BSc(Hons) Physics – University of Durham LLM (Intellectual Property Litigation) – Nottingham Law School Chartered Patent Attorney European Patent Attorney Patent Attorney Litigator
I have been a partner at Dehns in London since 2001, having joined the firm as a trainee in 1990. In addition to my role within the Engineering/Physics team, where I focus on direct-client work, I am a member of the firm’s Management Board and the Lead Partner in its Litigation Group.
Services to the Institute
Member of Council since May 2004 Chairman of the Media and Public Relations Committee A CIPA Clinician for over 15 years
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Member of the CIPA/ITMA Cricket Team
When I was first elected to Council in May 2004, not long after becoming a partner in my firm, I was one of its youngest members. Surprisingly, I still am, despite now being one of the longest-serving.
I draw a couple of conclusions from this. Firstly, CIPA must do more to encourage newly-qualified patent attorneys to become more involved in their Institute and this is something that I will promote. Secondly, and more personally, I trust that my combination of experience of Institute matters combined with that of being (I hope) in the middle of my career puts me in a good position to represent the mainstream of our profession.
My vision of CIPA is a very simple one. It should focus on its core role of being the professional and representative body for patent attorneys in the UK. In doing this, it must co-operate with sister institutes and should welcome associate and foreign members, but it should not lose that focus on its core constituency.
Chartered Patent Attorneys want to be confident that CIPA will make its voice heard on matters that affect their professional lives, whether in relation to proposed changes to IP law and practice or the regulations that affect our practice. They also want CIPA to provide them with information, training, courses and other support in relation to their careers and businesses. Unfortunately, in my experience, too much of Council’s time is spent on proposals for organizational or constitutional changes which are of little interest to Fellows and distract us from more useful work.
I will continue to do my best to direct CIPA’s efforts outwardly, towards the membership and the wider world, and try to keep us focused on that core role.
Attendance at Council Meetings: 8 out of 11 meetings (2014/15)