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Head of the electronics practice group EIP Digital and the senior partner of EIP. Works mainly in the area of telecommunications, software, electronics. Strong record in relation to opposition and appeal proceedings in the European Patent Office and has also been engaged by clients to act in high profile patent litigation cases, both in the UK and the US. He works in a wide range of technologies in the electronics sector and enjoys the challenging work of patenting computer software.
Trained Bailey Walsh & Co, Leeds; RGC Jenkins, London; qualified patent attorney 1994; partner EIP 2000. Qualified as a UK patent attorney in 1994, within two years of joining the profession after university, as one of the youngest ever to have done so (at the age of 23). Was made partner at RGC Jenkins and Co as their youngest ever partner (at the age of 27), in 1997. Founded EIP in the year 2000 as a sole practitioner. Since then the firm has expanded by organic growth, with a total of 62 staff and four offices in different parts of the UK, as the fastest growing firm in the UK during last 10 years. Key career highlights: 1) Obtaining a number of patents for client Orange which he personally drafted which cover essential standards in relation to 3G telephony and which now bring in over €1m per annum licensing revenue; 2) Appointed as lead European patent attorney in multinational patent litigation between Visto and Research in Motion (in relation to infringement of Visto's patents by the Blackberry system). Obtained key patents in Europe for Visto. Prepared key claims for US Patent and Trademark Office re-examinations, which were successfully upheld by the re-examination unit. The case was settled in 2009, with a cash settlement in favour of Visto of $267.5m (2009). Current directorships: EIP Limited. Publications of note: 'A Conventional Way to Reduce Costs in the European Patent System', 20 European Intellectual Property Review 289 (1998).
Ysgol Aberconwy, North Wales; Oxford University (1991 MA Physics, first class).
Cycling, skiing, golf.
Intellectual property; Information technology; Telecommunications