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Tom works primarily in the chemical sector, with particular emphasis on materials chemistry, polymers and formulations, catalysts, chemical engineering and spectroscopy. He is involved with the preparation, filing and prosecution of patent applications at both the UK and European Patent Offices, and also assists in contentious matters such as Oppositions and Appeals before the European Patent Office.

Tom is a UK Chartered Patent Attorney, and is currently training with Beck Greener to qualify as a European Patent Attorney. Tom also contributes to the monthly update on UK patent case law for the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys journal with John Hull, Anna Hatt, Matthew Ng and Sarah-Jane Crawford.

Qualifications and memberships

  • Chartered Patent Attorney 2022
  • Cert IP Law, Queen Mary University of London 2020
  • MChem Chemistry with Honours, University of Manchester 2017
  • AMRSC, Associate member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)

Career

Tom’s Master’s thesis focused on the development and characterisation of novel hybrid organic-inorganic transition metal [3]-rotaxanes, which have potential applications as diamagnetic hosts for quantum processing. Tom also has industrial experience working for an SME in analysing the commercial applicability of novel fluorescent organic polymers in the field of security features, organic-LEDs, horticulture, polymer additives and formulations.

Publications

“Hybrid Organic–Inorganic Rotaxanes, Including a Hetero‐Hybrid [3]Rotaxane Featuring Two Distinct Heterometallic Rings and a Molecular Shuttle”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 10919.

Volunteering

A keen advocate for broadening access, Tom is involved with IP Inclusive, a cross-sector organisation working to promote and improve equality, diversity and inclusion across the IP professions. He is also on the 2021-2022 CIPA Informals Committee, providing support to trainees in the IP patent profession. Other key commitments include regular volunteer work with LGBT charities.

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