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.
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
LLM (2003) and Post-Graduate Certificate (2004), Intellectual Property Litigation, Nottingham Law School
BSc, Physics, University of Durham, 1990
Rob was recently highlighted in the Patent 1000 IAM 2023 edition where it was noted that he “is highly knowledgeable on IP matters and can give high-value advice in cases which are outside-the-box. He is a trusted adviser and always delivers high-quality products”. In the IAM 2022 edition, Rob was highlighted as being one of “the stars of the Engineering Group” and was noted for “undertaking original drafting for a diverse range of clients across the UK, the US and Scandinavia.”
Rob was also 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.
Robert will be attending AIPLA in DC from 19th – 21st October. Please contact him if you’d like to arrange a meeting.