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Joshua McFarlane

Senior Associate

London

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  • CIPA
  • EPI
  • IET
Qualifications
  • Registered UPC Representative
  • European Patent Attorney
  • Chartered Patent Attorney
  • Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary University of London
  • MEng (Hons) Engineering Science, University of Oxford

After completing my engineering Masters degree, I worked as a Software Engineer in the telecoms sector for two years. Having gained much experience in the industry, I sought a new challenge and retrained as a Patent Attorney.

I appreciate the variety of technology in different scientific fields that my role affords. On a daily basis, I am required to get up to speed with new developments in different sectors. I also need to keep up with the relevant law, which is an area that is constantly evolving. All this means that I have to be adept at picking up new concepts very quickly and, as a result, I never tire of the work that I do.

As a Patent Attorney, I am responsible for the preparation, filing and prosecution of patent and registered design applications at the UK, European and World Intellectual Property Offices. I also regularly represent clients at Oral Proceedings before the Examining Division and Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office. I have also developed key skills in advising on infringement, validity and freedom to operate issues.

Thanks to my academic and industry background, I have experience across a range of products and technologies, including network management systems, provisioning solutions and software applications. My prior experience in industry means I am well placed to advise clients operating in software and telecommunications sectors on the commercial considerations associated with new products.

Recent experience

Assisting a client with strategic commercial issues, patentability and clearance searching, managing its large and growing patent portfolio, managing a recent acquisition and takeover of a significant number of patents and applications in the fields of event space management, virtual queuing and ticketing.

Representing a semiconductor device manufacturer in patent Appeal Oral Proceedings at the EPO.

Acting for a client in building a global portfolio of patents and registered designs relating to electronic audio-visual devices.

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  • https://www.ieee.org/
  • https://www.theitp.org/
  • https://ori.ox.ac.uk/
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“I appreciate the variety of technology in different scientific fields that my role affords. I am adept at picking up new concepts very quickly and I never tire of the work that I do.”
Sector experience
Aerospace     
  • Commercial aviation
    Defence and security
    Space and satellites
    Unmanned aerial vehicles
Artificial intelligence and machine learning
Automotive   
  • Electric vehicles
  • Engines
Communications and networks
  • Cloud computing
    Internet of things (IOT)
    Wired and wireless networks
Computing and software
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning
    Bioinformatics
    Blockchain and distributed ledgers
    Communications and networks
    Computer games
    Data and software security, cryptography and digital rights management (DRM)
    Data management and storage, databases and data compression
    Digital assistants, virtual assistants and software agents
    FinTech and AdTech
    Machine vision
    Metaverse, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR)
    Motion capture
    Multimedia, audio/video processing and animation
    Natural language processing
    Quantum computing
    Robotic process automation
    Search engines
    Signal processing
    Software applications and systems, mobile applications, user interfaces
Consumer goods and retail
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
  • Fuel cells and battery technology
    Renewables and recycling
    Water, oil and gas, nuclear, fusion, fission
Medical devices and diagnostics
  • Devices
    Diagnostic instruments
    Digital health
    In vitro diagnostics

After completing my engineering Masters degree, I worked as a Software Engineer in the telecoms sector for two years. Having gained much experience in the industry, I sought a new challenge and retrained as a Patent Attorney.

I appreciate the variety of technology in different scientific fields that my role affords. On a daily basis, I am required to get up to speed with new developments in different sectors. I also need to keep up with the relevant law, which is an area that is constantly evolving. All this means that I have to be adept at picking up new concepts very quickly and, as a result, I never tire of the work that I do.

As a Patent Attorney, I am responsible for the preparation, filing and prosecution of patent and registered design applications at the UK, European and World Intellectual Property Offices. I also regularly represent clients at Oral Proceedings before the Examining Division and Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office. I have also developed key skills in advising on infringement, validity and freedom to operate issues.

Thanks to my academic and industry background, I have experience across a range of products and technologies, including network management systems, provisioning solutions and software applications. My prior experience in industry means I am well placed to advise clients operating in software and telecommunications sectors on the commercial considerations associated with new products.

Recent experience

Assisting a client with strategic commercial issues, patentability and clearance searching, managing its large and growing patent portfolio, managing a recent acquisition and takeover of a significant number of patents and applications in the fields of event space management, virtual queuing and ticketing.

Representing a semiconductor device manufacturer in patent Appeal Oral Proceedings at the EPO.

Acting for a client in building a global portfolio of patents and registered designs relating to electronic audio-visual devices.

Publications
Relevant Search Terms
Recommended Sites
  • https://www.theiet.org/
  • https://www.ieee.org/
  • https://www.theitp.org/
  • https://ori.ox.ac.uk/
Suggested Media
  • As mentioned
Recognitions
Additional Info

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