of european patent institute
  • member of the american intellectual property lawyers association

 

higher education

llm (2003) and post-graduate certificate (2004), intellectual property litigation, nottingham law school

bsc, physics, university of durham, 1990

 

other

rob was recently highlighted as a “key lawyer” in the legal 500 2022 edition. he has previously been highlighted as a “notable experienced patent attorney” in the mip ip stars 2019 legal directory.

rob is a long-standing member of the cipa council and member of the media and public relations committee. in his former role of chairman of that committee, he had extensive experience of speaking on ip matters to the media.

rob is often approached to comment on industry issues and has been interviewed on various broadcasting channels such as bbc1, itv, channel 5, radio 4 and radio 5. he has also been quoted in the broadsheet newspapers including the times, the telegraph, the guardian and the financial times as well as numerous trade and industry publications.

he attends the aipla global congress in the us every year.

Roberto Calamita

chemical, trade marks, dispute resolution View profile partner roberto calamita

background

roberto joined dehns in 1985 and was made a partner in 1996. he is a uk chartered trade mark attorney and is also a uk chartered and european patent attorney. roberto is a graduate of the university of oxford where he obtained an honours degree in natural sciences (chemistry).

 

type of clients and client work

roberto has more than 30 years patent and trade mark experience and has worked for a wide range of clients, from start-ups and smes through to blue chip global brands.

in relation to trade mark clients, roberto has specialised in devising and developing trade mark strategies for companies in the early stage of expansion. this has included creating and implementing global protection strategies based on the likely development of a business with a 10-15yr projection, and supporting organisations with overseas expansion to protect their brand both in and out of court.

roberto recently won a significant trade mark battle on behalf of a food sector client at the general court of the cjeu, highlighting his ability to advise on strategically important cases for major global brands. click here for further information on this case.

 

expertise

with substantial trade mark experience, especially in contentious matters, roberto has a diverse client base covering a range of commercial areas, including food and beverage, chemistry, pharmaceuticals, engineering, lighting, clothing and fashion, publishing and media, telecommunications and financial services.

in relation to patent matters, roberto prosecutes patent applications in all areas of chemistry, and with particular emphasis on materials, polymers and alloys. roberto has significant experience in relation to patent prosecution and opposition proceedings before the european patent office.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • european patent attorney, 1991
  • uk chartered trade mark attorney, 1991
  • uk chartered patent attorney, 1992
  • certificate in intellectual property law (distinction) from queen mary college, university of london, 1987
  • chartered institute of trade mark attorneys
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys
  • european community trademark association
  • international trademark association

 

higher education

ma, oxford university, natural sciences (chemistry), 1985

 

other

roberto is regularly listed in the main legal and ip directories for his work. most recently, he was mentioned in the 2021 world trademark review’s annual “world’s leading trademark professionals” publication: “roberto calamita captains the group with poise, while serving as a vital partner to one of the world’s best-known food sector companies, whose lucrative uk and global growth strategy he has helped to guide for nearly 20 years“. roberto has also been included in managing ip – ip stars 2017 and in the 2017 edition of the legal 500 where he was described as: “an expert on spin-offs and smes who regularly advises pret a manger on its ongoing international expansion.

most recently, roberto was named as a “key lawyer” in the 2022 edition of the legal 500, one of the leading legal directories in the uk. he was also named as a ”key figure” in the leaders league 2021 rankings of leading uk trademark prosecution firms.

Stephen Gardiner

engineering, designs View profile partner stephen gardiner

background

stephen is a qualified uk and european patent attorney. he joined dehns in 2001 after graduating with a masters degree in physics from the university of oxford and became an associate of the firm in 2008, senior associate in 2018 and partner in 2020.

 

type of clients and client work

stephen acts for clients of all sizes, ranging from the individuals, through small and medium sized companies up to multinationals and he is mindful of the differing needs of these clients, in particular for smaller clients, fitting ip into a cost-effective strategy for growth. stephen acts for a number of uk and norwegian companies, including start-ups and ttos.

this work includes drafting and filing new patent applications and prosecuting them through to grant. he has experience in handling international patent portfolios for clients in the uk and europe, providing advice on patenting strategy as well as providing infringement and validity opinions.

he also handles registered design work, including advising on filing strategies and then filing applications in the uk and europe as well as other countries around the world.

on the contentious side, stephen has been involved in a number of opposition and appeal proceedings at the european patent office and have also been involved in ip disputes involving patents, registered designs, unregistered design right and copyright, including taking part in mediation.

 

expertise

stephen handles work in various physics, engineering and computer related fields including electronic and medical devices, signal processing, software, ventilation equipment, renewable energy sources, fuel cells, gas turbines and various automotive and construction technologies.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk chartered patent attorney, 2007
  • european patent attorney, 2007
  • certificate in ip law, university of london, 2002
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys
  • member of the european patent institute
  • basic litigation skills course, 2017

 

higher education

mphys, university of oxford, physics, 2001

 

other

publications:

‘is it patently obvious?’, financial times, may 2014.

‘patent court decision clarifies mental act patentability exclusion’, world intellectual property report, december 2011.

‘quicker trials at lower cost’, sme web, december 2010.

‘no more need to fear patent court costs’, fresh business thinking, november 2010.

‘bringing down the cost of justice’, growth business, october 2010.

Thomas Kudlek

engineering, trade marks, designs, dispute resolution View profile partner thomas kudlek

background

thomas became a patentanwalt (german patent attorney) in 1995 after working for a munich based german law firm, and qualified as a european patent attorney in 1997. he is also a european trade mark and design attorney.

thomas co-founded kudlek, grunert & partner, a german firm of patent and trade mark attorneys, and joined dehns as a partner following the merger of the two firms in 2021 .

his patent work includes mechanical engineering, optics and electrical engineering.


type of clients and client work

thomas’ practice involves all aspects of patent, designs and trade mark law: drafting, filing and prosecuting german and european patent applications, dealing with oppositions and appeals, and registering trade marks and designs. thomas also has in depth expertise in copyright and domain names.

thomas also has expertise in the field of patent litigation and arbitration, and advises in relation to infringement and validity of german patents, whether obtained nationally or at the epo. he also advises on ip strategy and provides advice on due diligence.

most of his clients are large multinationals, including those based in asia, but he also has a number of smaller clients based in germany with whom he enjoys helping expand internationally.


expertise

thomas has technical expertise in fields such as mechanical engineering, automotive technology, electrical engineering optics and photonics. in particular, he has extensive knowledge of automotive technology, especially in automobile body and interior technology, common rail technology and hybrid systems.


qualifications and memberships

  • german patent attorney, 1995
  • european patent attorney, 1997
  • european trade mark and design attorney
  • chamber of german patent attorneys
  • european patent institute
  • international federation of intellectual property attorneys
  • international trade mark association
  • european communities trademark association


higher education

  • scholarship at the agricultural university of wageningen, the netherlands, 1996
  • dipl.phys – ludwig-maximilians university, munich, 1990 (core subjects: solid state physics, laser physics and optics diploma thesis in the field of solid state physics)


other

thomas speaks german, english and french.

thomas has been named as one of ‘germany’s best lawyers’ for patent law in an exclusive ranking published by the handelsblatt in june 2021.

Tim Wilson

engineering, dispute resolution View profile partner tim wilson

background

after graduating with a degree in mathematics from the university of oxford in 2001, tim spent five years working for sharp corporation, inventing new technologies for the consumer-electronics market, before joining dehns in 2006 to train as a patent attorney. he is a european and uk chartered patent attorney and primarily works in the fields of computer systems, electronics and signal processing. tim was made partner in 2018.

 

type of clients and client work

tim acts for clients of all sizes, ranging from individual inventors to multinationals, but has a particular interest in helping small and medium-sized technology companies. he works closely with several uk and scandinavian start-up companies, not only drafting new patent applications but also providing strategic advice on building and exploiting an effective patent portfolio. he is sensitive to the cost constraints faced by early-stage businesses.

 

expertise

he works in the fields of computer systems, software, electronics, signal processing medical technology and mechanical engineering. with a strong background in mathematics, he is especially well equipped to handle highly-mathematical inventions in areas such as cryptography, statistics, artificial intelligence and signal processing. in addition to drafting new patent applications, he has considerable experience in seeing patent applications through to grant before patent offices around the world, as well as advising on questions of infringement and validity. he also handles patent oppositions at the european patent office, and has been involved in patent litigation in both the united kingdom and the united states.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk chartered patent attorney, 2010
  • european patent attorney, 2010
  • intellectual property law post-graduate certificate, brunel university, 2007
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys
  • member of the european patent institute
  • basic litigation skills course, 2017

 

higher education

mmath (hons), master of mathematics, university of oxford, 2001

 

other

tim was mentioned in the 2020, 2021 and 2022 editions of the legal 500 as a “key lawyer”.

publications:

“fitting yield curves with long term constraints”, smith, a. & wilson, t., research notes, bacon and woodrow, 2001.

“specifications for electronically enabled passports with biometric identification capability”, international civil aviation authority document 9303, part 1, volume 2.

“the european application home alliance (teaha) architecture”, ec community research and development information service (cordis), june 2006.

Senior Associate

Andreas Senft

engineering, trade marks View profile senior_associate andreas senft

background

after obtaining his degree in physics from technical university in munich, andreas worked as development engineer for an automotive manufacturer (bmw group). he then started training as a patent attorney in 2013 and qualified as a german patent attorney and european trade mark and design attorney in 2016 and as a european patent attorney in 2017.

 

type of clients and client work

andreas drafts and prosecutes patent applications before the epo and the german patent and trademark office in english and german language, incl. oral proceedings. he provides expert opinions, fto advice, validity and infringement assessments, in addition to having experience in opposition and appeal proceedings. andreas also provides advice on utility model, trade mark and design matters.

andreas works with clients of all size, from individual inventors, start-ups, local and domestic smes in germany, to multinationals in germany, the us and china.

 

expertise

andreas’ knowledge and experience covers control engineering, process technology, automation technology, hydraulic technology, elevator technology, semi-conductor technology, optics, microscopy, medical technology, oct, renewable energy and automotive technology, in particular data communication, vehicle electronics, electrical and hybrid driving. andreas also has experience in general physics, mechanics, electronics, software, simulation and ai related aspects.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • german patent attorney, 2016
  • european patent attorney, 2017
  • european trade mark and design attorney, 2016
  • chamber of german patent attorneys
  • european patent institute
  • international federation of intellectual property attorneys
  • german physical society (dpg)

 

higher education

dipl.-phys. univ. – diploma (equivalent to msc) in physics, technical university of munich (tum), 2011

  • topics: nuclear and particle physics, quantum mechanics, condensed matter physics, scattering theory
  • diploma thesis: setup and implementation of an experiment to test a superconducting coil

ll.m. – master’s degree in european intellectual property law, fernuniversität in hagen, 2021

  • topics: de, fr and uk national law (patent infringement), private international law
  • master’s thesis: requirement of a reform of the injunctive relief in german patent law

 

other

andreas is fluent in german and english

Antony Gallafent

engineering, trade marks View profile senior_associate antony gallafent

background

after graduating from the university of birmingham with a degree in civil engineering antony worked as a civil engineer for two years. antony then joined the intellectual property profession in 1990 and he worked for a range of intellectual property companies before joining dehns in 2020.

 

type of clients and client work

antony works for clients ranging from individuals up to multinational companies, as well as overseas patent and trade mark attorneys. antony has extensive experience drafting and prosecuting patent, trade mark and design applications in the uk intellectual property office, patent applications in the european patent office and world intellectual property organisation, and trade mark and design applications in the eu intellectual property office. antony also advises on infringement and validity of patents, trade marks (registered and unregistered), and designs (registered and unregistered).

 

expertise

antony is experienced in handling patent work in a wide range of fields including automotive and aeronautical engineering, domestic appliances, mechanical devices and apparatus, and anti-corrosion coatings. he handles trade marks in connection with all industries and individuals in areas including identification and protection of trademarks, provision of freedom to operate advice, and the development of trade mark strategy both generally and in connection with the achievement of predetermined goals.

in connection with designs, antony is experienced in connection with all industry sectors and advises in connection with freedom to operate, use of registered designs and other intellectual property to keep manufactures in supply chains, and the use of registered designs and other intellectual property in connection with electronic market places.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • certificate in ip law, queen mary college, university of london 1991
  • european patent attorney 1996
  • uk chartered trade mark attorney, 1997
  • member of the chartered institute of patent attorneys
  • member of the chartered institute of trade mark attorneys
  • member of european patent institute

 

higher education

beng university of birmingham 1988

Christopher Wilkins

biotechnology View profile senior_associate christopher wilkins

background

christopher is a european and chartered uk patent attorney. he joined dehns in 2007 after completing an honours degree in molecular biology and biochemistry from durham university and a phd and research fellowship in plant molecular biology at cambridge university. he became an associate of the firm in 2013 and then senior associate in 2019.

 

type of clients and client work

clients include both large multinational companies and smes with various sizes of patent portfolios, and work includes evaluating inventions for patentability, drafting patent specifications and all aspects of patent prosecution, including worldwide prosecution of patent families. christopher also provides advice on infringement and validity, opposition of granted patents and assistance with the development and management of patent portfolios.

 

expertise

his work covers a wide range of biotechnology, medical and cosmetic fields. for instance, he has handled applications relating to: antibodies; artificial immune systems; pharmaceuticals, including peptide and protein based drugs; new medical uses of known biomolecules; virology and vaccination; newly identified genes and proteins and isolation methods; analyte detection methods and systems; genetically modified plants, animals and microorganisms; diagnostic assays; cosmetics; array technology; biofuel production; nucleic acid sequencing, amplification and identification; and molecular biology techniques.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk chartered patent attorney, 2011
  • european patent attorney, 2011
  • certificate in ip law, university of london, 2009
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys
  • member of the european patent institute
  • member of the royal society of biology
  • basic litigation skills course

 

higher education

bsc hons molecular biology and biochemistry, university of durham, 2000

phd, plant molecular biology, university of cambridge, 2004

christopher was awarded his phd in 2004 for research into the perception of the plant hormone cytokinin, and continued his research in this field as the ‘william colton fellow’ at queens’ college, cambridge university. during his fellowship he devoted a considerable amount of time to teaching, which included a lecture series in plant and microbial sciences for 2nd year undergraduates, as well as supervising undergraduate tutorial groups.

 

other

christopher frequently writes on the ip industry and the life sciences sector; see below for his articles.

Daniel Rowe

biotechnology View profile senior_associate daniel rowe

background

dan is a european and chartered uk patent attorney. he joined dehns in 2001 after completing a bsc and then a phd, both from the university of bristol. he became an associate of the firm in 2008 and senior associate in 2018.

 

type of clients and client work

dan’s clients range from small biotech start-ups and university spin-outs/technology transfer offices to multinational biotech/pharma corporations, with particular experience assisting uk, us and scandinavian start-ups protect and exploit their ip and assess their freedom to operate in their chosen fields.

his work includes the drafting and prosecution of patent applications and the opposition of patents (offensive and defensive), including appeal work. dan provides straightforward, business-oriented advice to clients on all aspects of patent law in this technical area, including patentability, infringement and validity analyses and commercially-focused assistance with the cost-effective development and management of global patent portfolios.

 

expertise

his subject matter expertise covers the full spectrum of industrial and medical biotechnology. within the health sector, he has a particular focus on molecular medicine; molecular diagnostics, biomarkers and personalised medicine; pharmaceuticals (human and veterinary); medical devices; advanced drug delivery; and wound healing products. his industrial practice has a particular focus on protein purification from blood products and advanced cell-factories for the industrial production of proteins. dan also handles cases directed to microbiological and non-microbiological processes for the production of poly/oligosaccharides and engineered enzymes for removing contaminating nucleic acids from solutions.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk chartered patent attorney, 2006
  • european patent attorney, 2006
  • certificate in ip law, university of london, 2003
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys
  • member of the european patent institute
  • basic litigation skills course, 2017

 

higher education

bsc (hons) (first class), biochemistry, university of bristol, 1998

phd “the intracellular mechanisms of thapsigargin-induced inhibition of human vascular smooth muscle cell proliferation”, university of bristol, 2001

 

other

dan was recognised as a “rising star” in the 2018 edition of managing intellectual property’s ip stars publication.

dan frequently writes on the ip industry and the life sciences sector; see below for his articles.

