Mark Bell

senior associate

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.

Contact details

Willow Court
West Way
Oxford
OX2 0JB
United Kingdom

+44 (0)1865 305 100 +44 (0)20 7353 8895

Department

engineering

Articles by Mark Bell

Unitary patent system back on track? Unitary patent system back on track? 01 Dec 2020 3 min read UK formally withdraws from Unified Patent Court UK formally withdraws from Unified Patent Court 20 Jul 2020 3 min read I spy with my little AI I spy with my little AI 29 Apr 2020 3 min read LEGO endures the test of time LEGO endures the test of time 29 Jan 2020 3 min read The use of NDAs in IP The use of NDAs in IP 09 Nov 2018 5 min read Obtaining patents for artificial intelligence and machine learning in Europe Obtaining patents for artificial intelligence and machine learning in Europe 05 Nov 2018 4 min read Patent planning for a “no deal” Brexit Patent planning for a “no deal” Brexit 25 Sep 2018 6 min read Patents filed for space station research Patents filed for space station research 14 Sep 2018 3 min read UK now officially member of international design system UK now officially member of international design system 13 Jun 2018 3 min read Xiaomi making waves in the West Xiaomi making waves in the West 08 May 2018 4 min read Apple faced with dual-camera dual-patent duels Apple faced with dual-camera dual-patent duels 04 May 2018 4 min read Chinese companies increase use of international patent system Chinese companies increase use of international patent system 13 Apr 2018 4 min read When inventions come to life When inventions come to life 13 Apr 2018 3 min read UK ratifies Hague Agreement for industrial designs UK ratifies Hague Agreement for industrial designs 14 Mar 2018 3 min read Statistical highlights from the European Patent Office’s annual report Statistical highlights from the European Patent Office’s annual report 09 Mar 2018 4 min read Marginal gains come to Norwegian fish farming Marginal gains come to Norwegian fish farming 23 Feb 2018 3 min read Protection for GUIs restricted to specific hardware carriers in China Protection for GUIs restricted to specific hardware carriers in China 07 Sep 2018 4 min read 3D printing matures using molecular science 3D printing matures using molecular science 01 Dec 2017 3 min read It’s no longer like painting the Forth Bridge It’s no longer like painting the Forth Bridge 01 Dec 2017 3 min read Air to ground re-fuelling? Air to ground re-fuelling? 31 Oct 2017 4 min read Car makers hit back at flat licence fees for patents Car makers hit back at flat licence fees for patents 31 Oct 2017 3 min read Inspired inventions Inspired inventions 06 Oct 2017 3 min read EU looks to draw up uniform model for patent licence fees EU looks to draw up uniform model for patent licence fees 06 Oct 2017 4 min read Cracked phone screen? Let it heal itself! Cracked phone screen? Let it heal itself! 24 Aug 2017 3 min read Samsung clears first hurdle against Apple Samsung clears first hurdle against Apple 04 Aug 2017 3 min read Qualcomm takes Apple to the ITC Qualcomm takes Apple to the ITC 07 Jul 2017 3 min read Apple signs Nokia licence agreement to resolve patent litigation Apple signs Nokia licence agreement to resolve patent litigation 07 Jun 2017 3 min read Can the new £1 coin have both “secret” and “patented” features? Can the new £1 coin have both “secret” and “patented” features? 28 Mar 2017 4 min read Abstract Smartflash patents invalidated as Apple bites back Abstract Smartflash patents invalidated as Apple bites back 03 Mar 2017 3 min read Assessment of damages for Apple and Samsung rumbles on Assessment of damages for Apple and Samsung rumbles on 09 Feb 2017 3 min read Has Apple invented a transparent phone? Has Apple invented a transparent phone? 16 Jan 2016 4 min read MRI machine deemed to be an “abstract idea” MRI machine deemed to be an “abstract idea” 09 Jan 2017 5 min read The IP Podcast (Ep: 16) – Oxford University Innovation: Life at a Technology Transfer Office The IP Podcast (Ep: 16) – Oxford University Innovation: Life at a Technology Transfer Office 18 Sep 2020 3 min read The IP Podcast (Ep:12) – Patent Infringement (Part 2) The IP Podcast (Ep:12) – Patent Infringement (Part 2) 21 Aug 2020 3 min read The IP Podcast (Ep:11) – Patent Infringement (Part 1) The IP Podcast (Ep:11) – Patent Infringement (Part 1) 14 Aug 2020 3 min read The IP Podcast (Ep. 10) – Freedom to Operate (FTO) The IP Podcast (Ep. 10) – Freedom to Operate (FTO) 30 Jul 2020 2 min read The IP Podcast (Ep.8): The Patent Box The IP Podcast (Ep.8): The Patent Box 17 Jul 2020 3 min read The IP Podcast (Ep. 7): Getting your patents granted overseas The IP Podcast (Ep. 7): Getting your patents granted overseas 10 Jul 2020 2 min read The IP Podcast (Ep. 6): How to get your patent application granted – part 2 The IP Podcast (Ep. 6): How to get your patent application granted – part 2 03 Jul 2020 3 min read The IP Podcast (Ep.5): How to get your patent application granted – part 1 The IP Podcast (Ep.5): How to get your patent application granted – part 1 26 Jun 2020 2 min read The IP Podcast (Ep.4): The patent application process The IP Podcast (Ep.4): The patent application process 18 Jun 2020 2 min read The IP Podcast (Ep.3): Who owns what? The IP Podcast (Ep.3): Who owns what? 11 Jun 2020 2 min read The IP Podcast (Ep.2): Keep things confidential – for now The IP Podcast (Ep.2): Keep things confidential – for now 09 Jun 2020 2 min read The IP Podcast (Ep.1): Capturing your innovations The IP Podcast (Ep.1): Capturing your innovations 09 Jun 2020 3 min read