Hendrik du Toit

Technical Assistant


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 lateral flow tests for point of care diagnostics.

Between his MEng, PhD and post-doctoral research, Hendrik has hands-on 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. Hendrik also has experience of prosecution in a number of other jurisdictions including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, Korea and the US.



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

  • Authorised Representative before the Unified Patent Court (UPC) (2023)
  • European Patent Attorney, 2022
  • 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

Contact details

St Bride’s House
10 Salisbury Square
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7632 7200 +44 (0)20 7353 8895


mechanical engineering