Greg Iceton

engineering, trade marks, designs View profile senior_associate greg iceton

background

greg joined the firm as a technical assistant in 2007, shortly after graduating from keele university with a degree in physics with astrophysics, and he is based in our munich office. greg is a fully qualified european and uk chartered patent attorney. he is also a european trade mark attorney.

greg became senior associate in 2019.

 

type of clients and client work

greg acts for many smes as well as large corporate clients. he also works closely with many associates abroad to ensure that his clients get the best possible protection in other jurisdictions. greg regularly attends hearings and events at the epo.

 

expertise

he prosecutes patent and design applications in various fields including ict, electrical and mechanical engineering. greg also has experience in handling patent applications relating to business methods and software.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • european trade mark attorney, 2021
  • uk chartered patent attorney, 2013
  • european patent attorney, 2013
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys
  • member of the european patent institute
  • registered trade mark agent (ireland), 2021

 

higher education

bsc (hons) – physics with astrophysics, keele university, 2007

postgraduate certificate in ip law, queen mary university of london, 2009

Gregory Lees

engineering View profile senior_associate gregory lees

background

gregory joined the firm in 2010 after graduating from the university of oxford with a first-class honours degree in engineering science. he has studied a broad range of disciplines including mechanical, electrical, structural and fluid engineering.

during his final year at oxford gregory worked with the oxford institute of biomedical engineering as part of a team developing a collapsible cerebral stent for the treatment of brain aneurisms. gregory became a senior associate of the firm in 2020.

 

type of clients and client work

gregory has experience in drafting patents in a variety of fields, prosecuting such applications to grant before the uk and european patent offices, and handling international patent portfolios. he also files registered designs in the uk and europe, as well as providing strategic advice regarding the infringement and validity of patents and designs.

 

expertise

gregory handles patent work principally in the fields of engineering and software, including data processing, biometric analysis, medical devices, aerospace and automotive engineering, telecommunications, and refrigeration.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk chartered patent attorney, 2014
  • european patent attorney, 2014
  • certificate in ip law, brunel university, 2011
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys
  • european patent institute

 

higher education

meng (first class), university of oxford, engineering science, 2010

 

other

gregory has been nominated by his peers as one of the world’s leading patent practitioners in who’s who legal: patents 2016.

Jennifer Gordon

chemical View profile senior_associate jennifer gordon

background

jennifer is a european and uk chartered patent attorney. she joined dehns in 2008 after graduating from the university of edinburgh with a first class masters degree in chemistry and completing a phd, also at the university of edinburgh, in the field of ruthenium and osmium organometallic complexes.

jennifer became a senior associate of the firm in 2019.

 

type of clients and client work

jennifer represents clients ranging from sole-inventors and small companies to multinational corporations. a considerable proportion of her work originates from clients in scandinavia. jennifer has experience in all aspects of patent work including drafting applications, prosecution of uk and european patent applications and can advise on issues such as worldwide filing strategies, patent enforcement and infringement and validity. she also manages the prosecution of international patent portfolios for her clients and regularly takes part in opposition and appeal proceedings before the european patent office.

 

expertise

jennifer handles work in a diverse range of chemical fields, with particular experience in polymer chemistry. in particular, she has considerable knowledge of inventions relating to the production and application of polyethylene and polypropylene. jennifer’s expertise also extends to technologies such as catalysts, petrochemicals, paints and pharmaceuticals.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • european patent attorney, 2012
  • uk registered patent attorney, 2012
  • certificate in ip law, brunel university, 2009
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys
  • member of european patent institute
  • member of the royal society of chemistry

 

higher education

phd, university of edinburgh, 2009

mchem (first class) university of edinburgh, chemistry, 2005

Jennifer Waters

engineering, dispute resolution View profile senior_associate jennifer waters

background

jennifer is a qualified uk and european patent attorney. she joined dehns in 2009 having graduated from oxford university with a first class master of engineering degree in materials science. jennifer was made an associate of the firm in 2014 and then senior associate in 2019.

 

type of clients and client work

jennifer acts for clients of a variety of sizes, from individual inventors, university spin-outs and smes all the way through to multinational corporations. she works with numerous norwegian based clients.

she has experience in drafting new patent applications, prosecuting these applications to grant before the uk and european patent offices, defending and filing epo oppositions, and also handling international patent portfolios.

jennifer has also been involved with litigation before ipec and in norway. jennifer also has extensive experience in providing strategic advice regarding the infringement and validity of patents.

 

expertise

jennifer’s work involves handling patents in a wide variety of engineering and materials fields, including: combustion engines, beverage dispensers, oil and gas extraction and processing technologies, electroosmotic materials, composites, super alloys and surface microstructures.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk chartered patent attorney, 2013
  • european patent attorney, 2013
  • certificate in ip law, brunel university, 2010
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys
  • member of the european patent institute

 

higher education

meng (first class) materials science, university of oxford, 2009

jennifer’s fourth year research project focused on glazing in water soluble polymer films used to encapsulate consumer products.

 

other

jennifer was recognised as a “rising star” in the 2019 and 2020 editions of managing intellectual property’s ip stars publication.

she was also nominated by her peers as one of the world’s leading patent practitioners in who’s who legal: patents 2016.

Mark Bell

engineering View profile senior_associate mark bell

background

mark is a qualified uk and european patent attorney. he joined dehns in 2007 having graduated from oxford university with a first class master of physics degree in 2003 and having completed a dphil in high energy particle physics, also at oxford university. he was made an associate of the firm in 2013 and senior associate in 2019.

 

type of clients and client work

mark acts for clients of a variety of sizes, from start-ups, university spin-outs and smes all the way through to multinational corporations, with a particular focus on small and medium sized technology companies for whom their patent portfolios are one of their major assets.

he has experience in drafting new patent applications, prosecuting these applications to grant before the uk and european patent offices, and also handling international patent portfolios. he also files registered designs in the uk and europe, as well as providing strategic advice regarding the infringement and validity of patents and designs.

 

expertise

mark’s work involves handling patents in a wide variety of high-tech engineering and physics fields, including: quantum computing, graphics processing, nuclear fusion, satellite technology, telecommunications, solid state lighting, pressure regulation, construction, water oxygenation, nuclear decommissioning and medical devices.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk chartered patent attorney, 2012
  • european patent attorney, 2011
  • certificate in ip law, brunel university, 2008
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys
  • member of the european patent institute
  • associate member of the institute of physics
  • basic litigation skills course, 2017

 

higher education

dphil, particle physics, university of oxford, 2007

mphys (first class) physics, university of oxford, 2003

mark’s dphil research involved studying the decay of sub-atomic particles (charm and beauty mesons decaying semi-leptonically to electrons) in the large scale zeus detector on the hera electron-proton accelerator at the desy laboratory in hamburg.

 

other

mark was recognised as a “rising star” in the 2018, 2019 and 2020 editions of managing intellectual property’s ip stars publication. he has also been recommended in the 2017 edition of the legal 500 directory, where he was singled out for his “ability to understand novel new physics related inventions and quickly transpose them into a clear and understandable documents, ready for patent filing”. mark was again singled out in the 2018 edition for his work with the us lighting products company cree on its european patent applications, and he has retained the position of “key lawyer” of the firm in the 2020, 2021 and 2022 editions of the legal 500.

on the back of mark’s article “obtaining patents for artificial intelligence and machine learning in europe”, published in november 2018, mark was contacted by the american bar association (aba) and invited to give a talk to their members on “patenting artificial intelligence (ai) in europe”; the feedback he received from the webinar participants was all “excellent”.

mark is a prolific writer of technology and ip articles, in addition to him featuring in numerous dehns podcasts. see below for his articles and podcasts.

Philippa Power

engineering View profile senior_associate philippa power

background

philippa is a chartered uk and european patent attorney, with a masters of engineering degree from the university of cambridge. philippa initially joined dehns in 1996, and qualified as a chartered patent attorney in 2001.

philippa handles patent work in a variety of engineering fields, and became a senior associate of the firm in 2020.

 

type of clients and client work

philippa acts for clients of all sizes, ranging from individuals to multinationals. this work includes drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the uk and europe and handling international patent portfolios. she also has experience in advising clients on patenting strategy and providing infringement and validity opinions.

 

expertise

philippa handles work in various engineering sectors including construction, oil/gas, aerospace engineering and naval architecture. much of her work is in the aeronautical industry in relation to gas turbine engines, aircraft control systems and composite materials.

she also has experience in registered design work, including advising on filing strategies and then filing applications in the uk and europe as well as other countries around the world.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk registered patent attorney, 2001
  • european patent attorney, 2000
  • basic litigation skills course, 2018
  • certificate in ip law, university of london, 1996
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys
  • member of the european patent institute

 

higher education

meng, university of cambridge, 1996

Phillip Price

biotechnology View profile senior_associate phillip price

background

phillip is a european patent attorney and  a uk chartered patent attorney. he joined dehns in 2006 after graduating from the university of oxford with a masters degree in molecular and cellular biochemistry. phillip handles a diverse range of work in the biotechnology and life sciences fields and was made a senior associate in 2019.

 

type of clients and client work

the majority of phillip’s clients are small/medium sized companies and technology transfer offices. he appreciates that his clients require clear advice that is genuinely relevant to their particular commercial situation. he advises on all aspects of the patent process and actively manages global patent portfolios.

he has particular experience in developing ipr portfolios and ip strategies from scratch. this initially involves working closely with each client to identify their patentable inventions. he enjoys drafting and guiding patent applications through examination to secure robust, useful patent protection in the markets of interest to his clients.

phillip also handles freedom to operate issues, monitors and challenges competitor patents, advises on patent infringement and enforcement issues and handles post-grant proceedings at the epo.

he works with both r&d-based companies and scientific service providers with innovative technologies. his clients include companies in both the pharmaceutical and medical device sectors. phillip represents a number of smes whose income streams depend heavily on the licensing of patent-protected technologies, so he appreciates the commercial importance of obtaining high-quality patents.

 

expertise

phillip handles a diverse range of inventions in the biotechnology field, from a variety of human and animal therapies to transgenic microorganisms and industrial biotech processes. areas of particular experience include biomaterials, biologics, drug discovery assays, diagnostics, blue biotech, oncology, glycobiology and synthetic biology. he also works with a number of innovative companies in the fields of cosmetics, nutraceuticals and human and animal nutrition.

 

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

mbioch, molecular and cellular biochemistry, 2006, university of oxford

 

other

phillip was recognised as a “rising star” in the 2018, 2019 and 2020 editions of managing intellectual property’s ip stars publication.

many of phillip’s clients are based in scandinavia. he is a frequent visitor to aleap, norway healthtech and the oslo cancer cluster.

phillip is a regular contributor of articles to the dehns website. see below for his articles on a wide range of ip and biotechnology topics and issues.

Sally Magrath

engineering View profile senior_associate sally magrath

background

sally joined dehns in 2002, having graduated with both a first class honours degree in physics and an msc (distinction) in distributed multimedia systems from the university of leeds.

her studies included constructing a flux-gate magnetometer and developing a web-based simulator on the java platform. prior to joining dehns, she worked for a short time as a research assistant in the school of computing, university of leeds.

sally qualified as a uk patent attorney in 2007 and a european patent attorney in 2008. sally became a senior associate of the firm in 2018.

 

type of clients and client work

sally is experienced in advising all types of clients, from sole inventors to smes, university spin-outs and large multinational corporations, particularly including sme clients based in the uk and scandinavia. she handles all aspects of patent work, from drafting and prosecution through to advice on infringement and validity of patents, and manages international patent portfolios for her clients.

 

expertise
sally has worked with clients across a range of technical areas in the fields of physical sciences, engineering and computing; including medical devices, aerospace and automotive engineering, oil and gas technology, hvac, materials engineering, computer security, communications and various construction and environmental technologies.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk chartered patent attorney, 2007
  • european patent attorney, 2008
  • certificate in ip law, university of london, 2003
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys

 

higher education

msc (distinction), university of leeds, distributed multimedia systems, 2001

bsc hons (first class), university of leeds, physics, 2000

 

other

‘troll guards product patent’, financial times, november 2011. click here to read article.

Sara de Bresser

chemical View profile senior_associate sara de bresser

background

sara is a qualified uk and european patent attorney. she graduated from the university of strathclyde in 1998 with an honours degree in forensic and analytical chemistry. as part of her course she spent over a year in the netherlands working in the research laboratories of philips and utrecht university. since then she has obtained a phd from the university of cambridge for her research in the field of main-group organometallic chemistry. sara joined dehns in 2001, and became an associate in 2008, then a senior associate in 2019.

 

type of clients and client work

sara drafts and prosecutes patent applications in all areas of chemistry and advises clients on other aspects of patent law, including epo oppositions and appeals, infringement, validity and licensing.

she acts for clients of a variety of sizes, from handling international patent portfolios of university spin-outs and smes, to uk/european drafting and prosecution for multinational corporations.

 

expertise

sara drafts and prosecutes patent applications in all areas of chemistry, including polymer production processes, pharmaceuticals, analytical methods and devices, composite materials, coatings, alloys and hydrocarbon processing.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk chartered patent attorney, 2007
  • european patent attorney, 2006
  • certificate in ip law, university of london, 2003
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys
  • member of the european patent institute

 

higher education

phd, university of cambridge, chemistry, 2001

bsc (hons), university of strathclyde, forensic and analytical chemistry, 1998

sara’s phd research focussed on synthetic and structural investigations of related classes of group 15 (p, as, sb)/nitrogen ligand frameworks, with particular reference to the development of new coordination chemistry.

Sarah Richmond

engineering View profile senior_associate sarah richmond

background

sarah is a qualified uk and european patent attorney, and a chartered engineer. sarah joined dehns in 2019.

sarah has previous experience as an in-house ip counsel in a large multi-national company, and as a patent attorney in private practice. prior to becoming a patent attorney, sarah was as an examiner at the epo in munich for six years. after completing her degree, sarah worked for a multi-national engineering firm for seven years. she held various engineering and programme management roles, working in the uk, europe and asia.

 

type of clients and client work

sarah works with a range of clients covering all engineering technical fields.

her work includes drafting patent applications, and filing and prosecuting uk, european and pct patent applications.

she can advise clients on other aspects of patent law, including patent filing strategy, epo oppositions and appeals, enforcement of ip rights, infringement, validity and licensing. sarah has experience in managing patent portfolios in a wide range of territories worldwide. she also has experience with registered designs.

 

expertise

sarah works on a wide variety of subject-matter in all engineering technical fields.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk chartered patent attorney, 2016
  • european patent attorney, 2015
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys
  • member of the european patent institute
  • basic litigation skills course, 2017
  • chartered engineer
  • member of the institute of mechanical engineers

 

higher education

m.eng engineering science, oxford university 1999

Thomas Parry

engineering View profile senior_associate thomas parry

background

thomas is a european and chartered (uk) patent attorney handling patent and design work in a wide range of high-tech and mechanical fields. he joined dehns in 2012 shortly after graduating in 2010 with a first-class degree from the university of cambridge. thomas became a senior associate of the firm in 2020.

 

type of clients and client work

thomas acts for a range of clients including large multinational companies, smes, and universities. thomas has significant experience in drafting and prosecuting patent applications relating to all types of mechanical, chemical, electrical and computer-implemented/software inventions. he also has considerable involvement and interest in contentious matters and providing freedom to operate and infringement/validity advice. a large proportion of his work relates to epo oppositions.

 

expertise

he has particular experience with inventions in the fields of spectrometry, scientific instruments, batteries, medical devices, consumer products, oil/gas exploration, ict and telecommunications.

before starting at dehns thomas worked in the optoelectronics group at the cavendish laboratory in cambridge, where his research focussed on fundamental studies of charge transport in organic materials for potential application to a variety of organic electronic devices such as ofets, oleds and solar cells.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk patent attorney, 2016
  • european patent attorney, 2016
  • intellectual property law post-graduate certificate (brunel university)
  • intellectual property litigation certificate
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys
  • member of the european patent institute

 

higher education

msci, natural sciences (physics), university of cambridge

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Adam Kellett

trade marks View profile associate adam kellett

background

adam is a uk chartered trade mark attorney.

adam joined the firm in 2015, after graduating from university college london (ucl) with a ba (hons) degree in english literature and completing the graduate diploma in law (gdl). before training as a trade mark attorney, adam completed a variety of legal placements and gained experience as a paralegal, both with dehns and with solicitor firms and in-house legal departments, from which he cultivated a keen interest in intellectual property law.

in 2017, adam was presented with the director’s prize for achieving the best mark in the trade mark law and practice b module on the postgraduate certificate in trade mark law and practice, at queen mary university of london.

adam became an associate of the firm in 2021.

