Steve is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys and a former elected member of its Council. He is also a European Patent Attorney and a European Trade Mark Attorney and has been practising intellectual property for thirty years.
Steve began his career with another leading Northern firm of patent and trade mark attorneys before heading to London where he joined a highly regarded firm as a qualified attorney. After several happy years in the capital, Steve returned to his native Yorkshire where he went on to serve as a partner in a well-known international firm for a decade before founding Mohun Intellectual Property.
In 1997 Steve approached the then CIPA President, Andrew Sergeant, with an idea that the Chartered Institute should set up a training course for formalities assistants. At the time, the President was sceptical that there would be any demand for such a course, but he was wise enough to give the idea a chance. A “Steering Group” was set up – initially without Steve’s participation - but it failed to make any significant progress after several months of meetings. Steve was then appointed Chairman, and oversaw the development of the course, which would refer to “Patent Administrators” in order to cover the broad range of roles for which, it was hoped, the course would be relevant. In 1998 the Steering Group invited applications for the initial 30 places. Over 100 applications were received in the first few days. After the success of the first course, it was expanded to provide more places. The Steering Group was also expanded to include some of the original “Class of 99”.