Avi Freeman

Partner

Expertise & Experience
Avi heads the electronics, physics and mechanical engineering team and specialises in cases related to physics and electronics. He is experienced in obtaining and advising on patent protection for computer hardware and software.  Avi drafts and prosecutes patent applications relating to optics, communications, and electronic and mechanical devices in both the light and heavy engineering fields.  Avi also advises on both registered and unregistered design protection.

Avi is skilled at drafting, filing and prosecuting cases at the European Patent Office and at the UK Intellectual Property Office for multinational corporations. He has comprehensive experience of post-grant procedures at the EPO, including handling oppositions and appeals with a high success rate.  Avi also has a large caseload before international patent offices, particularly the USPTO, where he prosecutes applications on behalf of direct clients with the assistance of local counsel.

Avi takes great satisfaction in helping start-ups and young companies, specifically when the IP infrastructure he has helped to create supports their growth. He also enjoys working with international hi-tech companies, either directly or through local patent attorneys.

Avi writes and publishes in the field of computer-implemented inventions, and travels widely to the US, Asia and the Middle East speaking and presenting on matters of European law, ranging from general developments such as the European unitary patent, to the more specific, such as the European and UK approach to the protection of computer implemented inventions.

Recommendations & Testimonials
"Avi is very knowledgeable and very strong on patents. He is good at spotting things that we might overlook".
Head of Design, UK subsidiary of US-headquartered manufacturing conglomerate

"Avi has exceptional tech and patent knowledge. He runs a great specialist team of associates, who always deliver top-quality work to brief and budget".
Client testimonial, Legal 500 UK 2021

"Avi is both highly competent and professional, an excellent communicator, and, better yet, is extremely commercially aware". 

"Avi has a very close working relationship with our business and provides a good service in terms of time to deliver and the highly detailed reporting that is produced.  He has taken the time to understand our products and approach while adding real value to us".
Client testimonial, Legal 500 UK 2021

Avi is listed as a band one individual in Chambers & Partners 2021 and again recommended in Legal 500 UK 2021.

“Avi speaks the language of software clients and is a percipient adviser on unregistered designs issues”.  IAM patent 1000 2021.

Professional Qualifications
Chartered Patent Attorney 2000
European Patent Attorney 2001
European Design Attorney 2001

Academic Qualifications
BSc Physics, University of Bristol 1995
MSc Management of Intellectual Property, Queen Mary College, University of London 1997