 

type of clients and client work

adam assists with all aspects of trade mark attorney practice. this includes:

  • clearance searching and advising on the availability of clients’ new trade marks;
  • advising on the registrability of new marks;
  • devising filing strategies and filing and prosecuting uk, international and overseas trade mark applications;
  • trade mark opposition and cancellation proceedings, and related settlement negotiations;
  • appeals from decisions in examination, opposition and cancellation proceedings;
  • advising on matters of alleged trade mark infringement and/or passing off, and the resolution of related disputes;
  • preparing cease and desist letters, agreements, letters of undertaking and letters of consent;
  • advising on prospective domain name and company name complaints;
  • assisting with the acquisition and registration of domain names; and
  • portfolio management.

adam works with clients in a variety of industries, including the energy, construction, insurance, electronics, software, technology, food and drink, media/entertainment, healthcare and leisure industries.

 

expertise

adam is particularly interested in contentious matters, and therefore enjoys preparing arguments and submissions for trade mark opposition/cancellation proceedings and appeals, and working on settlement negotiations.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk chartered trade mark attorney, 2018
  • ip litigator – trade mark, 2018
  • professional certificate in trade mark practice, nottingham law school, 2018 – distinction (ip litigation certificate – distinction)
  • postgraduate certificate in trade mark law and practice, queen mary university of london, 2017 – distinction
  • member of citma

 

higher education

ba (hons), english literature, university college london (ucl), 2013 – 2.1

graduate diploma in law (gdl), the university of law, 2014 – commendation

Adam Yates

biotechnology View profile associate adam yates

background

adam is a european and chartered uk patent attorney. he joined dehns in 2008 following the completion of his phd in embryonic stem cell biology at edinburgh university. prior to that, he completed a bsc (hons) degree in biological sciences at birmingham university, which included a year studying at the university of göttingen in germany.

 

type of clients and client work

adam works with large multinational companies and smes. he has experience handling large patent portfolios with applications in a wide range of territories worldwide. his work includes drafting new patent applications, handling prosecution of patent application worldwide and providing opinions on the patentability of new inventions.

 

expertise

adam has experience in a wide variety of subject-matter in the life sciences space, with particular experience and interest in antibody patenting. other areas of expertise include: pharmaceuticals, biofuel production, genetically modified microorganisms, enzymes, plant biology, diagnostic methods, medical uses of known compounds and antimicrobial compounds.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • european patent attorney, 2012
  • uk chartered patent attorney, 2015
  • intellectual property law post-graduate certificate, 2009 (brunel university)
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys
  • member of the european patent institute

 

higher education

bsc (hons), biological sciences, birmingham university, 2003

phd, embryonic stem cell biology, edinburgh university, 2007

adam’s phd was awarded in 2007 for his research into transcription factors in embryonic stem cells. following the completion of his phd studies, and before joining dehns, he pursued this work further as a research fellow at edinburgh university.

Alex Ford

engineering View profile associate alex ford

background

alex joined the firm in 2013, shortly after graduating from oxford university with a first class meng degree in materials science. his final year was spent in research, developing the synthesis of graphene for transparent conducting film applications. alex qualified as a uk and european patent attorney in 2018. he became an associate of the firm in 2019.

 

type of clients and client work

alex primarily works with large multinational companies in a variety of fields including aerospace, healthcare, medical devices, packaging and oil and gas. he has experience liaising with inventors and drafting new patent applications, prosecuting applications in europe and the uk, and instructing associate firms in other foreign jurisdictions. alex also plays an active role in opposition and appeal proceedings before the epo, and has contributed to several commercially-focused advisory projects, such as freedom to operate and patent strategy opinions.

 

expertise

alex has a wide variety of technical expertise, but his patent work is mainly focused on aerospace-related subject matter. he also retains specialist knowledge within the field of materials science and graphene, and is often assigned applications involving such subject matter. the multi-disciplinary nature of materials science has given alex a broad technical understanding, which allows him to contribute to cases across physical sciences and engineering. alex is particularly effective at managing large, agency case loads.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk and european patent attorney, 2017
  • intellectual property law post-graduate certificate, 2014 (brunel university)
  • student member of the chartered institute of patent attorneys

 

higher education

meng (hons) – 1st class, materials science, oxford university (mansfield college), 2013

 

other

during his time at oxford university, alex interned as a materials engineer with rolls-royce, conducting research and development activities on superalloy components for use in the aero engine.

Alex Williams

engineering View profile associate alex williams

background

alex is a european and uk chartered patent attorney. he graduated from durham university in 2013 with a masters degree in physics & astronomy, specialising in astrophysics, quantum computing, lasers and semiconductor devices. for his final year project, he helped to develop the on-site radio telescope in parallel with using the telescope to study the spectral radiation emitted from hydrogen atoms throughout the galaxy. prior to joining dehns in 2016, alex spent two years working for a software development company.

he became an associate of the firm in 2021.

 

type of clients and client work

alex represents clients ranging from sole-inventors and small companies to large multinational corporations. he has experience in all stages of patent prosecution, including drafting applications, prosecuting uk and european applications, and also managing international patent portfolios.

 

expertise

alex works in a wide range of areas throughout the engineering field. he has handled patent applications for refrigeration systems, gas turbine engines, and composite materials, as well as applications in the fields of offshore oil and gas production and wind energy.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk patent attorney, 2020
  • european patent attorney, 2020
  • certificate in intellectual property law, queen mary university of london, 2017
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys

 

higher education

mphys physics & astronomy, university of durham, 2013

Catherine Noronha

engineering View profile associate 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.

Charlotte Rush

engineering View profile associate charlotte rush

background

charlotte qualified as a uk and european patent attorney and became an associate of the firm in 2021. she graduated from the university of birmingham in 2014 with first class honours in physics and astrophysics. following university, charlotte gained industry experience working at the defence technology company qinetiq, and then joined the patent profession in 2015. charlotte initially worked at another ip firm in london before joining dehns in 2018.

 

type of clients and client work

charlotte has experience working with a wide variety of clients, including individual inventors, start-ups, multinational companies and overseas attorneys.

charlotte’s work includes filing and prosecuting applications before the european patent office and the uk intellectual property office. she also has experience drafting patent applications and providing infringement and validity advice in the areas of patents and designs.

 

expertise

charlotte works on patent cases in a range of engineering and physics fields including aeronautical engineering, additive manufacturing, oil and gas technologies, and disposable personal care products. she also has experience working on cases relating to computer software, consumer electronics, biometric payments, telecommunications, satellite communications, and data storage.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk patent attorney, 2021
  • european patent attorney, 2021
  • postgraduate certificate in intellectual property law, queen mary university of london, 2017
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys (cipa)

 

higher education

bsc (hons) physics and astrophysics (first class), university of birmingham, 2014

 

other

charlotte has good knowledge of german.

David Leverett

engineering View profile associate david leverett

background

david joined the dehns engineering group in 2015 after graduating from the university of bristol with a master’s degree in aerospace engineering. his final projects included the development and testing of new inflatable composite structures, and designs for novel passenger aircraft and tidal power turbine arrays. david qualified as a chartered patent attorney in 2019 and became an associate of the firm in 2021.

 

type of clients and client work

david works with a variety of companies and organisations, including multinationals, smes, and individual inventors. he has experience in handling applications in a wide range of territories worldwide. his work includes providing opinions on the patentability of new inventions, drafting new patent applications, prosecution of patent applications worldwide, and handling european patent oppositions and appeals.

 

expertise

david works on a variety of subject-matter in the engineering sector, particularly in mechanical engineering.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • chartered patent attorney (gill prize winner)
  • european patent attorney
  • student member of the chartered institute of patent attorneys
  • certificate in ip law, brunel university, 2016

 

higher education

meng (aerospace engineering), university of bristol, 2015

 

other

david was awarded the gill prize for the highest aggregate score in the uk qualifying examinations held in october 2018.

david spent a summer working as a research assistant at the advanced composites centre for innovation and science, modelling morphing composite structures for use in aerospace.

David Viita

engineering View profile associate david viita

background

david is an associate in the engineering group.

he joined dehns in 2013 following the completion of his phd in materials science at the university of manchester. prior to that, he completed an mphys (hons) degree in physics also at the university of manchester. david handles patents relating to a number of engineering fields, and became an associate of the firm in 2020.

 

type of clients and client work

david works with a number of clients ranging from large multinational companies to individual inventors. his work for these clients includes drafting new patent applications, handling prosecution of patent applications worldwide, and preparing opinions on ip matters such as patentability of inventions and freedom-to-operate.

 

expertise

david works on a wide variety of subject-matter in engineering and it, with particular experience in gas turbine engines and aircraft parts and systems. he also handles patent applications in telecoms, materials and materials processing, refrigeration systems, medical devices, weapons systems, engines, and vehicle locking systems.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk patent attorney, 2018
  • european patent attorney, 2017
  • certificate in ip law, brunel university, 2014
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys

 

higher education

mphys (hons), physics, the university of manchester, 2009

phd, materials science, the university of manchester, 2013

 

other

david’s phd was awarded for his research into woven body armour using raman spectroscopy to measure yarn-by-yarn stresses during penetration of the armour.

James Ring

engineering View profile associate james ring

background

james joined dehns in 2013 after completing his phd in theoretical physics at the university of bristol. his research was focused on optics and catastrophe theory, and introduced to the field several new laser beam profiles with unusual propagation properties. before that, he graduated with first class honors in a physics msci at the university of bristol. james became an associate of the firm in 2019.

 

type of clients and client work

james works with a wide variety of clients, including multinational corporations, universities, smes, and lone inventors. the work he does is tailored to each client’s needs, and he has experience in all stages of patent prosecution, from drafting new applications, to working on global patent portfolios.

 

expertise

he works in a wide variety of areas throughout physics and engineering. he has handled patent applications in automotive, aerospace, and drone technology, as well as in laser physics, network security, and medical prosthetics, to name just a few.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk patent attorney, 2017
  • european patent attorney, 2017
  • intellectual property law post-graduate certificate, 2014 (brunel university)
  • member of the chartered institute of patent attorneys, 2013

 

higher education

phd in theoretical physics, university of bristol, 2013

first class honours in physics msci, university of bristol, 2009

Joanna Caplan

trade marks View profile associate joanna caplan

background

joanna joined the firm in 2015 and is a uk chartered trade mark attorney.

joanna graduated from the university of birmingham in 2011 with a first class honours degree in human biology. she went on to take a master of research and then a phd in cardiovascular sciences at king’s college london.

joanna became an associate of the firm in 2021.

 

type of clients and client work

joanna works for a wide variety of clients and assists with all aspects of trade mark attorney practice. joanna works with a wide variety of clients ranging from large multinational companies, smes and start-up companies to individuals, operating in a multitude of sectors including the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, financial, publishing, automotive and charitable sectors.

 

expertise

joanna specialises in the filing and prosecution of uk, international and overseas trade mark applications, trade mark opposition and cancellation proceedings and related settlement negotiations, and portfolio management. joanna also assists with trade mark clearance searching and the provision of availability advice, as well as matters relating to alleged trade mark infringement, passing-off and domain name disputes.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk chartered trade mark attorney, 2018
  • ip litigator – trade mark, 2018
  • professional certificate in trade mark practice, nottingham law school, 2018 – distinction (ip litigation certificate – distinction)
  • postgraduate certificate in trade mark law and practice, queen mary university of london, 2017 – distinction
  • member of citma

 

higher education

phd, king’s college london, cardiovascular sciences, 2016

mres, king’s college london, cardiovascular sciences, 2012

bsc, university of birmingham, human biology, 2011

 

other

joanna received the 2018 citma award for the highest mark achieved on the professional certificate in trade mark practice course at nottingham law school.

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Jonathan Bailey

chemical View profile associate jonathan bailey

background

jonathan joined dehns in 2015 after completing a phd at the university of bristol in the field of inorganic chemistry. prior to this, jonathan graduated from the university of bristol with a first class msci degree in chemistry, during which he studied for a year at the technical university of munich in germany.

jonathan also has experience working in a solar cell development laboratory at the lmu in munich and in two pharmaceutical companies in the czech republic and germany. jonathan is bilingual french/english and has a good knowledge of german.

jonathan qualified as a uk and european patent attorney in 2020 and became an associate of the firm in 2021.

 

type of clients and client work

jonathan works with clients of a variety of sizes, from university spin-outs and smes all the way through to multinational corporations.

he has experience in drafting new patent applications, prosecuting applications before the uk and european patent offices, handling international patent portfolios, and working on oppositions and appeals at the epo.

 

expertise

jonathan’s work involves handling cases in a wide variety of chemical fields, including: polymer chemistry, organometallic catalysis, neutraceutical and pharmaceutical chemistry, solar cell materials, diagnostic assay methods, tracer chemistry for subterranean reservoirs, and materials chemistry.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk patent attorney, 2020
  • european patent attorney, 2020
  • postgraduate certificate in intellectual property law, brunel university, 2016
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys (cipa)
  • member of the european patent institute (epi)

 

higher education

phd, inorganic chemistry, university of bristol, 2015 (faculty of science commendation awarded; thesis title: borylphosphines)

msci chemistry with study in continental europe (first class), university of bristol, 2011

phd, inorganic chemistry, university of bristol, 2015 (faculty of science commendation awarded; thesis title: borylphosphines)

msci chemistry with study in continental europe (first class), university of bristol, 2011

Joseph Dewhurst

engineering View profile associate joseph dewhurst

background

joseph joined dehns in 2015 after spending five years as a medical physicist at the christie hospital in manchester, where he worked on a wide range of projects including error detection in radiotherapy treatment planning and monte carlo modeling for photodynamic therapy dosimetry. he also achieved state registration as a clinical scientist.

prior to this, joseph completed a phd in plasma physics at the university of warwick which was focused on simulations and statistical analysis of plasma turbulence in the edge region of nuclear fusion devices. prior to joseph’s phd, he graduated from the university of manchester with a first class honours mphys degree in physics, which included a year studying at the university of california.

joseph qualified as a uk and european patent attorney in 2020 and became an associate of the firm in 2021.

 

type of clients and client work

joseph works with clients including large multinational companies and smes. his work includes drafting new patent applications, prosecuting such applications to grant before the uk and european patent offices, and handling international patent portfolios.

 

expertise

joseph handles patent work in a variety of electronics, physics and engineering fields. he has particular experience in mass spectrometry, graphics processing, semiconductor devices, telecommunications, oil and gas exploration and medical devices.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk patent attorney, 2020
  • european patent attorney, 2019
  • postgraduate certificate in intellectual property law, brunel university, 2016
  • member of the chartered institute of patent attorneys

 

higher education

msc (distinction and director’s prize winner), medical physics, university of manchester, 2011

phd, plasma physics, university of warwick, 2010

mphys (1st class honours), physics, university of manchester, 2006

Katie Dunne

Senior Associate View profile associate katie dunne

background

katie is a qualified uk and european patent attorney and was made an associate of the firm in 2017. she joined dehns in 2010, after completing a dphil in experimental particle physics at the university of oxford. prior to this, she obtained a masters degree in physics in 2006, also from the university of oxford.

katie became a senior associate of the firm in 2021.

 

type of clients and client work

katie works for a wide variety of clients, from sole inventors, university spin-outs and smes to multinational corporations.

she has experience in drafting new patent applications and prosecuting these applications to grant. she regularly takes part in hearings before the european patent office, and has experience of opposition and appeal proceedings.

katie can offer advice on issues such as worldwide filing strategies, and she manages the prosecution of international patent portfolios for many of her clients. she can also advise on patent enforcement and infringement and validity.

she also files registered designs in the uk and europe.

 

expertise

her work involves handling patents in a wide variety of engineering fields, including: medical devices, gas turbine engines, telecommunications, actuation systems, and refrigeration systems.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • intellectual property litigation certificate, 2017
  • uk chartered patent attorney, 2014
  • european patent attorney, 2014
  • certificate in ip law, brunel university, 2011
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys
  • member of the european patent institute

 

higher education

dphil, experimental particle physics, university of oxford, 2010
mphys, physics, university of oxford, 2006

Mark Scott

chemical View profile associate mark scott

background

having graduated from oxford university with a first class honours degree in chemistry, mark joined dehns as a technical assistant in 2013. he became an associate of the firm in 2019.

 

type of clients and client work

working with a range of clients, including large multinational companies and smes, he has experience of prosecuting european patent applications and handling large patent portfolios with applications in a wide range of territories worldwide. he is also involved with contentious matters, including both oppositions and appeals.

