Phil is a Chartered Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney and European Design Attorney in the High Tech and Electrical Group.
Phil has experience in the drafting and prosecution of patent applications in the UK, Europe and worldwide. Phil has also been involved in multiple opposition proceedings before the EPO and a number of freedom-to-operate and due diligence projects.
Phil regularly works with inventors as well as small businesses and large global organisations, with subject matter ranging from mechanical devices to computer-implemented inventions. He has particular interest in the patentability of business methods and software inventions and regularly advises clients in this area with the likes of software patents.
Phil has an MPhys degree from the University of Oxford and a PhD in Condensed Matter Physics from University College London. His scientific work and expertise was based in the field of Quantum Magnetism, with a research focus on excitations and criticality in low-dimensional spin systems. His experimental work included development of neutron scattering techniques and instrumentation, using large-scale facilities at the Institut Laue–Langevin in Grenoble and the Paul Scherrer Institut in Switzerland.
Phil was awarded the best mark in Europe for patent drafting in the European Qualifying Examination, in 2016.
- Worked as part of a team with in-house inventors and counsel from a major heavy industry client, to draft a complex family of patent applications related to a new product.
- Repeated success for a digital content distribution client in overcoming patentable subject-matter objections at examination oral proceedings before the EPO.
- Successfully defended a patent for a major aerospace client at an opposition hearing before the EPO.
- Assisted in a focused due diligence project to advise on validity and infringement of patents relating to tools for personal hygiene.
The ICEC-ICMC Conference
December 2014 – Seminar, ‘FRAND licensing’
November 2014 – Seminar, ‘Recent U.S. developments in case law around software and business methods’
High Tech and Electrical
34 Bridge Street
Sectors and practice areas
- Chromatography systems
- Medical devices
- Semiconductor devices
- Digital content distribution
- Business methods
- European Patent Attorney
- European Design Attorney
- Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary University of London
- PhD Condensed Matter Physics, University College London
- MPhys Physics, University of Oxford
- Chartered Patent Attorney
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