A former software engineer, Nick is recognised as an expert in patent drafting and prosecution, and designs, in areas as diverse as consumer electronics, broadcasting devices, renewable energy, oil exploration, artificial intelligence and Fintech. Much in demand for his pragmatic and innovative advice on patent strategy, he is appreciated by clients for his responsiveness and practical understanding of their business drivers.
An expert in strategic IP advice, Nick is regularly called upon to advise large companies at C-suite level on developing firmwide patent strategies and to lead invention harvesting sessions (identifying potentially patentable inventions developed by the firm’s engineers). He also focuses on portfolio management and patent drafting and prosecution throughout the world, as well as advising clients on freedom to operate searches and helping them to obtain design protection for their products globally.
Nick’s clients span a broad range from large multinational corporations to SMEs and start-ups. He is experienced in helping small entities to build focused and commercially relevant patent portfolios within typically tight budgetary constraints, to protect their investment in their technology. As companies expand, Nick’s commercial skills can help them to enter new markets and maximise the value of their business going forward.
Nick’s major areas of work include consumer electronics, set-top boxes and digital broadcasting devices, as well as high-tech electronic testing, control and communications systems. He also has extensive experience in cleantech, including renewables and battery storage technology, smart grids, and control and optimisation systems. On the mechanical side, Nick has worked with composite materials and oil exploration products and processes. He also has extensive experience in the computing and software-related fields, including AI, the Internet of Things and Blockchain.
Qualifications and memberships
- Chartered Patent Attorney 2007
- European Patent Attorney 2006
- Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary College, University of London 2004
- M. Eng. in Electrical and Information Sciences, University of Cambridge 1998
- Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)