Sullivan read Mechatronics at the University of Leeds, where his studies included analogue and digital electronics, software engineering, microprocessor interfacing, dynamics and control theory, power electronics, robotics and machine intelligence. This broad range of technical understanding supports his main practice of drafting and prosecuting patent applications in engineering and computer-related technologies.
Before joining Keltie in 2002, Sullivan worked for two years as an Avionics Systems Engineer with a defence contractor where he was involved with system design, integration and testing of helicopters. He qualified as a Chartered and European Patent Attorney in 2008.
After eight years at Keltie, Sullivan relocated westwards as a qualified patent attorney and joined the Intellectual Property department of Dyson Technology where he was part of the team responsible for securing patent and design protection for Dyson's rapidly-expanding range of home appliance products. Sullivan returned to Keltie in May 2013, establishing Keltie’s base in the Cotswolds along with Richard Lawrence.
Sullivan now balances his practice between drafting, prosecution and infringement risk analysis work for large corporations which are key clients of Keltie, and growing Keltie’s presence in the West of England, working hand-in-hand with SMEs of various sizes to help them navigate the world of IP whilst establishing themselves commercially.
06.12.20205 minutes with Sullivan Fountain - working in-house versus private practice
The differences between in-house and private practice.