Dr Mike Barlow awarded OBE for services to intellectual property

Published: 4 January 2010
By: Peter Prowse

Dr Mike Barlow, a patent attorney who works in Woking, Surrey, is made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2010 New Year’s honours list, for his services to intellectual property.


“We warmly congratulate Mike on his OBE,” said John Brown, President of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys. “Mike’s honour is justly deserved and is the latest in a string of achievements over many years of making a huge contribution to the IP profession, including serving as a Council Member of CIPA.

“We are also pleased to see that other contributors to British manufacturing, business development and knowledge transfer have also been honoured,” he added. “Notably Dr Alison Campbell, managing director of King’s College London Business, who also receives an OBE; Dr Colin Harrison, who is made a CBE for his work as Chairman of the Chemistry Innovation Knowledge Transfer Network; and both Andrew Ritchie, Technical Director of Brompton Bicycle Ltd and Richard Wright, CEO of Intertius, who are made MBEs for their services to manufacturing.”

“These honours reflect innovation, manufacturing and intellectual property’s importance to the UK’s economy and international competitiveness,” John Brown continued. “Recent reports show that UK manufacturing is once again cost-competitive with emerging economies, such as China and Eastern Europe, and is recognised as being of high quality. And British universities now top international league tables for research in science, engineering and, increasingly, for knowledge transfer.”

Mike Barlow, who is now a partner at IP consultancy Fairoaks, based in Woking, has an MA and D.Phil from the University of Oxford in Chemistry and is a qualified UK and European patent attorney. From 1995 to 2008 he was Head of BP international’s global patents and technology law group in which role he led BP’s patenting activity. He is a Past-President of the IP Federation and is currently a Vice-President and Chair of its Patents Committee. Until recently he was Chair of the European Chemical Industry’s IP Task Force and a Council member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys. Mike was a co-author of the 2003 Royal Society study on the effect of IP on science and continues to advise the UK government on patents policy both nationally and internationally.