Colin’s professional experience spans a variety of technical areas, including software- and mathematical-based technologies such as Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning, e.g. for drug discovery, electronics-based technologies such as consumer electronics and embedded electronic control system applications, and engineering technologies such as in the automotive, wind energy and agricultural sectors.
Having worked with a range of different clients from individuals and SMEs to multinational corporations, Colin has extensive experience in drafting patent applications, portfolio management and patent prosecution across many jurisdictions. He also has experience in contentious matters including oppositions at the European Patent Office, and in providing infringement and freedom-to-operate opinions.
Colin has spent time on secondment working in-house at different multinational companies: one for a total of 18 months in the automotive sector, during which time he managed prosecution activities of a patent portfolio across a range of territories, and conducted invention harvesting and inventor-liaison activities; and, another in the consumer electronics sector, where he handled prosecution activities in front of the European Patent Office and the UK Intellectual Property Office, including attending oral proceedings at the European Patent Office.
Colin qualified as a European Patent Attorney in 2017 and a Chartered (UK) Patent Attorney in 2018. He holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Strathclyde, having also completed a BSc in Mathematics there. He is a keen football fan, and co-hosts an occasional podcast on the subject.
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