James Hull



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.



James handles patent work in a variety of engineering fields, including aeronautical / aerospace 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

Contact details

The Brinell Building
30 Station Street
United Kingdom

+44 (0)1273 244 200 +44 (0)20 7353 8895


mechanical engineering, physics, dispute resolution, designs