 

expertise

mark has experience in many different technical areas of chemistry, including: pharmaceuticals, refrigerants, lubricants, wood preservatives, polymers and polymeric materials, oil field technology, paints, oleds and solar cells.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • european patent attorney, 2017
  • uk registered patent attorney, 2017
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys
  • intellectual property law post-graduate certificate, 2013 (brunel university)

 

higher education

mchem, university of oxford, 2013

mark’s final year was spent on a research project investigating the synthesis of transition metal alkane complexes

Nia Madden

engineering View profile associate nia madden

background

nia joined dehns in 2015 after completing a masters degree in physics at the university of oxford. she became an associate of the firm in 2021.

 

type of clients and client work

clients range from start-ups to smes and large multinational companies. her work includes all aspects of patent prosecution.

 

expertise

nia’s work currently spans patents in a wide variety of engineering and applied physics fields. for instance, she has handled applications relating to: graphics processing, apparatus for drilling and performing measurements in wellbores, and mass spectrometers.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • european patent attorney
  • uk chartered patent attorney
  • intellectual property law post-graduate certificate (brunel university)
  • member of the chartered institute of patent attorneys
  • member of the european patent institute

 

higher education

mphys, physics, university of oxford, 2015

nia completed a masters degree in physics at the university of oxford, receiving first class honours. her specialisms include condensed matter, laser physics and quantum information. she also carried out a research project working on forming perovskite thin films for use in high efficiency solar cells.

Nick Leslie

dispute resolution View profile associate nick leslie

background

nick is an associate in our litigation team, focusing on intellectual property disputes. he is a dual-qualified english solicitor (2018) and canadian lawyer (2016), with considerable litigation experience in protecting and enforcing the full range of intellectual property rights. he has acted for clients in the english high court, the english court of appeal, and the ipec, recently acting for the defendant in icescape v ice-world international: the first case to apply the doctrine of equivalents following actavis v eli lilly.

nick’s non contentious work includes assisting clients with commercial arrangements for the creation and exploitation of intellectual property rights, including licences, assignments and development agreements. nick regularly advises smes and start-ups on preliminary aspects of development work, including third party contractual arrangements and the protection of confidential information. nick has considerable experience in the negotiation and preparation of international licence arrangements for trademarks and patents.

nick recently completed the postgraduate diploma in intellectual property law and practice at the university of oxford.

 

representative matters

  • horsham nutraceuticals ltd & anor v manna pro products llc [2019] ewhc 1935 (ch)
  • glew & others v amro biotech & others [2019] ewhc 3183 (ch)
  • icescape ltd v ice-world international bv and ors [2018] ewca civ 2219 – patent validity and infringement decisions in which the court of appeal decided on the application of g2/98 same invention concerning priority date, and applied the doctrine of equivalence following the uk supreme court’s decision in actavis uk ltd v eli lilly & co

 

qualifications and memberships

  • international association for the protection of intellectual property

 

higher education

  • postgraduate diploma in intellectual property law and practice, university of oxford (2020)
  • masters of laws, intellectual property law, queen mary university of london (2017)
  • bachelor of laws, cardiff university (2014)
  • bachelor of arts (biology & economics) colgate university (2010)

Tom Williams

engineering View profile associate tom williams

background

tom is a european and uk patent attorney. he re-joined the firm in 2020 as an associate, after having previously worked at dehns for a number of years. prior to initially joining dehns, he completed a masters degree in physics at durham university.

 

type of clients and client work

tom works with a range of clients including: large multinational corporations, smes and start-ups. he has extensive experience acting before the uk and european patent offices, as well as prosecuting patent applications around the world, including us, china and japan. tom routinely works on drafting new patent applications as well as prosecuting applications globally.

he has been involved with a number of opposition and appeal cases before the european patent office. tom also has experience handling large portfolios and has been involved with the production of due diligence reports on a number of occasions.

 

expertise

tom’s work encompasses a wide variety of engineering and physics fields, including: medical devices, industrial tools, aerospace engineering, electromechanical controls, domestic appliances, electronic displays, fuel cells and software.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • chartered uk patent attorney, 2019
  • european patent attorney, 2019
  • post-graduate certificate in intellectual property law, 2015 (brunel university)
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys
  • member of the european patent institute.

 

higher education

mphys (hons), physics, durham university, 2014

during his studies at durham, tom worked on a research project investigating the spatial light modulation of laser beams for use in the manipulation of cold atoms. he also worked on a project which involved developing software for use in analysing images captured during sporting events, with the aim being to output key metrics in relation to the sport.

IP Consultant

Axel Moulin

consulting View profile ip_consultant axel moulin

background

axel is an ip management consultant with extensive technology and business background, including large international contracts and r&d collaborations. he is a european trademark and design attorney and has filed and prosecuted numerous trademarks with the european and norwegian trademark offices (euipo, nipo). axel also actively prosecutes patents with the norwegian patent office (nipo).

axel joined dehns in 2021 when the ip management consultancy leogriff that he co-founded in 2002 became dehns’ oslo office.

 

type of clients and client work

the clients axel mainly works with are smes, incubators and research institutes, where he helps develop projects and companies via the use of the most adapted ip instruments. axel has a broad industrial background from process industry, oil, infrastructure equipment and software, as well as experience in various fields such as offshore wind, energy conversion, or nutraceuticals.

from early-stage research project screening to licensing or exit, he has a long experience developing ip portfolio and ip management practice to generate competitive advantage from innovative technology. axel advises on ip strategy, policies and implementation of routines. he also initiates, advises on and supervises filing and prosecution of ip rights worldwide.

 

expertise

axel has worked extensively with startup companies on securing ip ownership, mitigating risk, and attracting funding. capturing innovations and formalizing their ownership, investigating patent and trademark landscape for freedom to operate/use, every day preparing the company for due diligence, are common aspects of his work.

axel routinely advises his clients with ip management under preparation, negotiation, operation and closing of r&d collaborations, be they eu horizon or norwegian projects.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • european trademark attorney, 2016
  • european design attorney 2016
  • under eqe preparation sponsored by the epo (c.s.p. candidate)

 

higher education

master of business administration, bi – norwegian school of management, 2000
msc (sivilingeniør), ensg (france), geological engineering/geophysics, 1986

 

other

axel speaks fluent french (native tongue), english and norwegian (and is able to conduct business meetings in these languages); he also speaks conversational italian and german, and a reasonable amount of spanish.

 

Haakon Thue Lie

consulting View profile ip_consultant haakon thue lie

background

haakon is an ip management consultant with extensive technology and business background. he has a recent phd in industrial economics and technology management, specialising in open innovation and trade secrets. haakon is also a european patent attorney as well as a european trademark and design attorney.

haakon joined dehns in 2021 when the ip management consultancy leogriff that he co-founded in 2002 became dehns’ oslo office.

 

type of clients and client work

haakon’s focus is to create competitive advantage and profit from innovation. haakon works on ip strategy and management with start-ups, small and large firms, and several research institutes. he has telecom and it background and has experience from a broad range of industries from life sciences to materials technology and branding.

haakon advises line and project management with ip strategy, ip plans, valuation, and freedom to operate analysis. he initiates and manages patent applications, trade secrets, copyright and open-source, trademark registrations, designs and assist in solving conflicts. he works with managers to train the r&d teams and adapt the organisations’ processes to managing ip.

 

expertise

the expertise haakon offers as an ip management consultant is agnostic to the technological field. he has worked extensively with clients in projects as diverse as veterinary science and gaming. the clients are smes, large firms, research institutes or government – in all phases of the innovation cycle.

haakon is a leading expert in trade secret management, using a mix of ip rights, creating and keeping lead time advantages, risk mitigation and ip in collaborations and open innovation.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • european patent attorney, 2009
  • european trademark attorney, 2016
  • european design attorney, 2016

 

higher education

phd, norwegian university of science and technology (ntnu), industrial economics and technology management, 2020, “trade secret management in collaborations and open innovation”.
master of management, bi – norwegian school of management 1997
m.sc. (sivilingeniør), ntnu, signal processing and telematics, 1988

 

other

haakon is an adjunct associate professor at the department of industrial economics and technology management (iØt), norwegian university of science and technology (ntnu). he is associated with the cip research group (center for intellectual property), a collaboration between chalmers, gothenburg university and ntnu.

haakon speaks fluent norwegian (native tongue), english, swedish and danish (and can conduct business meetings in all those languages); he also speaks conversational german.

Consultant

Chris Davies

engineering, dispute resolution View profile consultant chris davies

background

chris is a uk and european patent attorney.

he joined dehns in 1980 with a degree in physics from southampton university, and became a partner in 1987. as well as his patent attorney qualifications, chris is a certified litigator and is therefore qualified to conduct patent litigation in all the courts in the uk. chris is a former head of our engineering patent group. he became a consultant to the firm in 2021

 

type of clients and client work

chris has handled patent work in the physics, engineering, electronics and telecommunications fields, as well as design and industrial copyright work. as well as prosecution work, he was heavily involved in many contentious matters as well as infringement/validity opinions.

in recent years chris successfully represented major international clients in epo opposition and appeal proceedings involving some of their highest profile and most important patents, a number of which have been litigated in parallel in the national courts.

chris is one of the uk’s most experienced epo opposition practitioners, and typically represented clients in around twenty opposition and appeal hearings each year; his success rate in these proceedings is extremely high.

chris has also acted on a number of occasions as an expert witness in uk high court proceedings on issues such as patent validity amendment.

 

expertise

chris has experience of handling patent work in the physics, engineering and electronics fields, as well as design and industrial copyright work. the technical fields of the various cases mentioned above have included patents relating to disposable absorbent products, tissues, health care, paper making, batteries, printing and medical products. he has also been heavily involved in a number of major telecommunications cases, including litigation of patents concerning the gprs standard and concerning mobile email systems.

 

higher education

bsc, southampton university, physics, 1980

Christopher Pett

chemical View profile consultant christopher pett

christopher pett is a former senior partner and is now a consultant to the firm. he joined the firm in 1972 and is a graduate of the university of oxford where he obtained an honours degree in natural sciences (chemistry). he was awarded the university turbutt prize for practical organic chemistry and a college chemistry prize.

christopher is still a frequent visitor to continental europe and speaks excellent french and good german.

David Leckey

engineering, designs View profile consultant david leckey

david leckey is a former partner in the engineering group and is now a consultant to the firm. he joined dehns in 1989. david graduated with first class honours in aeronautical engineering from the university of bristol. after two years in post-graduate training with lucas aerospace, he spent six years as an examiner in the uk patent office.

for his performance in the final examinations, he was awarded the strode prize by the chartered institute of patent agents.

Derek Matthews

chemistry View profile consultant derek matthews

derek joined dehns in 1984, was made a partner in 1995 and is now a consultant to dehns’ chemical, pharmaceutical and chemical engineering group. he graduated from imperial college with a first class honours degree in chemistry (1981), and was subsequently awarded a phd in physical chemistry from the university of london (1985).

Kerry Tomlinson

engineering View profile consultant kerry tomlinson

background

kerry is a chartered uk patent attorney and european patent attorney with a first degree in physics and a masters in ip law and management. kerry was for a number of years the firm’s managing partner, and head of the engineering patent group. he has a special interest in setting up administrative systems including computer-based systems. a former senior partner, kerry is now employed as a consultant to the firm.

 

expertise

kerry is a very experienced patent attorney with technical expertise across a wide range of computing, physics and engineering fields including electronics, computing and software, communications, vehicle technologies, medical electronics, elevators and aerospace technologies.

despite having a physics degree, he considers himself “a natural engineer” with practical experience of many engineering sciences. kerry was brought up in farnborough and his first job was as a computer programmer at the royal aircraft establishment.

kerry has acted for several major us and asian corporations including honda, medtronic, and the united technologies group (otis, pratt & whitney). he has filed and prosecuted several thousand patent applications and handled over 100 european oppositions and appeals.

following his interest in and experience of advising on ip management over the years, in 2015 kerry took a masters at the senior european ip school, ceipi in strasbourg, in ip management. he is one of only half a dozen people in the uk to have this qualification.

kerry has always been heavily involved in training. over the years, four of his trainees have been awarded the prize (the gill prize) for top marks in the patent attorneys’ qualifying examination, and many of his trainees are now partners in dehns or other firms. he now mentors candidates from other firms who are struggling with the infringement & validity paper in the final examination.

 

higher education

ma, cambridge, natural sciences, final course advanced physics.awarded open exhibition in engineering.

miplm, strasbourg 2015, master of intellectual property law and management.this is an llm with mba content including economics, corporate structures and strategies, and focusing on ip strategy and valuation.

Michael Butler

engineering, trade marks, designs View profile consultant michael butler

mike is a former senior partner and is now a consultant to the firm.

he joined dehns in 1973 and is a graduate of the university of cambridge where he studied physics and materials science under a scholarship from marconi. he was awarded the gill prize by the chartered institute of patent agents for achieving first place in the final examinations.

Patent Attorney

Amelia Rogers

engineering View profile patent_attorney amelia rogers

background

amelia joined dehns in july 2017 as a technical assistant in the engineering group, after completing a four year master’s degree in physics and philosophy at the university of oxford. amelia qualified as a uk and european patent attorney in 2021.

 

type of clients and client work

amelia works with a large range of clients, from large multinationals to small companies and start-ups, handling patent applications both in the uk and europe, as well as in a variety of other territories around the world. she works with several partners and associates, providing support for all aspects of patent drafting and prosecution, including supporting on a number of oppositions.

 

expertise

amelia works on cases covering a wide variety of subject matter within physical sciences and engineering, including laser systems, medical devices and electronics.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk patent attorney, 2021
  • european patent attorney, 2021
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys

 

higher education

mphys phil physics and philosophy, oxford university, 2017

during her final year amelia studied lasers and quantum information processing and completed a thesis on ‘probability in the everett interpretation of quantum mechanics’.

Andrew Sharpe

engineering View profile patent_attorney andrew sharpe

background

andrew graduated in 2015 with a master’s degree in physics from the university of sheffield, having also spent time in norway studying at the university of bergen. his latter studies focussed on quantum mechanics and semiconductor physics. in his final year, he used computational methods to explore the conditions for superfluidity of exciton-polaritons in semiconductor microcavities.

he spent the following two years teaching english and tutoring physics in barcelona, where he learnt to speak spanish.

andrew joined the dehns munich office in october 2017 and qualified as a uk and european patent attorney in 2021.

 

expertise

andrew handles patent work in a variety of engineering-based fields with a focus on oil and gas production, aeronautical engineering and medical devices.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk patent attorney, 2021
  • european patent attorney, 2021

 

higher education

mphys, university of sheffield, 2015

Benedict Allum

engineering View profile patent_attorney benedict allum

background

benedict originally joined dehns in 2013 after completing a masters degree in physics at the university of cambridge. he rejoined the firm in 2020 after a few years spent working as a software developer and machine learning engineer.

benedict qualified as a uk and european patent attorney in 2021.

 

type of clients and client work

benedict works with a range of clients including large multinational corporations and smes. his work includes drafting patents for new inventions and prosecuting patent applications in the uk, europe, the usa and throughout the world.

 

expertise

benedict works across a variety of electronics, applied physics and it fields. he has particular experience in software, graphics processing, mass spectrometry and flash memory devices.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • chartered uk patent attorney, 2021
  • european patent attorney, 2021
  • intellectual property law post-graduate certificate (brunel university), 2014
  • member of the european patent institute (epi)

 

higher education

msci, natural sciences (physics), university of cambridge, 2012

Conor McLaughlin

engineering View profile patent_attorney conor mclaughlin

background

conor joined dehns in 2016 after completing a masters degree in natural sciences (atomic & particle physics and physical chemistry) at ucl. he had previously been a summer intern at dehns in 2015.

conor qualified as a uk and european patent attorney in 2021.

 

type of clients and client work

conor works with a range of clients including large multinational companies and smes. he has experience in all aspects of patent prosecution and in drafting new patent applications. he also has experience in filing registered designs.

 

expertise

his work covers a variety of areas in the engineering field, from gas turbine engines and medical devices to devices for musical instruments. he also has experience in filing registered designs.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk patent attorney, 2021
  • european patent attorney, 2021
  • certificate in ip law, queen mary university of london, 2017
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys (cipa)

 

higher education

msci natural sciences (atomic & particle physics and physical chemistry), ucl, 2016

conor completed a masters degree in natural sciences (atomic & particle physics and physical chemistry) at ucl. his modules included lasers and modern optics, quantum mechanics and nuclear and particle physics. he also carried out a research project in which he studied analogues of the green fluorescent protein chromophore, using a combination of photoelectron spectroscopy and quantum chemistry calculations to investigate their differing photodynamic processes.

conor was awarded a place on the ucl dean’s list after completing his degree.

