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Howard is a Chartered Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney in the High Tech and Electrical Group.

Howard previously worked as a management consultant in financial services of a global consultancy firm. His technical experience in banking and IT coupled with his strong scientific background provides a deep understanding behind the current technological advances driving the world economy.

He has particular experience with computer-implemented inventions that use machine learning and artificial intelligence, blockchain and distributed ledger, cryptography, and hardware virtualisation and works with clients across multiple business sectors from financial services, telecommunications, aviation, academic institutions and their spin-out companies.

Howard has significant experience with European Oppositions and Oral Proceedings. He advises on patent infringement and validity and has substantial experience in drafting and prosecuting patent applications before the UK and European Patent Offices as well as coordinating the prosecution of foreign applications as part of larger patent portfolios.

Howard provides a strong commercial focus when advising his clients on their patent strategies. Whether working with patent departments of large multinationals or small start-ups, Howard strives to obtain the best possible patent coverage and protect his clients’ technology investments.

Howard has a BSc (Hons) Physics with Electronics and Instrumentation and a PhD Physics, both from the University of Leeds. His PhD research included the development of an ultraviolet laser-based Raman imaging microscope spectrometer.

Publications include: IAM’s Europe, Middle East and Africa Patent Prosecution Review 2024: Specialist Chapter, Patenting computer-implemented inventions at the EPO





Institute of Physics



Chartered UK Patent Attorney

European Patent Attorney

PhD Physics, University of Leeds

BSc (Hons) Physics with Electronics and Instrumentation, University of Leeds



Computer technology

Scientific instruments


Practice areas

Business methods



Mobile applications



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