Howard Read > Appleyard Lees > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

Appleyard Lees
M2 5NT

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Partner / Patent Attorney


As well as his BA (Hons) and MA in Natural Sciences, Howard has a PhD in metallurgy from the University of Cambridge.

Having worked in industry and the academic sector before joining the profession, Howard understands the challenges faced in these areas and appreciates the commercial realities of, and the value derivable from, intellectual property.

Howard is fluent in both English and Portuguese, has published a number of articles in scientific journals and been named as inventor on several patents.


English, Portuguese

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London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > PATMA: Patent attorneys

Appleyard Lees has taken its patent prosecution practice to a new level in recent years, with 2020 confirming the increase in the number of granted patents in spite of the challenges caused by the pandemic. Present in Northern England and Cambridge, the firm is close to several key UK innovation hotspots. The group is among the most active advisors on chemistry patents, in particular those involving speciality and commodity chemistry. Other core areas are the food and beverage sector, the electronics and software sectors, and the heavy industry sectors. The life sciences practice is developing well, with pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and biotechnology clients choosing the firm for prosecution work. In addition to its work for corporate clients, the practice also frequently handles patent prosecution matters for technology transfer offices and research institutions. Managing partner David Clark is the head of the practice. Howard Read in Manchester, who holds a PhD in metallurgy, made partner in April 2020.