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.
27.01.2021Patents and the birth of materials informatics
In 1863, David Kirkaldy patented his ‘Universal Testing Machine’ and laid the foundations for the Materials Informatics revolution. What did his patented invention mean then, and how can materials informatics inventions be protected now?
16.12.2020Shakeel Ahmad explains the borderline of patentability.
What is and is not protectable?