John Somerton

Technical Assistant
John Somerton


John is a Technical Assistant in the Engineering Group.

He joined Dehns in 2016 following his graduation from Durham University where he received an MPhys degree in Physics. He studied a variety of topics including electronics and quantum computing and in his final year he investigated methodologies for simulating the interstellar medium and galaxy formation.

Type of clients and client work

John works on cases for many different clients, ranging from large multinationals to small companies, in a variety of territories around the world. He works with several partners and associates, providing support for all aspects of patent drafting and prosecution.


John works on cases covering a variety of subject matter within physical sciences and engineering, including electronics, medical devices and composite materials.

Qualifications and Memberships

  • Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, 2017 (Queen Mary University of London)
  • Student Member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys

Higher Education

MPhys, Physics, Durham University, 2016


John acted as the Regional Informals Secretary for Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) in the Oxfordshire region from 2017 - 2019. In this role he arranged events for trainee patent attorneys and trainee trademark attorneys from different firms across Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, and Wiltshire. He also liaised with the CIPA Council regarding matters that were of interest to those training in the profession.