Chartered Patent Attorney
European Patent Attorney
UK and European Design Attorney

MA Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge
LLB, Open University

Richard's introduction to IP came during postgraduate research into solid state physics at the University of Cambridge. There, he was part of a research group that made a series of inventions relating to polymeric light emitting diodes; the group later spun out a leading company in the field.

Richard has expertise in a wide range of technologies through his time in private and industrial practice. He has particular expertise in computer-related inventions and is a member of the Computer Technology Committee of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys. He has helped to obtain patent protection for significant energy saving technologies in the IT industry, such as energy-efficient smart cooling and optical interconnect for data centres, and has experience of managing IP and contractual issues associated with EU Seventh Framework funding for R&D. He also has experience in fields varying from optoelectronics to quantum information processing, from traction control to cryptography, and from liquid crystal displays to custom printing of documents.

Whilst he has advised on all areas of IP, Richard currently concentrates on patents. He is experienced in representing clients before the UKIPO and the EPO but has interests in obtaining effective protection in a broad range of jurisdictions, particularly the US. Richard's years of experience in management within a major company with a very large patent portfolio have given him an understanding of the practical difficulties of addressing IP issues within a corporate environment. They have also taught him the importance of matching a company's IP strategy to its commercial strategy.

Through his work with one of the world's major corporate research laboratories, Richard has developed a strong interest in building patent portfolios in emerging technology areas - he tries to ensure that patent portfolios are both effective and flexible enough to support a variety of different exploitation paths. Richard has also learned and developed a range of techniques for stimulating innovation in areas of strategic interest in order to enable companies to exploit their strengths effectively and to react to competitive threats.

Richard's university experience has also given him a long-term interest in the spin-out of companies backed by patent assets. He has carried out due diligence and has negotiated IP terms with investors - in some cases, where the major patent assets are cases that he has drafted himself.

Richard trained as a patent and trade mark attorney with a London firm of patent attorneys. He passed with Merit the Certificate in Intellectual Property Law from Queen Mary University of London, and qualified as a Chartered Patent Attorney, a European Patent Attorney and a Registered Trade Mark Attorney in 1994, also becoming a Member of the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys.

After qualifying, Richard moved to Hewlett-Packard, where he worked for eleven years. Richard supported many HP businesses over this period, covering fields from optoelectronics to IT consulting, and led the company's UK IP Section. Much of Richard's work at HP was with the company's corporate research lab, HP Labs, where he led the team providing IP support to HP Labs worldwide, managing attorneys in the UK and the US, and coordinating the work of attorneys in other countries. Richard played a significant role in the development of HP's worldwide patent strategy and practice.



1st January 1970


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