Claire Morris

Senior Associate

Claire deals with a wide range of technology in the mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering, and optics fields. She has considerable experience in a broad and varied selection of fields, with particular expertise in medical devices, defence and automotive electro-mechanical components. Claire also works on cases relating to production machinery and tooling, seismic exploration and oilfield equipment, couplers and drive systems, semiconductors and nanotechnology. Claire’s practice is mostly concerned with the drafting and prosecution of patent applications before the UK and European Patent Offices (EPO), and the handling of post-grant opposition proceedings before the EPO. She represents her clients’ interests in hearings before the EPO and has significant experience advising clients on more general IP issues including design rights.

She studied at the University of Oxford (Brasenose College), graduating in 2001 with a First Class degree in Physics. During her degree, Claire was awarded an academic scholarship for her ongoing achievement. Her degree included modules in solid state physics, classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, nuclear physics and particle physics. During the final year of her degree, she specialised in medical physics, physics of the atmospheres and oceans, and astrophysics. She undertook a three month project designing and constructing an optical instrument to analyse human colour vision response in dyslexics. The project involved undertaking research in the fields of physiology, optics, materials and production engineering, as well as instrument construction.

Prior to her degree, Claire worked in the research and development department of a leading manufacturer of industrial printing equipment, where she undertook a project to introduce local language compatibility to printers. For her work on this project, Claire was awarded the Young Engineers for Britain award for the East Midlands Region.

Claire joined Carpmaels & Ransford in 2001 and qualified as a Chartered Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney in 2005.

Claire has built her own kit car and volunteered on construction and conservation projects in Africa, building bridges and planting trees. She spends her spare time with her husband, two young children and rescue dog, and enjoys the great outdoors, cycling and playing football.


  • MSci (Hons) Physics (University of Oxford)
  • Chartered Patent Attorney
  • European Patent Attorney