Eden Winlow

engineering View profile patent_attorney eden winlow

background

eden graduated from durham university with first class honours in physics in 2017. for his final year project he worked with nhs engineering, helping to develop a prototype medical device for the diagnosis of peripheral arterial disease. following his graduation, eden spent a short time working in a materials science start-up company where he carried out research focused projects on the properties of diamond-like carbon.

eden joined the engineering department at dehns in september 2017 and qualified as a uk and european patent attorney in 2021.

 

type of clients and client work

eden has experience in drafting patents in a variety of fields and prosecuting such applications to grant before the uk and european patent offices. he also has experience in managing and prosecuting international patent portfolios.

eden handles patent work for clients ranging from individuals and small start-up companies to major multinationals.

 

expertise

working in the engineering team, he has knowledge of a wide range of subject-matter including petroleum engineering, biometric analysis, aerospace engineering, refrigeration systems, and the beverage industry.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk patent attorney, 2021
  • european patent attorney, 2021
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys (cipa)

 

higher education

bsc (hons), durham university, physics, 2017

Edward Couchman

biotechnology View profile patent_attorney edward couchman

background

ed is a patent attorney in the biotechnology team.

he joined dehns in 2015 upon the completion of a phd in molecular microbiology from imperial college london. prior to his phd, he graduated from oxford university in 2010 with a first class degree in biochemistry. ed handles patent work in a range of biotechnology fields.

ed qualified as a uk and european patent attorney in 2021.

 

type of clients and client work

ed works with a variety of clients types, from universities to start-ups, spin-outs and smes all the way through to multinational corporations.

he provides patentability advice, drafts new patent applications, and prosecutes applications to grant before the european patent office; he also handles international patent portfolios. he also has experience of handling both offensive and defensive oppositions before the european patent office.

 

expertise

ed’s scientific expertise involves handling patents in a wide variety of biotechnology and pharmaceutical fields, including: therapeutic inventions (small molecules, immunotherapies, treatments for cancer, infectious diseases, etc.), vaccines, diagnostic methods, recombinant plants, biotechnology processes (e.g. biofuel production) and industrial enzymes.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk patent attorney, 2021
  • european patent attorney, 2021
  • certificate in ip law, brunel university, 2016
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys (cipa)

 

higher education

phd, molecular microbiology, imperial college london, 2015

mbiochem (first class), molecular and cellular biochemistry, university of oxford, 2010

 

other

ed’s phd focused on putative virulence factors in clostridium difficile and clostridium sordellii, in particular their type iv pili. he authored or co-authored a number of academic papers in this field.

Emily Anstis

engineering View profile patent_attorney emily anstis

background

emily anstis a european and chartered uk patent attorney. she joined the firm in 2011, and has an ma in physics from oxford university. emily previously spent a summer studying nanoparticles using secondary ion mass spectrometry and other surface analysis techniques at the national physical laboratory.

 

type of clients and client work

the clients emily works with include large multinational companies and smes. she has experience handling large patent portfolios. emily’s work includes drafting new patent applications, handling prosecution of patent applications worldwide, and handling european opposition procedures.

 

expertise

emily works on a wide variety of subject matter in physics and engineering fields.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • european patent attorney
  • uk chartered patent attorney
  • intellectual property law post-graduate certificate (brunel university)
  • intellectual property litigation certificate
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys
  • member of the european patent institute

 

higher education

ma (oxon), physics, university of oxford

Emily Armstrong

chemical View profile patent_attorney emily armstrong

background

emily joined dehns in 2015 following the completion of her dphil in organic chemistry at the university of oxford. during her dphil she developed new methodology for the synthesis of tricyclic fused ring systems. prior to that, she completed an msci in chemistry with industrial experience at the university of bristol. she spent a year in industry working on drug development at glaxosmithkline and her master’s year project was spent researching the carbohydrate-carbohydrate interactions of the tetrasaccharide, ‘lewis x’. emily become a chartered patent attorney in 2019.

 

type of clients and client work

emily works with a wide variety of clients, ranging from smes to large multinational companies. she has experience handling large patent portfolios with applications in a wide range of territories worldwide.

 

expertise

she works on a wide variety of chemical subject-matter, including pharmaceuticals, plastics and polymers, inks and printing systems, food additives, and catalysis.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • chartered patent attorney
    european patent attorney
  • intellectual property law post-graduate certificate, 2016
  • student member of the chartered institute of patent attorneys

 

higher education

dphil, organic chemistry, university of oxford, 2015

msci (hons), 1st class, chemistry with industrial experience, university of bristol, 2011

emily’s dphil was awarded in 2015 for my research into developing methodology for the synthesis of tricyclic fused ring systems.

Jacob Watfa

engineering View profile patent_attorney jacob watfa

background

jacob joined the munich office of dehns in april 2016 following the completion of a meng degree in mechanical engineering at imperial college london with a year abroad at the university of sydney. in his degree, he worked on a diverse range of projects, from designing, making and testing a 3d printer capable of both printing and cooking food to producing an artificial extracellular matrix using graphene hydrogels.

jacob qualified as a uk and european patent attorney in 2021.

 

type of clients and client work

jacob works with all kinds of clients, from large, multinational corporations, through smes to lone inventors. jacob mostly works with european and uk patent applications, whether that be drafting new applications, prosecuting existing applications to grant, or in post grant proceedings such as oppositions. jacob has experience in working with associates across the globe to ensure that his clients can obtain the best possible protection in all jurisdictions.

jacob also has provided advice on wider issues such as freedom-to-operate assessments and patent landscaping.

 

expertise

jacob works with a wide variety of engineering patents from the medicine to aerospace industries, and also has experience in the fields of computer systems, software, electronics and artificial intelligence.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk patent attorney, 2021
  • european patent attorney, 2021
  • intellectual property law post-graduate certificate, 2016 (queen mary university of london)
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys

 

higher education

meng mechanical engineering with a year abroad, imperial college london, 2011

James Godfrey

engineering View profile patent_attorney james godfrey

background

james graduated from the university of bath with a first class meng in aerospace engineering. his final year project involved computational fluid dynamics of gas turbine cooling systems, looking at the effect of different engine conditions and arrangements on efficiency. he also completed a 12-month internship at airbus group in bristol as part of his degree.

james joined dehns in september 2017 and qualified as a uk and european patent attorney in 2021.

 

type of clients and client work

james works for a range of clients including large multinational companies and smes across several different fields of technology.

 

expertise

james has experience with drafting and prosecuting patent application across many jurisdictions and fields of technology within the engineering field from aeronautical technology to exercise equipment and refrigeration systems.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk patent attorney, 2021
  • european patent attorney, 2021
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys (cipa)

 

higher education

meng (hons), university of bath, aerospace engineering, 2017

John Somerton

engineering View profile patent_attorney john somerton

background

john joined dehns in 2016 following his graduation from durham university where he received an mphys degree in physics. he studied a variety of topics including electronics and quantum computing and in his final year he investigated methodologies for simulating the interstellar medium and galaxy formation.

john qualified as a uk and european patent attorney in 2021.

 

type of clients and client work

john works on cases for many different clients, ranging from large multinationals to small companies, in a variety of territories around the world. he works with several partners and associates, providing support for all aspects of patent drafting and prosecution.

 

expertise

john works on cases covering a variety of subject matter within physical sciences and engineering, including electronics, medical devices and composite materials.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk patent attorney, 2021
  • european patent attorney, 2021
  • certificate in intellectual property law, 2017 (queen mary university of london)
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys (cipa)

 

higher education

mphys, physics, durham university, 2016

 

other

john acted as the regional informals secretary for chartered institute of patent attorneys (cipa) in the oxfordshire region from 2017 – 2019. in this role he arranged events for trainee patent attorneys and trainee trademark attorneys from different firms across oxfordshire, berkshire, buckinghamshire, and wiltshire. he also liaised with the cipa council regarding matters that were of interest to those training in the profession.

Matthew Sullivan

chemical View profile patent_attorney matthew sullivan

background

matt graduated from the university of cambridge in 2016 with a first-class msci degree in natural sciences (chemistry). prior to joining dehns in 2017, he worked in the grey group in cambridge where his research focused on all-solid-state lithium ion battery development.

matt qualified as a uk and european patent attorney in 2021.

 

type of clients and client work

matt has experience of prosecution of large patent portfolios for a number of multinational companies. he also works for smes and university spin-out companies assisting with the drafting and subsequent prosecution of new patent applications.

he is also involved in epo opposition proceedings as well as the filing and prosecution of applications for supplementary protection certificates.

 

expertise

matt’s work spans a range of chemical fields including: pharmaceuticals, medical devices, agrochemicals, cosmetics, personal care products, and oil field technology.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk patent attorney, 2021
  • european patent attorney, 2021

 

higher education

msci natural sciences (chemistry), university of cambridge, 2016

 

other

matt was awarded the director’s prize for trade marks, the director’s prize for copyright and design and the bill caro prize for best overall candidate for the queen mary postgraduate certificate in intellectual property law course 2017/2018.

Nick Hardingham

engineering View profile patent_attorney nick hardingham

background

nick joined dehns in 2016 after graduating from the university of cambridge with an msci degree in natural sciences (materials science), researching nano-scale thermoelectric energy harvesting technology as a focus.

nick qualified as a uk and european patent attorney in 2021.

 

type of clients and client work

nick works with a range of clients – from large multinational corporations through to the occasional sole-inventor. his work includes filing new applications, prosecution of existing applications, and supporting opposition proceedings before the epo, both as patentee and opponent.

 

expertise

nick has a wide variety of technical expertise, but his patent work is mainly focused on aerospace-related subject matter. he also retains specialist knowledge from his degree within the wide field of materials science, which has allowed nick a broad range of technical understanding across the physical sciences and engineering.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk chartered patent attorney, 2021
  • european patent attorney, 2021
  • intellectual property law post-graduate certificate, 2017 (queen mary university london)
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys (cipa)
  • member of the european patent institute (epi)

 

higher education

msci, natural sciences (materials science), university of cambridge, 2016

Paul Brack

chemical View profile patent_attorney paul brack

background

paul graduated from loughborough university with first class honours in chemistry in 2013. during his degree, he completed an industrial placement year as a process chemist at astrazeneca and spent a summer working with hydrogen fuel cells at intelligent energy ltd. he then went on to complete a phd in materials chemistry at loughborough university, developing novel composite materials for hydrogen generation. he also spent three months as a postgraduate fellow at the parliamentary office of science and technology in westminster.

paul joined dehns in september 2017 and qualified as a uk and european patent attorney in 2021.

 

types of clients and client work

paul works with a variety of clients, ranging from start-ups to large multinational corporations. his work includes handling the prosecution of patent applications worldwide, particularly at the european patent office, as well as drafting new patent applications and handling recordals of assignments.

 

expertise

paul’s work covers a wide range of chemical subject-matter, including polymers, ceramics, functional materials and coatings, pharmaceuticals, sensors, and energy storage materials.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk patent attorney, 2021
  • european patent attorney, 2021
  • fellow of the chartered institute of patent attorneys (cipa)

 

higher education

phd, loughborough university, chemistry, 2017

mchem, loughborough university, chemistry, 2013

Suzannah Merchant

engineering View profile patent_attorney suzannah merchant

background

suzannah is a technical assistant in the engineering group.

she graduated from the university of oxford in 2006 with a first-class master of physics degree. she remained at oxford, where she was awarded a doctorate in the field of terahertz spectroscopy. suzannah joined dehns in 2011 and handles patent work in a range of physics and engineering fields. she qualified as a chartered patent attorney in 2019.

 

type of clients and client work

suzannah acts for clients of various sizes, from start-ups, university spin-outs and smes through to multinational corporations. her work includes drafting new patent applications, handling prosecution of patent applications worldwide, and preparing opinions on ip matters such as patentability of inventions and freedom-to-operate.

 

expertise

suzannah’s work encompasses a wide variety of engineering and physics fields, including: wireless and mobile communication devices, networks and protocols; optical devices; solid state lighting devices; quantum computing; sensor networks; energy generation; mechanical devices; medical devices; nuclear decommissioning.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • chartered patent attorney
  • european patent attorney
  • certificate in ip law, brunel university, 2012
  • student member of the chartered institute of patent attorneys
  • member of the european patent institute

 

higher education

dphil, physics (terahertz spectroscopy), university of oxford, 2012

mphys (first class) physics, university of oxford, 2006

 

other

suzannah’s graduate study broadly encompassed aspects of solid state physics and photonics, and in particular was concerned with spectroscopic analysis and opto-electronics. her research focused on the analysis of terahertz data for studying the behaviour of electrons in thin-film semiconductor materials. during her undergraduate degree she specialised in lasers, optics, quantum information processing and theoretical physics.

Trade Mark Attorney

Alexandra Nott

trade marks View profile trade_mark_attorney alexandra nott

background

alexandra is a uk chartered trade mark attorney.

alexandra joined the firm in 2016, after graduating from the university of cambridge in 2016 with a degree in human, social, and political sciences. during her final year she was awarded a first class for her dissertation on human rights and the global garment industry, combining her interests in moral philosophy and fashion.

 

type of clients and client work

alexandra assists in a variety of uk, and international trade mark matters for a wide-range of clients from individuals to multinational corporations. alexandra works with clients operating within a number of industries including sport, cosmetics, medical technology and healthcare, diet and nutrition, hvac, optics, media and entertainment, security, and hospitality.

alexandra’s work includes assisting with clearance searching and advising on the availability/registrability of new trade marks, filing and prosecuting trade mark applications, contentious matters, preparing appeals, drafting settlement agreements/undertakings, and advising on matters of alleged trade mark infringement as well as related issues such as domain and company name disputes.

 

expertise

on the prosecution side, alexandra particularly enjoys helping clients secure registration following an official objection from the ipo, whether through argument or the submission of evidence.

insofar as contentious matters are concerned, alexandra has experience in obtaining positive outcomes for clients, be it in the form of a favourable opposition/appeal decision or a negotiated settlement agreement.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk chartered trade mark attorney, 2019
  • ip litigator – trade mark, 2019
  • professional certificate trade mark practice, nottingham law school, 2019 – distinction
  • postgraduate certificate in trade mark law and practice, queen mary university of london, 2018 – distinction
  • member of citma

 

higher education

ba (hons), university of cambridge, human, social and political sciences (politics and international relations), 2016

 

other

alexandra was awarded the prizes for highest mark in the ‘designs and copyright law’ and ‘trade mark law and practice a’ exams as well as the highest overall student prize for the queen mary postgraduate certificate in trade mark law and practice 2017/18.

alexandra also achieved the highest mark of all candidates in the nottingham law school professional certificate trade mark practice (the trade mark attorney finals) 2019.

alexandra was named as a “key lawyer” in the 2022 edition of the legal 500, one of the leading legal directories in the uk.

below are a number of published trade mark articles written by alexandra.

 

Emma Tyser

trade marks View profile trade_mark_attorney emma tyser

background

emma graduated from the university of southampton in 2011 with a first class masters of chemistry degree, where she studied in singapore for six months as part of her course. she then went on to study for a dphil in physical and theoretical chemistry at the university of oxford.

before joining dehns in november 2015, emma worked for the uk government’s department for environment, food and rural affairs. emma qualified as a uk chartered trade mark attorney in 2018, receiving a distinction in both the queen mary postgraduate certificate in trade mark law and practice and the nottingham law school professional certificate of trade mark practice.

 

type of clients and client work

emma has experience working with a wide variety of clients, from individuals to large multinational companies, and across a range of different industries, including software, chemicals, finance, fashion, construction, hospitality and pharmaceuticals.

 

expertise

emma assists clients with a full range of trade mark matters. this includes clearance searches, the filing and prosecution of applications, portfolio management and trade mark oppositions.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • uk chartered trade mark attorney, 2018
  • ip litigator – trade mark, 2018
  • professional certificate in trade mark practice, nottingham law school, 2018 – distinction (ip litigation certificate – distinction)
  • postgraduate certificate in trade mark law and practice, queen mary university of london, 2017 – distinction
  • member of citma

 

higher education

mchem, university of southampton, chemistry, 2011

dphil, university of oxford, physical and theoretical chemistry, 2014

 

other

to view a selection of articles written by emma, click here.

