Richard is the firm’s Managing Partner with over 30 years’ experience in the patent profession, and sits within the Engineering and Tech Practice Group. Richard handles a broad range of subject matter in the mechanical and electrical engineering fields, including optics, software patents and materials. He has considerable experience in European Patent Office Oppositions and Appeal proceedings, including Hearings. He has also been involved in UK High Court and Patents County Court (IPEC) proceedings with solicitors and barristers. Richard is renowned for providing practical advice, relating to drafting decisions, infringement/enforcement problems and foreign filing strategies.
Richard’s practice covers a range of subject matter, from ‘simple engineering’, through material science related projects (carbon flywheels), to complex IT related aspects of network systems and telecommunications.
Richard also specialises in designs and design copyright matters, and understands the value of these often undervalued rights, having had considerable experience in successfully enforcing both registered and unregistered design rights.
Richard’s experience is accentuated by his membership with the Fédération International des Conseils en Propriété Industrielle (FICPI) and of the IPO Industrial Designs Committee, as well as being a regular Observer at the Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA) meetings.
Richard studied both Physics and Chemistry at University. As such, he is well placed to advise on technical subject matter across the Engineering & Tech practice, and the cross-over with material science. During his career, notable work includes successfully handling many automotive applications, particularly in the electro-mechanical area of car dashboard displays, printer inks and the engineering of inkjet/laser printers, tooling and borehole monitoring applications in the mining industry, and heavy duty engineering in the defence and aerospace environments.
- BA (Hons) Chemical Physics (University of Bristol)
- Chartered Patent Attorney
- European Patent Attorney
- European Design Attorney