Chris joined Dehns in 1980 with a degree in physics from Southampton University, and became a partner in 1987. He is a UK and European Patent Attorney; Chris is also a certified litigator and is therefore qualified to conduct patent litigation in all the courts in the UK. Chris is a former head, of the Dehns Engineering Patent Group. He became a Consultant to the firm in 2021.
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.
Chris is one of the UK’s most experienced EPO opposition practitioners, typically representing clients in around twenty opposition and appeal hearings each year, and his success rate in these proceedings is extremely high.
In recent years Chris has 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 has also acted on a number of occasions as an expert witness in UK High Court proceedings on issues such as patent validity amendment.
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.