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Dr Jonathan Palmer

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  • CIPA
  • EPA
Qualifications
  • Registered UPC Representative
  • European Patent Attorney
  • Chartered Patent Attorney
  • PhD Physics, University of Southampton
  • BSc (Hons) Physics with Computing, University of Southampton

I have expertise in analysing research programmes and advising on the strength of different aspects for patent protection. I am adept at engaging with clients and discussing their process and products directly with them, as well as understanding the technology and the science behind the product.

Much of my work is with companies and labs that are government-focused. I also work with a variety of smaller clients in South Oxfordshire, for whom it’s especially important to be able to provide commercially relevant advice. It’s one of the reasons why I’m involved in running seminars for companies in local science parks and labs, selecting topics of interest for scientists to provide them with a greater understanding of the patent process.

I have been a Partner at Boult since 2004 and have been fortunate to work across quite a number of different sectors and in a lot of detail, with a particular focus on physics, electronics and computer software. The latter area has always been important for me: I became an early expert in software patenting which has meant greater involvement in sectors such as biotechnology and banking. I am part of Boult’s AI team. I am currently involved in spectroscopy and optics and increasingly work in the space sector, which is a big theme – I find the technology hugely interesting because it’s so mission critical.

Being involved in the engineering and the science is what I especially enjoy in my work. I don’t actually get to be hands on, and plug and play, but I do get to see what the scientists involved are doing, first-hand. I thoroughly appreciate having the opportunity to be involved in the development of British industry and science, and taking a genuine role in supporting R&D in the UK and Europe.

Before qualifying, I worked at the Met Office with satellite remote sensing being an important part of my subsequent climate change work. Having this industrial experience makes it easier to understand what clients are trying to achieve in their businesses.

Recent experience
Testimonials and recognitions
  • Recommended individual, IAM Patent 1000, 2024, 2023, 2021
  • Global Leader, IAM Strategy 300, 2023
  • Named as a key attorney, Legal 500, 2023
  • World Leading Patent Professional, IAM Patent 1000, 2022
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“I thoroughly appreciate having the opportunity to be involved in the development of British industry and science.”
Aerospace     
  • Space and satellites
Artificial intelligence and machine learning
Automotive   
  • Electric vehicles
Biotechnology          
  • Bioinformatics
  • Next generation sequencing
Communications and networks       
  • Cloud computing
  • Internet of things (IOT)
  • Oceanography, marine
  • Wired and wireless networks
Computing and software      
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Bioinformatics
  • Communications and networks
  • Data management and storage, databases and data compression
  • Machine vision
  • Metaverse, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR)
  • Multimedia, audio/video processing and animation
  • Natural language processing
  • Quantum computing
  • Robotic process automation
  • Signal processing
  • Software applications and systems, mobile applications, user interfaces
Electronics and electrical devices    
  • Computer and IT architecture and system design
  • Medical devices
  • Optics
  • Robotics
  • Scientific instruments
  • Semiconductor devices
  • 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       
  • Nanotechnology
Medical devices and diagnostics
  • Devices
  • Diagnostic instruments
  • Medtech

I have expertise in analysing research programmes and advising on the strength of different aspects for patent protection. I am adept at engaging with clients and discussing their process and products directly with them, as well as understanding the technology and the science behind the product.

Much of my work is with companies and labs that are government-focused. I also work with a variety of smaller clients in South Oxfordshire, for whom it’s especially important to be able to provide commercially relevant advice. It’s one of the reasons why I’m involved in running seminars for companies in local science parks and labs, selecting topics of interest for scientists to provide them with a greater understanding of the patent process.

I have been a Partner at Boult since 2004 and have been fortunate to work across quite a number of different sectors and in a lot of detail, with a particular focus on physics, electronics and computer software. The latter area has always been important for me: I became an early expert in software patenting which has meant greater involvement in sectors such as biotechnology and banking. I am part of Boult’s AI team. I am currently involved in spectroscopy and optics and increasingly work in the space sector, which is a big theme – I find the technology hugely interesting because it’s so mission critical.

Being involved in the engineering and the science is what I especially enjoy in my work. I don’t actually get to be hands on, and plug and play, but I do get to see what the scientists involved are doing, first-hand. I thoroughly appreciate having the opportunity to be involved in the development of British industry and science, and taking a genuine role in supporting R&D in the UK and Europe.

Before qualifying, I worked at the Met Office with satellite remote sensing being an important part of my subsequent climate change work. Having this industrial experience makes it easier to understand what clients are trying to achieve in their businesses.

Recent experience
Testimonials and recognitions
  • Recommended individual, IAM Patent 1000, 2024, 2023, 2021
  • Global Leader, IAM Strategy 300, 2023
  • Named as a key attorney, Legal 500, 2023
  • World Leading Patent Professional, IAM Patent 1000, 2022
Publications
Relevant Search Terms
Recommended Sites
Suggested Media
Recognitions
Additional Info

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