Technical Assistant

Alexander Bindel

engineering View profile technical_assistant alexander bindel

background

after obtaining his msc in astronomy and astrophysics, alexander joined kudlek grunert & partner in 2012 as a technical assistant. he joined dehns following the merger of the two firms in 2021.

 

type of clients and client work

alexander drafts and prosecutes patent applications before the epo and the german patent and trademark office (dpma) in english and german language. his work also includes performing and evaluating patent searches and providing opinions on patentability and freedom to operate.

alexander works with clients of all size, from local and domestic smes in munich and germany, to multinationals in germany, the us, china and japan.

 

expertise

alexander’s experience in patent work includes physics, optics and microscopy, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, control engineering, automation of technical processes, automotive technology, elevator technology, heat exchangers, methods of joining and coating material as well as software applications.

in particular, he has knowledge in automotive technology including engine construction, vehicle electronics, motor control and hybrid systems as well as electrical and hybrid driving.

 

higher education

msc in astronomy and astrophysics, ludwig-maximilians university munich, 2011, with a master thesis at the university observatory munich on “atmospheric transmission on the wendelstein observatory”.

bsc in physics, ludwig-maximilians university munich, 2009, with a bachelor thesis at the university observatory munich on “cosmic background radiation and reionization of the universe”

 

other

alexander is fluent in german and english.

Alexandra Tyson

chemical, engineering View profile technical_assistant alexandra tyson

background

in january 2019 alexandra completed her phd in chemical physics at durham university. during this time, alexandra designed and built a spectroscopy suite used to study molecular dynamics of aqueous species in different solvation environments. prior to that alexandra graduated from durham university in 2015 with a first class honors mchem degree in which she was awarded the mastership of chemistry prize upon graduating.

alexandra joined dehns in 2019 as a technical assistant and works in both the chemistry and engineering groups.

 

types of clients and client work

alexandra works with a variety of clients, including small/medium-sized enterprises, universities and multinational companies. allie handles prosecution of patent applications in europe, and has experience has experience handling large patent portfolios with applications in a wide range of territories worldwide. allie also assists with client work outside of prosecution, including freedom to operate analysis, intellectual property workshops, patentability reviews and patent application drafting.

 

expertise

allie has gained experience working on patent applications across a wide variety of technologies in the chemical sciences, physical sciences and engineering, including polymers, functional materials, pharmaceuticals, laser systems, lighting devices, fluid systems and elevator systems.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • intellectual property law post-graduate certificate, (queen mary university of london)
  • student member of the chartered institute of patent attorneys

 

higher education

phd, physical chemistry, durham university, 2019

mchem (hons), 1st class, master of chemistry, durham university, 2015

alexandra was awarded the mastership of chemistry award from durham university in 2015 for graduating at the top of her academic class.

Amy Scorah

chemical View profile technical_assistant amy scorah

background

amy joined dehns in 2019 after completing a dphil in organic chemistry at the university of oxford. her research focused on the design, synthesis and evaluation of chemical tools for trim33. during her dphil amy spent time working at astrazeneca in cambridge. prior to this, amy graduated from the university of york with a first class mchem degree in chemistry, during which she spent her final year working at roche in basel, switzerland.

 

types of clients and client work

amy works with clients of a variety of sizes, from university spin-outs and smes all the way through to multinational corporations with international patent portfolios.

 

expertise

amy has gained experience working on patent applications relating to a wide variety of technologies in the chemical field, including: polymer chemistry, organometallic catalysis, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical chemistry, drug delivery formulations, and materials chemistry.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • intellectual property law post-graduate certificate, (queen mary university of london)

 

higher education

mchem, chemistry with a year in industry (first class with distinction), university of york, 2015

dphil, organic chemistry, university of oxford, 2019 (thesis title: chemical tools to probe the function of trim33)

Anna Stoyanova

engineering View profile technical_assistant anna stoyanova

background

anna graduated from the university of bath with a meng degree in mechanical engineering with manufacturing and management. her final year research focused on the statistical analysis of computational meshes in order to determine how the shape of a heart changes after a heart attack. she also completed a 12-month internship working as a project engineer in the fmcg field.

anna joined dehns as a technical assistant in march 2020 as part of the bristol office.

 

higher education

meng (hons), university of bath, mechanical engineering with manufacturing and management, 2019

Armin Daszki

engineering View profile technical_assistant armin daszki

background

armin joined dehns in 2021 as a technical assistant after completing a phd in material science at imperial college london. his research focused on the nucleation and microstructure of βsn in lead free solders, particularly in the presence of intermetallic compounds. prior to this, armin graduated from imperial college london with a first class meng degree in materials science and engineering.

 

higher education

meng, materials science & engineering (first class honours), imperial college london, 2016

phd, material science, imperial college london, 2021 (thesis title: nucleation and microstructure study of βsn in lead-free solders)

Benjamin Gray

engineering View profile technical_assistant benjamin gray

background

benjamin graduated from the university of exeter in 2019 with a masters degree in physics. in his final year masters project he investigated the physical properties of cell membranes using an artificial physical model called a droplet interface bilayer.

benjamin joined the engineering department at dehns in november 2019 as a technical assistant.

 

higher education

mphys physics, university of exeter 2019

Callum Matthews

biotechnology View profile technical_assistant callum matthews

background

callum is currently a technical assistant in the dehns biotechnology group. he joined dehns in 2019 after graduating from the university of oxford with a first class mbiochem degree in molecular and cellular biochemistry. during his final academic year, callum carried out a research project in the department of biochemistry, which involved using molecular dynamics simulations to investigate lipoprotein trafficking in bacteria.

 

types of client and work

callum works with a variety of clients, including small/medium-sized enterprises, universities and multinational companies. callum handles prosecution of patent applications in europe, and has experience of prosecution in a number of other jurisdictions including canada, china, japan, korea, the uk and the us. callum also assists with client work outside of prosecution, including freedom to operate analysis and patent application drafting.

 

expertise

callum has gained experience relating to a wide variety of technologies in the pharmaceutical and biotechnological fields, including recombinant dna and protein products, antibodies, biosimilars, bioinformatics, stem cells, diagnostics assays, therapeutic treatments, virology and vaccines.

 

qualification and memberships

  • pgcert (intellectual property law), queen mary university of london, 2021
  • student member of cipa (chartered institute of patent attorneys)

 

higher education

mbiochem (molecular and cellular biochemistry), university of oxford, 2019

Christian Mather

engineering View profile technical_assistant christian mather

background

christian joined dehns as a technical assistant in 2016 with a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the university of birmingham, which included a year studying at the university of adelaide in australia.

 

type of clients and client work

he predominantly works for multinational engineering companies, and has experience in drafting and prosecuting uk and european patent applications.

 

expertise

christian works on a wide variety of patent applications, predominantly in the aerospace industry. he also has a background in other engineering sectors, having completed projects at university to design an expansion for a manufacturing plant and to research the viability of using biofilm cultures in the manufacture of biopharmaceuticals.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • member of the cipa informals committee 2017/2018
  • student member of the chartered institute of patent attorneys
  • pgcert intellectual property law, bournemouth university, 2015

 

higher education

m.eng. (hons), chemical engineering with international study, 2014

Conor Wilman

engineering View profile technical_assistant conor wilman

background

conor graduated from the university of manchester with a first-class honours degree in physics (mphys), with course modules in later years focussing on semiconductor and laser physics. in his master’s project, he worked with the jodrell group in manchester to develop resonant transmission line structures for use in radio astronomy and cosmology.

conor joined the engineering department at dehns in 2017 as a technical assistant.

 

type of clients and client work

conor works on cases for a range of clients – from large multinationals to smes and lone inventors – and in a breadth of jurisdictions. the subject-matter involved varies significantly as well, with conor working on aeronautical technologies for utc to medical devices with q-linea and veryan medical. conor provides support to several partners and associates for all aspects of patent drafting and prosecution.

 

expertise

conor works on cases covering a variety of subject matter within physical sciences and engineering, including airfoils, medical devices, and wireless networks.

 

higher education

mphys (hons), university of manchester, physics, 2017

 

other

conor is a committee member of ip out and has been since july 2018.

Daniel Gunn

engineering View profile technical_assistant daniel gunn

background

daniel is currently a technical assistant, working towards qualification as a uk and european patent attorney. he began working with intellectual property in 2018 before joining dehns in 2021. after graduating from the university of oxford with an undergraduate bachelor’s degree in physics, daniel gained experience working as a user interface developer.

 

type of clients and client work

daniel has experience working for a variety of clients, ranging from small/medium-sized enterprises to multinational corporations, and has handled prosecution of patent applications across a range of countries including australia, brazil, canada, china, india, japan, korea, taiwan and the uk, as well as europe and the us. daniel also assists with client work outside of prosecution, including patent application drafting.

 

expertise

daniel has gained experience working on patent applications relating to a wide variety of mechanical and electrical technologies, including semiconductor devices, optical devices, content delivery networks, motors and secure payment solutions.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • peb foundation examinations, 2020
  • student member of the chartered institute of patent attorneys

 

higher education

ba physics, university of oxford 2017

Daniel Hurst

chemical View profile technical_assistant daniel hurst

background

daniel graduated from the university of york in 2019 with a first class honours mchem degree, with a year in industry spent within astrazeneca’s early discovery oncology chemistry team. during his final year, daniel investigated the synthesis and use of aryl halides in pharmaceutical chemistry, focusing on the development of a late-stage fluorination reaction. prior to joining dehns in 2021, daniel worked in the cooper group at the university of liverpool, researching the use of mobile robotics for organic chemistry.

 

higher education

mchem (hons), university of york, chemistry (with a year in industry), 2019

Daniel Sanz Sharley

chemical View profile technical_assistant daniel sanz sharley

background

dan joined dehns in 2019 after completing a phd at the university of bath in the field of organic chemistry. his research focused on developing novel methodologies for the catalytic synthesis of amides. prior to this, daniel graduated from the university of bath with a first class msci degree in natural sciences, during which he explored novel synthetic routes for the formation of a common beta-blocker drug.

 

types of clients and client work

dan works with a variety of clients, including universities and large multinational corporations. dan handles prosecution of patent applications in europe, and has experience of prosecution in a number of other jurisdictions including china, japan, the uk and the us. dan also assists with freedom to operate analysis and drafting patent applications.

 

expertise

dan’s work covers a wide range of chemical subject-matter, including pharmaceuticals, polymers, ceramics, functional materials and coatings, catalysis and food additives.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • postgraduate certificate in intellectual property law, queen mary university of london, 2021
  • student member of the chartered institute of patent attorneys

 

higher education

phd, chemistry, university of bath, 2019 (thesis title: novel methodologies for the catalytic synthesis of amides)

msci, natural sciences, university of bath, 2015

David Fleming

chemical View profile technical_assistant david fleming

background

david joined dehns in 2017 after graduating from the university of cambridge with a ba and msci degree in natural sciences (chemistry). having grown up in switzerland, he has a good knowledge of german.

 

type of clients and client work

david works with clients of a variety of sizes, from sole-inventors all the way through to multinational corporations with international patent portfolios.

 

expertise

his work involves handling cases in a wide variety of chemical fields, including: polymer chemistry, organometallic catalysis, neutraceutical and pharmaceutical chemistry, drug delivery formulations, and materials chemistry.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • european patent attorney, 2021
  • postgraduate certificate in intellectual property law, queen mary university, 2018
  • member of the european patent institute
  • student member of the chartered institute of patent attorneys

 

higher education

msci natural sciences, university of cambridge, 2017

ba natural sciences, university of cambridge, 2017

Duke Quinton

biotechnology View profile technical_assistant duke quinton

background

duke qualified as a european patent attorney in 2021 and is working towards qualification as a uk patent attorney. he joined dehns in 2017 after graduating from the university of oxford with an undergraduate master’s degree in molecular and cellular biochemistry. during his final academic year, duke worked in the kleanthous group in oxford, investigating the translocation mechanisms of protein antibiotics across the outer membrane of escherichia coli.

 

types of clients and client work

duke works with a variety of clients, including small/medium-sized enterprises, universities and multinational companies. duke handles prosecution of patent applications in europe, and has experience of prosecution in a number of other jurisdictions including canada, china, japan, the uk and the us. duke also assists with client work outside of prosecution, including freedom to operate analysis and patent application drafting.

 

expertise

duke has gained experience working on patent applications relating to a wide variety of technologies in the life sciences sphere, including antibodies, anti-cancer therapies, genome editing techniques, diagnostic techniques, fish farming and pharmaceuticals.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • european patent attorney, 2021
  • pgcert (intellectual property law), queen mary university of london, 2018
  • student member of the chartered institute of patent attorneys

 

higher education

mbiochem (molecular and cellular biochemistry), university of oxford, 2017

Ellis King

engineering View profile technical_assistant ellis king

background

ellis graduated from imperial college london in 2019 with a first-class msci physics degree, and joined dehns in september of that year. during her degree she studied a wide range of topics including solid state physics, astronomical imaging, and computational neuroscience. ellis also studied for a year at the university of heidelberg, where she completed her masters project with the institute of environmental physics, developing an algorithm for evaluating local methane sources and patterns using data from a cavity ring-down spectrometer.

ellis had previously been a summer intern with dehns in 2018.

 

types of clients and client work

ellis handles work in multiple jurisdictions with a variety of clients, ranging from individuals to multinational corporations, and is involved with the drafting, prosecution, and litigation of patents across various areas of technology. ellis also has experience with the drafting, filing, and prosecution of design applications.

 

expertise

working within the engineering team at dehns, ellis handles work across a wide range of subject-matter, including refrigeration systems, petroleum engineering, aerospace engineering, and medical devices.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • student member of the chartered institute of patent attorneys (cipa)
  • certificate in intellectual property law, queen mary university of london, 2020

 

higher education

msci, physics, imperial college london, 2019

Harrison Tucker

engineering View profile technical_assistant harrison tucker

background

harry graduated from the university of birmingham in 2019 with a first class bachelor’s degree in physics. during that time he studied a variety of topics including electronics, quantum mechanics and statistical physics; as well as some computer science courses during his exchange year.

after graduation, harry worked as a software and electronics engineer before joining dehns as a technical assistant in the engineering group in january 2020.

 

type of clients and client work

harry works on cases for many different clients, ranging from large multinationals to small companies, in a variety of territories around the world. he supports a number of partners in all aspects of patent drafting and prosecution, and also has experience in filing registered designs.

 

expertise

harry handles patent work covering a variety of subject matter within physical sciences and engineering, though he specialises particularly in the fields of software and electronics.

 

qualifications and memberships

certificate in intellectual property law, queen mary university of london (2021)

student member of the chartered institute of patent attorneys (cipa)

 

higher education

bsc physics (with international study) with honours, university of birmingham (2019)

Hector Manly

engineering View profile technical_assistant hector manly

background

hector is currently a technical assistant, working towards qualification as a uk and european patent attorney. following a four year master’s degree in physics at oxford university, with specialisation in astrophysics and biophysics, he joined dehns in september 2016, and now works at the firm’s brighton office.

 

type of clients and client work

hector works with a broad range of multinational companies, primarily on the prosecution of european and uk patent applications, as well as a number of small and medium sized businesses.

 

expertise

he works with a wide variety of engineering patents in industries which include oil and gas exploration, semiconductor memory, medical devices, mass spectrometry and telecommunications, and has experience of patent prosecution in the uk, europe, and russia.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • intellectual property law post-graduate certificate, 2016 (queen mary university of london)
  • student of the chartered institute of patent attorneys

 

higher education

mphys (physics), oxford university, 2012.

his final year at university was spent researching self-assembled structures and devices in the field of nanotechnology as part of the dna group in the clarendon laboratory, oxford.

Helen Pratt

engineering View profile technical_assistant helen pratt

background

helen joined dehns in 2019 after completing a dphil at the university of oxford, in the department of materials specialising in the science and engineering of fusion energy. during this time, helen used micromechanical techniques to study the effects of radiation damage in silicon carbide. as part of this, she also spent some time working in the us on fabrication of silicon carbide composites. helen previously graduated from imperial college in 2013 with an msc in shock physics, where she also completed her bsc in physics.

 

types of clients and client work

helen has experience with a range of clients, from large multinationals to small companies, handling patent applications both in the uk and europe, as well as a variety of other territories around the world. she works with several partners and associates, providing support for all aspects of patent drafting and prosecution.

