Chartered Patent Attorney
European Patent Attorney
UK Design Attorney
BSc Electronics with Computer Science, University College Swansea
DPhil Biomedical Engineering, University of Sussex
Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Shakeel (Shak) founded Keltie's IT, Telecoms and Electronics practice over 20 years ago and heads up a talented team who advise on patent issues regarding various areas of technology, but primarily in electronic and software technology.
Shak has specific experience and interest in software-related technology from graphical user interface generation, data encryption and security through to virtual gaming technology, software platform integration and app development. He has developed a niche practice for software inventions which are in areas on the borderline of patentability and this has fuelled the growth of his Financial Technology (Fintech) practice. Shak's experience extends to mobile telecommunications including standards technology, biometric parameter measurement devices, electronic gaming including lottery systems, vehicle telemetry including autonomous vehicle systems and infrastructure, data communications including messaging technology and microprocessor design including AI chip design.
Shak enjoys the variety of intellectual property and has established a broad practice which includes drafting and prosecuting patent applications around the world to grant, litigating patents in the UK and US, handling contentious oppositions before the EPO and undertaking due diligence for various M&A and IPO activities. He has even commercialised intellectual property assets including successfully listing and sell a software patent portfolio in an international IP auction. Shak has handled many design matters from contentious Community Design invalidity proceedings to advising on unregistered design rights.
Shak enjoys the diversity of working for a range of clients from large corporates to start-up companies; each requiring a different skill set for maximising the commercial benefits of various national patent laws. He has also produced papers and lectured on the protection of software inventions in Europe.
Shak joined Keltie in 1997, becoming a Partner in 2000. From 1984 to 1987, he read Electronics with Computer Science at University College Swansea, University of Wales and graduated as a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours. He then went to the University of Sussex to undertake research in the field of Biomedical Engineering. Shak was awarded a doctorate (DPhil) for his research.
What people think about Shakeel
Shak has been referenced in several industry directories:
Legal 500 2015: "'technically very competent' and has a particular interest in software related technology".
IAM Patent 1000 2016: “Shakeel Ahmad heads the IT, telecommunications and electronics team; he knows the ins and outs of UKIPO actions and has singular experience in computer graphics generation, mobile, digital audio and video processing matters.”
Legal 500 Patents 2017: “Shakeel Ahmad leads the software practice and is a recommended fintech practitioner; he acted for Certicom Corp in defending an opposition to its key standards patent by Infineon Technologies.”
IAM Patent 1000 2018: "the strategic insight and commitment to excellence that Shak demonstrates has made him much in demand among ambitious right holders"
IAM Patent 1000 2019: “Shakeel Ahmad helms the IT, telecommunications and electronics practice with a steady hand. His drafting, prosecution and strategy encompass future fields, including fintech, 4G and microprocessor design – work that is unlikely to dry up soon, given his outstanding reputation in the market.”
IAM Patent 1000 2021: “Further software know-how comes from Shakeel Ahmad and Richard Lawrence. Ahmad leads the IT, telecommunications and electronics teams and has a diverse practice which includes growing specialisms in fintech and 4G.”
Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) has listed Shak as an IP Star each year from 2015 to 2022.
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