Nick is a Chartered Patent Attorney and a European Patent Attorney and Head of the firm’s High Tech and Electrical Group. He has been a Partner since 1995 and served as Managing Partner from 2011 to 2014.
Nick has special expertise of patent applications in the fields of medical devices and instrumentation, aeronautical systems, nuclear physics, laser technology, material science and film technology, automotive systems, packaging technology, microwave technology, navigational systems and software and semiconductor fabrication.
Nick is frequently involved in advising and representing clients during opposition and appeal proceedings at the European Patent Office. He is also experienced in litigating Patents in the High Court as a part of a legal team and advising clients on contentious matters in general.
Nick has a BSc Physics from Manchester University and a postgraduate certificate in Intellectual Property Law from Queen Mary, University of London. He is also a chartered physicist.
European Patent Attorney
Chartered Patent Attorney
BSc Physics from Manchester University
Postgraduate certificate in Intellectual Property Law from Queen Mary, University of London
Recommended individual, JUVE patent UK Patent Filings 2021
"Highly recommended" Global Law Experts 2021 Handbook
Recommended individual, JUVE Patent, 2020
Recognised in the IAM Global Leader list, 2020.
Recognised by Legal Comprehensive as a Top 100 Lawyer 2016/2017
Star performer Nick McLeish is “known for his excellent skills in oppositions. One of the best things about him is that he stops and listens; he never just jumps in. He understands the law, the facts and the situation at hand, and consistently comes up with smart approaches”.' IAM Patent 1000, 2016
Nick McLeish “is superlatively skilled when it comes to oppositions”; he and many of his colleagues take hands-on roles in litigation occurring in parallel to their European Patent Office (EPO) assignments. IAM Patent 1000, 2015
500 Leading Lawyers, Intercontinental Finance Magazine 2015
Nick McLeish is “top of the bill for European prosecution”. His excellence in oppositions is singled out for particular praise. IAM Patent 1000, 2014
Lead Partner, UK Best Law Firms ,Leaders League Magazine, 2018
2019 ICFM Top 50 Global Law Experts, Intercontinental Finance and Law