 

expertise

helen works on cases covering a wide variety of subject matter within physical sciences and engineering, including mechanical systems, aerospace, medical devices and electronics.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • pgcert (intellectual property law), queen mary university of london, 2020
  • student member of the chartered institute of patent attorneys

 

higher education

dphil, material science, university of oxford, 2019

msc, shock physics, imperial college london, 2013

bsc, physics, imperial college london, 2012

Hendrik du Toit

engineering View profile technical_assistant hendrik du toit

background

prior to joining dehns as a technical assistant in 2019, hendrik worked in academic research and development at ucl developing reactor systems for the synthesis of nanomaterials used in point of care diagnostic medicine.

between his meng, phd and post-doctoral research, hendrik has experience in the fields of bioprocessing, biofuel cells, glucose monitoring, nanomaterials, point-of-care diagnostic medicine, lab-on-a-chip reactors, rapid reactor prototyping (cad, cnc, photolithography, 3d printing and more), manufacturing and analytical science.

 

type of clients and client work

hendrik currently works with a variety of engineering clients including large multinational companies and smes. his work includes filing and prosecuting patent applications to grant before the uk and european patent offices, and providing technical advice to clients during opposition procedures.

 

expertise

hendrik has particular experience with inventions in the fields of aerospace, oil and gas exploration, spectrometry, scientific instruments, telecommunications, antibacterial coatings, battery technology, consumer products, medical devices, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (hvac), paper products, robotics and smart devices.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • pgcert (distinction), intellectual property law, queen mary university of london, 2020
  • student member of the chartered institute of patent attorneys

 

higher education

phd, chemical engineering (development of miniature enzymatic biofuel cells as potential power sources for implantable medical devices), university of bath, 2015

meng (1st class honours), chemical engineering, imperial college london, 2011

Iram Ali

engineering View profile technical_assistant iram ali

background

iram graduated from the university of manchester with a second class honors in physics with astrophysics in 2017. during her second year there, she interned at jodrell bank discovery centre, giving tours about the history of astrophysics and the lovell telescope to the general public. she returned there for a short time following her graduation.

iram joined the engineering department at dehns in june 2018.

 

type of clients and client work

iram has experience in drafting patents in a variety of fields and prosecuting such applications to grant before the uk and european patent offices.

 

expertise

working in the engineering team, iram has knowledge of a wide range of subject-matter including in the field of mass spectrometers, beverage dispensing systems, fire alarm systems, downhole tools, medical devices, and aerospace systems.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • pg certificate in intellectual property law, bournemouth university, 2019
  • student member of the chartered institute of patent attorneys

 

higher education

bsc. (hons) in physics with astrophysics, university of manchester, 2017

Jack Hancock

engineering View profile technical_assistant jack hancock

background

jack joined dehns in 2018 as a technical assistant in the engineering department after graduating from the university of manchester with a first-class honours mphys physics degree. in his master’s project, he worked on the development of an electron cyclotron resonance ion source for the use in analytical systems.

 

type of clients and client work

jack works for a variety of clients both large and small, covering a range of technical fields. he works for partners and associates in various offices, providing support on all aspects of patent prosecution and examination, as well as freedom-to-operate and infringement risk assessments.

 

expertise

whilst jack is confident working with subject-matter from a variety of technical fields, particular areas of technology he works with includes medical devices such as devices for heart repair, gas turbine engines and analytical devices such as mass spectrometers.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • certificate in intellectual property law, queen mary university of london, 2019
  • student member of the chartered institute of patent attorneys

 

higher education

mphys (hons) physics, university of manchester, 2018

Jack Mullins

engineering View profile technical_assistant jack mullins

background
jack joined dehns in 2019 after completing a phd at the university of manchester in the school of electrical and electronic engineering. during this time, jack applied optical and electronic measurement techniques to study defects in silicon. prior to this, jack graduated from the university of manchester with a first class honours mphys degree in physics, during which he studied for a year at the university of paris sud xi in france.

 

higher education

phd, electrical and electronic engineering, university of manchester, 2019.

mphys (hons) physics, university of manchester, 2014.

James Tunstall

engineering View profile technical_assistant james tunstall

background

james graduated from the university of warwick in 2018 with a degree in physics. he then stayed on to study a master’s degree in advanced mechanical engineering and graduated in 2020 with a distinction.

during his studies james covered a wide range of fields including thermal physics, optics, electronics, fluid dynamics, and precision engineering.

james joined the engineering department at dehns in 2020 as a technical assistant.

 

higher education

bsc (hons) in physics, university of warwick, 2018

msc in advanced mechanical engineering, university of warwick, 2020

Jasmine Banbury

engineering View profile technical_assistant jasmine banbury

background

jasmine joined the firm in june 2017 as a technical assistant shortly after graduating from lincoln college, oxford with a degree in engineering science (meng). jasmine specialised in biomedical engineering in her fourth year at university, which involved developing a low-cost kidney phantom for use as a surgical trainer for nephrolithotomy procedures. in 2012, jasmine spent 11 months working with the engineering team at hitachi rail europe, working on their class 395 high-speed trains.

 

type of clients and client work

jasmine has worked with a large multinational engineering company and various individual inventors since arriving at dehns. her experience includes providing opinions on the patentability of new inventions, drafting new patent applications, handling the prosecution of european applications, and defensive and offensive opposition work.

 

expertise

jasmine works on a variety of subject-matter in the engineering sector, specialising particularly in aerospace.

 

higher education

meng, engineering science, university of oxford

Jeremy Howarth

engineering View profile technical_assistant jeremy howarth

background

jeremy graduated from durham university in 2017 with a master’s degree in engineering. during this course he studied a range of topics covering electronics, mechanics, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. in his final year, jeremy investigated methods of cost estimation in the manufacturing engineering sector.

jeremy joined the engineering department at dehns in september 2018 as a technical assistant.

 

types of clients and client work

jeremy works with a wide variety of clients, from sole inventors to large multinational corporations. he supports the work of several partners and associates in all aspects of patent drafting and prosecution, and also has experience in filing registered designs.

 

expertise

jeremy’s work involves handling cases covering subject matter from a broad range of engineering disciplines, including automotive engineering, electronics, radio communications, fluid systems and medical devices.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • certificate in ip law, queen mary university of london, 2019
  • student member of the chartered institute of patent attorneys

 

higher education

meng general engineering, durham university (2017)

Jessica Davis

engineering View profile technical_assistant jessica davis

background

in 2019 jess graduated from the university of edinburgh with a first class integrated master’s degree in physics. in the later years of her degree, she took part in projects related to laser physics, nuclear detectors, and medical devices. for her master’s project, jess worked in the condensed matter physics department and used confocal fluorescence microscopy to study the stability of liquid crystal emulsions.

jess joined the engineering department at dehns in august 2019.

 

types of clients and client work

jess has experience in drafting patents in a variety of fields. she provides assistance to senior associates and partners in all areas of patent prosecution and has experience in managing and prosecuting international patent portfolios.

she has worked with a variety of clients, from individual inventors, spin-outs and start-ups to multinational companies.

 

expertise

jess works on cases covering a wide range of subject-matter within physics and engineering including optics, medical devices and electronics.

 

qualifications and memberships

intellectual property law post-graduate certificate (queen mary university of london).

 

higher education

mphys physics (first class) university of edinburgh, 2019.

Jessica Jackson

chemical View profile technical_assistant jessica jackson

background

jessica joined the dehns brighton office in september 2021.

she graduated from durham university with a masters in chemistry (mchem) in 2017. her masters project focused on the design and synthesis of ruthenium-based histone deacetylase inhibitors as anticancer agents.

currently in the final stages of completing a phd in imaging chemistry and biology at king’s college london, jessica’s phd focuses on the development and synthesis of novel ligands for the chelation of trivalent radiometals.

jessica is a technical assistant in the dehns chemistry group.

 

higher education

mchem chemistry, durham university, 2017
phd in imaging chemistry and biology, king’s college london, (in process).

Jolyon Burgess

engineering View profile technical_assistant jolyon burgess

background

jolyon joined dehns in november 2016, after graduating from the university of leeds in july of that year with a b.sc. (hons) in theoretical physics, in which he focused mainly on algebraic structures and quantum mechanics.

 

type of clients and client work

jolyon works mostly with larger companies, their subsidiaries, and their agents. he handles prosecution of existing patent applications before the epo and the ukpo, as well as some drafting and filing of new applications.

 

expertise

jolyon works on a wide spectrum of cases for our engineering section; mostly tools for downhole use in oil wells, but also on communication methods, diapers, exoskeletons, fire suppression, flash memory devices, integrated circuit controllers, mass spectrometry, wiping substrates, and wireless power transferal.

Joseph Cammack

engineering View profile technical_assistant joseph cammack

background

joseph graduated from churchill college, cambridge in 2018 with a first class msci degree in physics. for his masters project he worked within the surfaces, microstructure and fracture group of the cavendish laboratory to develop a crust penetration concept for exploration of planetary bodies in the solar system.

joseph had previously been a summer intern at dehns in 2017, before joining the engineering department in september 2018.

 

type of clients and client work

joseph has experience in drafting patents in a variety of technical fields and prosecuting such applications to grant before the uk and european patent offices. he also has experience in managing and prosecuting international patent portfolios for clients ranging from individuals and small start-up companies to major multinationals.

 

expertise

working in the engineering team, joseph has knowledge of a wide range of subject-matter including petroleum engineering, fire and security alarm systems, aerospace and mechanical engineering, refrigeration systems, and medical devices.

 

higher education

msci natural sciences (physics), cambridge, 2018

Kate Slatcher-Greenwood

engineering View profile technical_assistant kate slatcher-greenwood

background

kate studied physics at the university of leeds, graduating in 2020. in her final year project she worked with nanoparticle tracking analysis and dynamic light scattering to size and categorise microvesicles in cancer cell growth medium.

kate joined the engineering department at dehns in april 2021 as a technical assistant.

 

higher education

bsc physics, university of leeds (2020)

Layton Diver

engineering View profile technical_assistant layton diver

background

prior to joining dehns in 2019, layton graduated from the university of birmingham in 2018, with a first class meng degree in mechanical engineering. layton spent his final year at university specialising in micro-electro-mechanical systems (mems), before spending some time in the nuclear industry.

 

type of clients and client work

layton handles the prosecution and drafting of patent applications before the epo, ukipo, ustpo, jpo and cnipa. clients include multinational corporations, smes and university spin-outs. layton also has experience handling fto and infringement matters.

 

expertise

layton is familiar with subject matter in various mechanical, electro-mechanical and physics fields. examples include technology related to mass spectrometry and ionisation techniques, medical devices, control systems, aerospace technology, o&g tooling/apparatus and tobacco heating products (“thp”).

 

qualifications and memberships

  • student member of the chartered institute of patent attorneys (cipa)
  • pg certificate in intellectual property, bournemouth university, 2020

 

higher education

meng. (hons) in mechanical engineering (first class), university of birmingham 2018

Lucy Lin

biotechnology View profile technical_assistant lucy lin

background

lucy is a technical assistant in the dehns biotechnology group. she joined the dehns london office in november 2020 after completing the medicine mbbs bsc programme at ucl. this course includes an integrated bsc, leading to the awards of bachelor of science (bsc) and bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery (mbbs).

 

qualifications and memberships

  • student member of the chartered institute of patent attorneys

 

higher education

mbbs medicine (distinction in medical sciences), university college london, 2019

bsc medical sciences with anatomy (first-class honours), university college london, 2016

for the bsc element, lucy opted to study at the ucl department of cell and developmental biology and undertook modules in stem cells and regenerative medicine, the neurobiology of neurodegenerative diseases, molecular basis of neuropsychiatric disorders and functional genetics of model systems. she also completed an extended experimental project in life sciences investigating the role of newly-discovered mcm neurons in sexual conditioning of c. elegans to the odorant benzaldehyde.

Lydia Jowitt

engineering View profile technical_assistant lydia jowitt

background

lydia joined dehns in september 2021 as a technical assistant in the engineering team. she graduated from the university of oxford in 2019 with an mphys physics degree, specialising in condensed matter physics, lasers and quantum computing. her final year project investigated the spin jahn-teller effect using x-ray crystallography and squid magnetometry. after completing her degree, she spent two years as a scientist at the stfc rutherford appleton laboratory where she developed x-ray detector systems for use in high energy spectroscopy applications.

 

higher education

mphys physics, university of oxford

Martha Stevens

engineering View profile technical_assistant martha stevens

background

martha joined dehns in 2021 as a technical assistant in the engineering group following the completion of a four year integrated master’s degree in engineering at the university of cambridge.

 

higher education

martha graduated with an integrated masters in engineering (meng) from the university of cambridge in 2021. within this general degree she studied a broad range of subject areas from electronics to civil structures, and eventually specialised in modules related to aerospace, energy and sustainability. for her final year project, martha worked on designing a de-icing system for a lightweight unmanned aerial vehicle in collaboration with the british antarctic survey.

Matt Dixon

engineering View profile technical_assistant matt dixon

background

matt joined dehns in 2020 as a technical assistant in the engineering department shortly after graduating from the university of southampton with a first-class honours meng mechanical engineering degree. in the second half of his degree, matt specialised in biomedical engineering, with his master’s project focusing on developing a medical device aimed at protecting the elderly from falls.

 

type of clients and client work

matt has experience working with a range of clients, including individual inventors, smes, universities and multinational companies

 

expertise

matt works on a wide variety of subject matter in the engineering sector, with a particular focus on biomedical engineering and medical devices.

 

higher education

meng (hons) mechanical engineering / biomedical engineering, university of southampton, 2020

Megan Donnett

engineering View profile technical_assistant megan donnett

background

megan is a technical assistant in the engineering department, working towards qualification as a uk and european patent attorney.

she joined dehns in 2018 after graduating from the university of oxford with a bachelor’s degree in physics. her final year university project involved working with aerospace company airbus to design an exploration mission to titan, saturn’s largest moon, using a fixed wing unmanned aerial vehicle (uav).

 

type of clients and client work

megan works with a variety of clients, ranging from large multinational companies to smes and individual inventors. she handles prosecution of patent applications in the uk and europe, as well as being involved with prosecution in other jurisdictions including the us, japan and china.

she works with several partners and associates, providing support for a range of work including patent prosecution, drafting new applications, and providing patentability and freedom to operate opinions.

 

expertise

megan works on cases covering a wide range of technologies in the engineering field, including gas turbine engines, medical imaging devices, refrigeration systems, milling machines, beverage dispensing systems and petroleum engineering.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • post-graduate certificate (intellectual property law), queen mary university of london, 2019
  • student member of the chartered institute of patent attorneys

 

higher education

ba physics, university of oxford, 2018

Melissa Chung

engineering View profile technical_assistant melissa chung

background

melissa joined dehns in september 2021 after graduating with a first class bachelor’s degree in physics. she is a technical assistant in the engineering group, working for the munich office whilst being based partly in the oxford office.

during her degree, melissa completed research internships where she modelled neutrino oscillations and evaluated methods to optimise sei formation in li-s batteries. in her final year of university, she was awarded a departmental conference prize for a talk presented on the development of analysis methods to evaluate defects in pem fuel cell materials.

 

qualifications and memberships

student member of the chartered institute of patent attorneys (cipa)

 

higher education

bsc (hons) physics, lancaster university, 2021

Melissa Lever

engineering View profile technical_assistant melissa lever

background

melissa joined the dehns munich office in 2018 after finishing a post-doc in bioinformatics at the university of sao paulo, brazil. during her post-doc she used computational methods to assess the disease severity of patients based on their gene expression data.

prior to this, she completed a phd at the university of oxford where she researched the activation of genetically engineered t cells. she has a msci degree in physics from imperial college london.

melissa has a good knowledge of portuguese.

 

expertise

melissa works with a wide variety of engineering patents including medical devices, ict and aircraft parts and systems.

 

higher education

msci physics with theoretical physics (first class), imperial college london, 2011.

phd systems biology, university of oxford, 2016. thesis title: systems biology of t cell activation

Michael Millar

engineering View profile technical_assistant michael millar

background

michael joined dehns in 2020 after graduating from the university of edinburgh with a meng degree in mechanical engineering with management. his studies focused on the fundamentals underpinning mechanical engineering, including fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and structural mechanics. he also undertook several research projects utilising dynamic and static simulations, including his masters’ project using finite element methods to improve the surface geometry of bridgman anvils.

during his time at university he also completed a 6-month placement at arvind amd in india, working in the quality assurance team.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • student member of the chartered institute of patent attorneys

 

higher education

meng mechanical engineering with management, university of edinburgh, 2020

Nikola Wiesemann

engineering View profile technical_assistant nikola wiesemann

background

nikola began working as a patent engineer in a munich patent law firm in 2005, after obtaining her diploma in physics, and qualified as a european patent attorney in 2011.

