Michael Nielsen
Associate

Michael works closely with clients, from sole inventors through to start-ups and large multinationals, helping identify patentable inventions in new products and services and developing patent portfolios from the ground up. With a background in programming and application development, Michael’s particular expertise lies in the fields of computer-implemented and software-related inventions. His academic studies and all round enthusiasm for technology of all kinds lends itself well to prosecution and opposition work across a wide spectrum of mechanical, electrical/electronic and engineering fields.

Michael joined the firm as a trainee patent attorney in 2012 after graduating from Imperial College London with a Masters in Physics with Theoretical Physics.  His studies encompassed a broad range of topics within both theoretical and experimental physics, including electronics, electromagnetism, plasma physics, computational physics and quantum mechanics.

Having been introduced to programming and computational analysis at Imperial College, Michael’s degree culminated in a Masters project. This involved focussing on cosmology and computational physics, investigating the use of position and velocity data of stars in the Milky Way. His academic pursuit of programming and computational analysis has been supplemented over the years with a hobbyist’s interest in application development and software engineering, particularly in the fields of InfoSec and cryptography, including developing a utility for generating cryptographically secure passphrases using the Diceware method, which has been released on the Mac App Store.

In his free time, Michael is an avid reader and enthusiastic musician. He collects jazz records, from the early 20th Century swing of King Oliver and Louis Armstrong, to the bebop of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.  He also has what has been called an “unhealthy obsession” with Star Wars.

Qualifications
  • MSci Physics with Theoretical Physics (ARCS)
  • CertIP Certificate in Intellectual Property Law
  • European Patent Attorney
  • Chartered Patent Attorney