Chris is a UK and European Patent Attorney.
He joined Dehns in 1980 with a degree in physics from Southampton University, and became a partner in 1987. As well as his patent attorney qualifications, Chris is a certified litigator and is therefore qualified to conduct patent litigation in all the courts in the UK. Chris is a senior member, and former head, of our Engineering Patent Group.
Type of clients and client work
Chris handles patent work in the physics, engineering, electronics and telecommunications fields, as well as design and industrial copyright work. As well as prosecution work, he is heavily involved in many contentious matters as well as infringement/validity opinions.
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 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.
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.
Christopher handles patent work in the physics, engineering and electronics fields, as well as design and industrial copyright work. 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.
Qualifications and Memberships
- UK Registered Patent Attorney, 1984
- European Patent Attorney, 1985
- Certified Patent Attorney Litigator
- Fellow of Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys
BSc, Southampton University, Physics, 1980
Christopher has recently been recognised as a ‘Global IP Star’ in the Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars 2018 and 2019 editions.
Christopher was singled out in the IAM Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Professionals 2019 edition for being “a fantastic choice for clients seeking resolute physics, engineering and electronics representation before all courts in the United Kingdom”. He was also singled out as an "excellent oral advocate who provides canny litigation support with a solid dose of common sense” in the IAM Patent 1000 2018 ranking tables.
On qualifying as a UK patent attorney Chris was awarded the Gill prize for obtaining the highest overall marks in the UK for his patent examinations.