 

types of clients and client work

nikola drafts and prosecutes patent applications before the european patent office and the german patent and trademark office in english and german language. she has significant  experience acting on behalf of clients in opposition and appeal proceedings as well as in oral proceedings at all stages of procedure.

 

expertise

nikola works in a broad range of technical fields from physics to engineering, with a focus on optics, automotive technologies, sealings and coatings, and computer implemented inventions.  she further has extensive knowledge in the field of mobile communications and networks, including prosecution and post-grant proceedings of standard-essential patents as well as providing technical advisory in frand licensing processes.

she is fluent in german and english.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • european patent attorney, 2011

 

higher education

dipl.-phys. (corresponding to msc in physics), technical university of munich, 2005, with a thesis on interferometric detection methods for optoacoustic tomography (majors: nonlinear  optics, solid state physics)

Obaidah Sheikh

engineering View profile technical_assistant obaidah sheikh

background

obaidah graduated in 2016 from the university of manchester with a masters in electrical and electronic engineering. thereafter, he started a business wherein he developed and manufactured a product, and secured a patent for his invention, which gave him a good insight into the startup process and ip issues related to small business. he then completed a pgce in 2019, and joined dehns in 2021.

 

type of clients and client work

obaidah handles the prosecution of existing patent applications before the epo and ukpo for a range of clients. clients include university spin-outs and smes all the way through to multinational corporations.

 

expertise

obaidah works on a variety of subject-matter in the engineering sector, from mass spectrometers and ionisation techniques to domestic appliances, mechanical devices and apparatus, and anti-corrosion coatings.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • student member of the chartered institute of patent attorneys (cipa)

 

higher education

meng. (hons) in electrical and electronic engineering (first class), university of manchester 2016
pgce in secondary physics, university of manchester 2020

Philip Wright

engineering View profile technical_assistant philip wright

background

philip joined the engineering department at dehns in 2019 as a technical assistant.

he graduated from the university of leeds in 2019 with a first class meng degree in aeronautical and aerospace engineering.  during his studies, philip covered a broad range of topics relating to aerospace and mechanical engineering such as aerospace structures, fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, aerospace propulsion and engineering materials.

 

types of clients and client work

philip works with clients of a variety of sizes, from sole-inventors and start-ups to multinational corporations.  his work primarily includes the drafting of new patent applications and prosecution of applications in a number of jurisdictions, such as in europe at the epo and the uk at the ukipo.   he is also involved with freedom to operate and patentability analysis as well as supporting oppositions at the epo.

 

expertise

philip has significant experience working with subject-matter in a wide range of technical fields.  notable areas of expertise include: aerospace technology and in particular propulsion systems; mechanical and electrical systems for buildings and vehicles such as hvac, fire control systems and security systems; hydraulic systems and medical devices.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • certificate in intellectual property law, queen mary university of london, 2020
  • student member of the chartered institute of patent attorneys (cipa)

 

education

meng aeronautical and aerospace engineering, university of leeds, 2019

Rebecca Graves

engineering View profile technical_assistant rebecca graves

background

rebecca read natural sciences at the university of cambridge and graduated in 2018 with a first class msci degree specialising in materials science. during the later years of her degree she studied a range of topics including semiconductors, magnetic and superconducting materials, energy harvesting devices, nickel based superalloys, thermally functional materials, and biomedical materials, with her masters project working within the cambridge centre for medical materials tailoring the synthesis of poly(glycerol sebacate) to optimise its biodegradation kinetics and mechanical properties for use in urinary catheters.

during her time at university she carried out a summer research placement at École polytechnique fédérale de lausanne investigating the hydrophobicity of mixed-ligand self-assembled monolayers and undertook a course in nanoscience at the university of tokyo.

rebecca joined the engineering department at dehns in 2018 as a technical assistant.

 

higher education

msci natural sciences (materials science), university of cambridge, 2018

Rhodri Jones

engineering View profile technical_assistant rhodri jones

background

rhodri graduated from the university of nottingham in 2019 with a first class meng mechanical engineering degree. his final year research project focused on redesigning biomedical bone screws to improve reliability and performance. rhodri has also worked professionally as an engineer in the oil and gas and renewable energy industries.

rhodri joined dehns in june 2021 as a technical assistant in the engineering department.

 

types of clients and client work

rhodri works primarily with large, multinational companies across a variety of industries. he mainly handles the prosecution of patent applications in europe and also has experience of prosecution in the uk.

 

expertise

rhodri has experience handling cases across a variety of technical fields. particularly, these include: gas turbine engines, elevator and escalator systems, and consumer appliances.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • student member of the chartered institute of patent attorneys (cipa)

 

education

meng, mechanical engineering including an industrial year, university of nottingham, 2019

Richard Whiter

engineering View profile technical_assistant richard whiter

background

richard joined dehns in 2017 following the completion of a phd in nanostructured ferroelectric polymers at the university of cambridge. prior to that, he completed a master of physics degree at the university of southampton, which included carrying out research on plasmonic nanoantennas.

 

type of clients and client work

richard assists with drafting and prosecution of patent applications for a variety of clients, ranging from smes to large multinational companies.

 

expertise

richard has gained experience working on patents from a wide variety of areas within the physical sciences, including optical and electromagnetic sensors, as well as in the composition, construction and production methods of consumer products.

 

higher education

mphys (hons), university of southampton, 2011
phd, nanostructured ferroelectric polymers, university of cambridge, 2017.

Rosie Lawrence

biotechnology View profile technical_assistant rosie lawrence

background

rosie joined the dehns brighton office in october 2020 after completing a master’s degree (distinction) at the university of southampton. her dissertation classified variants in congenital heart disease patients to investigate the presence of undiagnosed primary ciliopathies.

rosie’s undergraduate degree, at the university of cambridge, focused on genetics in the final year, with a project involving crispr/cas9 mutagenesis of drosophila melanogaster lines. the project aimed to determine the effect of plp mutagenesis on female fertility and egg chamber morphology.

she is a technical assistant in the dehns biotechnology group.

 

higher education

  • ba (hons) natural sciences (biological sciences), university of cambridge, 2019
  • msc (distinction), genomic medicine, university of southampton, 2020

Rupert Belsham

engineering View profile technical_assistant rupert belsham

background

rupert is a technical assistant in the dehns engineering group. he joined dehns in 2021, having worked for intellectual property companies in cheltenham and london. he studied physics at imperial college london, where he specialised in computational physics and lasers in his final year and completed a research project on simulation of surface plasmon polaritons in hyperbolic media.

 

type of clients and client work

rupert’s work includes drafting patents for new inventions and prosecuting patent applications in the uk, europe, the usa and across the world. he has also worked on contentious matters including patent infringement and enforcement. he has experience working with a range of clients including multinational corporations, smes, universities and individual inventors.

 

expertise

rupert has particular experience with inventions in the fields of aerospace, telecommunications, fast moving consumer goods and software.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • peb foundation examinations, 2017
  • student member of the chartered institute of patent attorneys

 

higher education

llm (distinction), bpp university, 2020

bsc physics, imperial college london, 2016

Simon Rumswinkel

engineering View profile technical_assistant simon rumswinkel

background

simon studied chemistry, mineralogy and material sciences in bayreuth and leipzig, germany. after several years of post-graduate work in materials chemistry in salzburg, austria, simon began his training as a patent attorney at kudlek, grunert & partner (kgp), munich, in 2019. he joined dehns at the time of the merger with kgp in 2021.

 

type of clients and client work

the majority of simon’s clients are multinational corporations and small/medium sized companies. he advises on all aspects of the patent process, including drafting applications, prosecution in multiple jurisdictions, post-grant proceedings and patent infringement and enforcement matters. an important part of his work includes performing and evaluating patent searches and providing opinions on patentability and freedom to operate.

 

expertise

simon works in a broad range of technical fields with a focus on automotive technology, chemical engineering and analytic devices. his expertise includes automotive exhaust systems, oil and gas processing such as thermal and catalytic cracking, new synthesis pathways based on oxidative catalytic processes, air separation technology, mass spectrometry and microscopy.

 

qualifications and memberships

simon is currently training for his exams as a german patent attorney and for the european qualification examination.

 

higher education

msc in mineralogy and material sciences, universität leipzig, 2015, with a thesis on clay derivatives as additives in concrete.

bsc in chemistry, universität bayreuth, 2012, with a thesis on ultrasound induced porosity in aluminium iron alloys.

 

other

simon is fluent in german, english and polish

Stefan Schraml

engineering View profile technical_assistant stefan schraml

background

stefan is a european patent attorney. he joined dehns in 2020 after having worked for another patent attorney firm for several years. he has a phd in theoretical physics and held postdoctoral positions at the lawrence berkeley national laboratory, berkeley (ca), the universität wien, vienna, and the max-planck-institut für physik, munich, before starting to work in the field of patents.


type of clients and client work

stefan has particular experience in, drafting and prosecuting german and european patents and he has experience in representing clients at oral proceedings before the epo examining, opposition and appeal divisions.

his clients range from universities and small companies to large multinational companies.


expertise

he handles patent work in the electronics, mechanical engineering and physics fields.


qualifications and memberships

european patent attorney, 2019

epi (european patent institute)


higher education

diploma in physics, ludwigs-maximilians-universität münchen, 1998

phd in physics, ludwigs-maximilians-universität münchen, 2001

Tasha Collins

engineering View profile technical_assistant tasha collins

background

tasha graduated from the university of bath in 2016 with a degree in mechanical engineering (meng). she spent a year in industry working as an r&d engineer running projects and designing tests to improve radial spring fasteners. for her final year project, she undertook a quantitative assessment of bone fracture healing using ultrasound. after completing her degree, tasha worked in private practices in cheltenham and bath before joining dehns in 2021 as a technical assistant in the bristol office.

 

type of clients and client work

tasha has worked with a wide range of clients covering all engineering technical fields. she handles drafting, filing and prosecution of uk, european and pct patent applications.

 

expertise

tasha has experience in a variety of engineering sectors including manufacturing, packaging, medical devices and oil & gas.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • student member of the chartered institute of patent attorneys
  • student member of the european patent institute

 

higher education

meng (hons) mechanical engineering, university of bath, 2016

Thomas Collier

engineering View profile technical_assistant thomas collier

background

thomas joined dehns in 2019 after completing a phd in physics at the university of exeter, where he worked on developing novel applications for semiconductor quantum rings and nanohelices. prior to this, thomas graduated from the university of exeter with a first class honours mphys degree in physics with astrophysics.

thomas is bilingual french/english, and has a good knowledge of spanish.

 

type of clients and client work

thomas works with a variety of clients, ranging from smes to large multinational companies. his work includes filing and prosecuting patent applications to grant before the uk and european patent offices, assisting foreign associates with prosecution in a variety of other jurisdictions, and providing technical advice to clients during opposition procedures.

 

expertise

thomas has gained experience working on patents from a wide variety of technological areas, including in the fields of aerospace, oil and gas exploration, spectrometry, scientific instruments, telecommunications, as well as in the composition, construction and production methods of consumer products.

 

qualifications and memberships

postgrad certificate, intellectual property law, queen mary university of london, 2020

mphys physics with astrophysics (first class), university of exeter 2015

phd, physics, university of exeter, 2019 (thesis title: double-gated quantum rings and nanohelices: from theory to novel applications)

Thomas Jeal

engineering View profile technical_assistant thomas jeal

background

tom joined dehns as a technical assistant in the engineering group in may 2021, having previously worked as a trainee patent attorney at another firm since september 2018. prior to this, tom obtained a degree in physics and astrophysics from the university of birmingham.

 

type of clients and client work

tom has assisted clients of all sizes, from individual inventors to multi-national corporations, to obtain protection for their intellectual property in a large number of jurisdictions including the uk, us, europe, china, japan, and australia. tom has extensive patent drafting and prosecution experience.

 

expertise

tom works predominantly in the fields of engineering and physics, with previous subject matter including medical devices, aerospace components, fluid control valves, and autonomous vehicle technology.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • foundation qualified uk patent attorney

 

higher education

bsc, physics and astrophysics, university of birmingham, 2018

Tim Davies

engineering View profile technical_assistant tim davies

background

tim joined dehns in june 2019 after finishing a dphil in materials science at the university of oxford, where he worked on developing new techniques for jointing superconducting wires in mri scanners. prior to that, tim graduated from the university of cambridge with an msci in natural sciences, specialising in materials science, where he was awarded the goldsmiths’ prize and medal for the highest mark in final year materials science examinations.

 

types of clients and client work

tim currently works with a variety of engineering clients including large multinational companies. his work includes filing and prosecuting patent applications to grant before the uk and european patent offices, along with assisting with european opposition procedures.

 

expertise

tim works across a variety of engineering fields and has particular experience in patents relating to semiconductor devices, graphics processing and consumer products.

 

qualifications and memberships

intellectual property law post-graduate certificate, queen mary university london, 2020

student member of the chartered institute of patent attorneys

 

higher education

msci in natural sciences, university of cambridge, 2015

dphil in materials science, university of oxford, 2019

Will Catton

engineering View profile technical_assistant will catton

background

will joined dehns in 2021 after graduating from the university of cambridge with a first class master of engineering degree. in his studies he specialised in information engineering with his final year research project focusing on scene coordinate regression for camera localisation in indoor environments using deep learning.

will also gained experience in industry whilst at university by working for a start-up developing smart autonomous robots for soft fruit picking as well as a major technology company. in addition to this, he was a member of the university of cambridge’s formula student team, leading the electronics sub-team.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • student member of the chartered institute of patent attorneys

 

higher education

meng (first class), university of cambridge, 2021

Trade Mark Assistant

Charlotte Ginnaw

trade marks View profile trade_mark_assistant charlotte ginnaw

background

prior to joining the firm in 2021 as a trade mark assistant, charlotte graduated from the university of birmingham in 2020 with a degree in geography. charlotte set up her own small food business after graduating which gave her a unique appreciation for the importance of brand distinctiveness.

 

expertise

charlotte assists the associates and partners with all aspects of trade mark law.

 

qualifications and memberships

student member of the chartered institute of trade mark attorneys (citma)

 

higher education

bsc (hons) in geography, university of birmingham, 2020

Tiernan Graham

trade marks View profile trade_mark_assistant tiernan graham

background

tiernan joined the firm in 2021 and is a trade mark assistant.

tiernan graduated from the university of bristol in 2020 with a first class honours degree in law. he went on the complete a master’s in international law in 2021 for which he is awaiting results. during his undergraduate degree he received a letter of commendation from the bristol law school and studied intellectual property in his second year, during which he developed a strong interest in trade mark law.

 

type of clients and client work

tiernan assists the associates and partners with all aspects of trade mark law.

 

qualifications and memberships

  • student member of citma

 

higher education

llb, university of bristol, law, 2020

llm, university of bristol, international law, 2021

Business Support

Chris Bell

Head of Finance View profile business_support chris bell

chris is a qualified accountant with over 20 years finance experience, including working with the ‘big 4’ accountancy firms, and at various overseas locations around the world. he is responsible for all aspects of the finance function within the business.

Keith Binks

Facilities Manager View profile business_support keith binks

keith joined dehns in 2016, having spent the previous 17 years in facilities management in the legal sector. based in the london office he is responsible for the firm’s facilities, health & safety, and environmental management. he is also a member of the energy managers association.

Malcolm Hancock

Head of IT View profile business_support malcolm hancock

malcolm is dehns’ head of it and joined the firm in 2012. prior to this he managed it in the emea region for a global law firm and previously held other it managerial roles. originally, malcolm was a full time professional musician and he is also a veteran of h.m. armed forces.

Neil Lane

Chief Operating Officer View profile business_support neil lane

neil qualified as a chartered certified accountant in 1986 and joined dehns in 2000 as head of finance. in 2008 he was promoted to chief operating officer and, with a wealth of business experience behind him, is now an integral part of the firm’s leadership team.

Nicole Haggai

Head of Systems Development View profile business_support nicole haggai

nicole joined dehns in february 2012 with 10 years prior experience in ip firms in israel and the uk. at dehns, nicole oversees systems administration and integration within the firm.

Oliver Bonser

Head of Business Development View profile business_support oliver bonser

oliver joined dehns in 2015, having worked in commercial property for the previous 12 years.

he is responsible for the management of all strategic business development and marketing activities.

Polly Shaw

Head of HR View profile business_support polly shaw

polly joined dehns in 2014 having worked in hr in commercial law firms for the previous 10 years. she is responsible for the management and delivery of strategic activity and operational services relating to hr.