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Jade Watt

Patent Attorney

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Memberships
  • CIPA
  • EPI
  • IPReg
Qualifications
  • Registered UPC Representative
  • European Patent Attorney
  • Chartered Patent Attorney
  • Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary University of London
  • Master of Physics (MPhys), University of Durham

During my Master’s year, I ran a science outreach project based on quadrupole ion traps. The project aimed to improve children’s engagement with science at school and raise awareness of careers in science at a younger age. I found the public engagement side of the project the most rewarding and, having always enjoyed science, patent law seemed like the ideal way to combine the technical knowledge I learned at university with the client facing and legal aspects of protecting inventions.

I joined Boult shortly after graduating and I qualified with the firm. The range of work that we handle on a day-to-day basis is both interesting and engaging. I find that working closely with our clients is a rewarding experience, particularly where we have encountered and overcome challenging objections from the patent office(s). No two patent applications are ever the same. There is always a new topic to learn about, from airplane wings to the latest medical devices and all things in between.

 

Recent experience

Assisting in a recent EPO opposition hearing representing the patentee against two opponents, resulting in the patent being maintained in amended form, the subject-matter related to robotic arm support systems that aid users with weakened muscles against the effects of gravity.

Assisting an SME client with its growing patent portfolio in the area of sensing devices, including drafting a new application and providing advice on obtaining international protection (including Australia, Canada, China, Europe, Japan and the US).

Assisting with early preparations for upcoming hearings for a global medical company, including reviewing prior art and providing opinions on novelty/inventive step. Additionally, helping with reviewing its current applications to propose subject matter for potential new divisional applications.

Testimonials and recognitions
  • Awarded the prize for drafting in the UK qualifying examination in 2020.
  • Awarded The Michael Jones Prize for amendments in the UK qualifying examination in 2019.
Publications
Relevant Search Terms
Recommended Sites
  • https://ipkitten.blogspot.com/
  • https://www.iop.org/#gref
  • https://www.theiet.org/
Suggested Media
  • https://www.iop.org/#gref
Recognitions
  • Awarded the Michael Jones prize for amendments in the UK qualifying examination in 2019;
  • and the prize for drafting in the UK qualifying examination in 2020
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“I find that working closely with our clients is a rewarding experience, particularly where we have encountered and overcome challenging objections from the patent office(s).”
Sector Experience
Aerospace
  • Commercial aviation
  • Defence and security
  • Space and satellites
  • Unmanned aerial vehicles
Automotive
  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Electric vehicles
  • Engines
Communications and networks
  • Internet of things (IOT)
  • Oceanography, marine
  • Wired and wireless networks
Computing and software
  • Data and software security, cryptography and digital rights management (DRM)
  • Data management and storage, databases and data compression
  • Metaverse, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR)
  • Multimedia, audio/video processing and animation
  • Signal processing
  • Software applications and systems, mobile applications, user interfaces
Consumer goods and retail
  • Beauty
Electronics and electrical devices
  • Computer and IT architecture and system design
  • Medical devices
  • Optics
  • Robotics
  • Scientific instruments
  • Testing systems, control systems, signal processing
  • Wearable tech and human interfaces
Energy and green technologies
  • Renewables and recycling
  • Water, oil and gas, nuclear, fusion, fission
Industrial manufacturing and processing
  • Additive manufacturing
Materials
  • Composite materials
Medical devices and diagnostics 
  • Devices
  • Diagnostic instruments
  • Digital health
  • In vitro diagnostics
  • Medtech

During my Master’s year, I ran a science outreach project based on quadrupole ion traps. The project aimed to improve children’s engagement with science at school and raise awareness of careers in science at a younger age. I found the public engagement side of the project the most rewarding and, having always enjoyed science, patent law seemed like the ideal way to combine the technical knowledge I learned at university with the client facing and legal aspects of protecting inventions.

I joined Boult shortly after graduating and I qualified with the firm. The range of work that we handle on a day-to-day basis is both interesting and engaging. I find that working closely with our clients is a rewarding experience, particularly where we have encountered and overcome challenging objections from the patent office(s). No two patent applications are ever the same. There is always a new topic to learn about, from airplane wings to the latest medical devices and all things in between.

 

Recent experience

Assisting in a recent EPO opposition hearing representing the patentee against two opponents, resulting in the patent being maintained in amended form, the subject-matter related to robotic arm support systems that aid users with weakened muscles against the effects of gravity.

Assisting an SME client with its growing patent portfolio in the area of sensing devices, including drafting a new application and providing advice on obtaining international protection (including Australia, Canada, China, Europe, Japan and the US).

Assisting with early preparations for upcoming hearings for a global medical company, including reviewing prior art and providing opinions on novelty/inventive step. Additionally, helping with reviewing its current applications to propose subject matter for potential new divisional applications.

Testimonials and recognitions
  • Awarded the prize for drafting in the UK qualifying examination in 2020.
  • Awarded The Michael Jones Prize for amendments in the UK qualifying examination in 2019.
Publications
Relevant Search Terms
Recommended Sites
  • https://ipkitten.blogspot.com/
  • https://www.iop.org/#gref
  • https://www.theiet.org/
Suggested Media
  • https://www.iop.org/#gref
Recognitions
  • Awarded the Michael Jones prize for amendments in the UK qualifying examination in 2019;
  • and the prize for drafting in the UK qualifying examination in 2020
Additional Info

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Fast track patent programmes for green technology

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Digital signatures on assignments are acceptable at the EPO

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The EPO returns to requiring handwritten signatures on assignments

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Proposed changes to US patent law – patent eligibility, inter partes review and post grant review

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EPO introduces systematic top-up search for earlier national rights.

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Electronic signing of assignments.

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Interim declaration unavailable on queries of patent infringement

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Apportionment of costs at oral proceedings

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