Phil Merchant

Patent Attorney

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.

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.

Recent work

  • 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.

Publications

High Tech and Electrical

High Tech and Electrical
Read my profile

Nick McLeish

Senior Partner
Head of Practice Group

Read my profile
Read my profile

Jan Harwood

Patent Assistant
 

Read my profile
Read my profile

Jade Watt

Patent Assistant
 

Read my profile
Read my profile

Malcolm Elkin

Patent Attorney
 

Read my profile
Read my profile

Susi Fish

Partner
 

Read my profile
Read my profile

Howard Sands

Partner
 

Read my profile
Read my profile

Victoria Russell

Patent Attorney
 

Read my profile
Read my profile

Simon Binnie

Patent Attorney
 

Read my profile
Read my profile

Romi Korotana

Patent Assistant
 

Read my profile
Read my profile

Rhodri Kendrick

Patent Assistant
 

Read my profile
Read my profile

Max Steinbach

Patent Assistant
 

Read my profile
Read my profile

Robert Waddingham

Patent Attorney
 

Read my profile
Read my profile

Joshua McFarlane

Patent Assistant
 

Read my profile
Read my profile

Alex Frost

Partner
 

Read my profile
Read my profile

Nicholas Widdowson

Partner
 

Read my profile
Read my profile

Katherine Brown

Patent Assistant
 

Read my profile
Read my profile

Veronika Brázdová

Patent Assistant
 

Read my profile
Read my profile

Jonathan Palmer

Partner
 

Read my profile
Read my profile

Adam Capewell

Patent Attorney
 

Read my profile
Read my profile

Sarah Gibson

Patent Attorney
 

Read my profile
Read my profile

Nigel Tucker

Partner
 

Read my profile
Read my profile

Daryl Penny

Partner
 

Read my profile
Read my profile

Jason Pelly

Partner
 

Read my profile
Read my profile

Ross Chapman

Patent Assistant
 

Read my profile
Read my profile

Simon Kahn

Partner
 

Read my profile
Read my profile

Jo Pelly

Partner
 

Read my profile
Read my profile

Laura Garlick

Patent Attorney
 

Read my profile
Phil Merchant

Contact me

Phone our  office Email me

Phone this number +44 118 956 5900

Email this address pmerchant@boult.com

My location

My location

The Anchorage
34 Bridge Street
Reading
RG1 2LU

Sectors and practice areas

Sectors

  • Aeronautics
  • Chromatography systems
  • Electronics
  • Medical devices
  • Semiconductor devices
  • Telecommunications

Practice areas

  • Digital content distribution
  • Business methods
  • Engineering
  • Physics

Memberships

  • CIPA

Qualifications

  • 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

Find another attorney