Nicholas is a Chartered Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney with a varied background spanning electronic, mechanical and medical technologies. Nick is therefore well placed to advise in areas that combine contributions from differing fields. His practice involves drafting and prosecuting patent applications that relate to medical and diagnostic devices, control systems, display technologies, mobile devices, automotive engineering, aeronautical engineering, heavy machinery and consumer packaging. Nick also regularly represents clients at Oral Proceedings before the Examining and Opposition divisions of the European Patent Office. In addition to filing and prosecution work, he also gives advice on infringement and validity issues and provides freedom-to-operate opinions.
Beyond Europe, Nick is experienced in co-ordinating the prosecution of patent applications in a range of jurisdictions. Nick also regularly files registered design applications and co-ordinates design filing programmes in multiple jurisdictions.
Nick has an MEng (Hons) Engineering from Durham University where he studied the full range of Engineering disciplines and specialised in Electronic Engineering. During Nick’s PhD at Durham University he researched organic electroluminescent devices. He subsequently worked as a research associate in the field of micro electro-mechanical systems. In addition to academic research, Nick also has experience of commercial research having worked for a multi-national company researching quality metrics for compression algorithms.
"Nick Widdowson is also a key figure and assisted Intelligent Fingerprinting with the development of its patent portfolio." Legal 500, 2018
“Nick Widdowson has a clear understanding of our portfolio requirements and business strategy and advises in a very precise manner at all times,” a client notes. Another client adds that Widdowson impresses with his “high attention to detail and thorough job” during prosecution." Client comment, MIP IP Stars Patent editorial, 2018
Boult Wade Tennant was ranked Tier One by Legal 500 for both Patent and Trade Mark groups in 2020 and Nick was recognised as a key attorney.