Paul has again been recommended in the 2016 edition of the Legal 500 which notes that he “excels at contentious matters such as EPO oppositions".
Paul leads the Hi-tech team which has again been commended in the 2016 edition of the Legal 500 for its “strength in the telecoms and semiconductor sectors”. His clients include international blue-chip organisations, fledgling and spin-out companies and universities.
Although Intellectual Property issues are often dauntingly complex, particularly in the area of high technology, Paul’s wealth of experience enables him to cut through the complex minefield of Intellectual Property issues and present clear business choices to his clients.
Paul read natural sciences at Cambridge University majoring in Experimental and Theoretical Physics and then took a post-graduate degree in Semiconductor Science and Electronic Engineering at Imperial College, London.
Paul has over 15 years' experience in the Patent profession. During this time he has worked as a Patent Attorney drafting hundreds of Patent applications and Patent oppositions and also as Senior IPR Counsel at Nokia, where he was heavily involved in Patent licensing and litigation.
Paul finds that clients value the high quality, prompt delivery and competitive prices provided by his team and also Paul’s commercial real-life experience and strategic insights. He has a very strong focus on pro-actively providing creative, relevant and understandable Intellectual Property services.
Paul has particular technical expertise in: telecommunications, electronics and microelectronics, semiconductors, software and computer systems, nanotechnology and medical devices.
Paul lives in Belper, Derbyshire, with his wife and young family.
“One of my favourite inventions is the integrated circuit, which enables millions of electronic components to be integrated into a small piece of silicon. This invention not only enabled the technological revolution but has legal interest because there was a Patent dispute over who invented it - Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments or Robert Noyce of Fairchild Semiconductor.”
Robert has been recommended in the 2016 edition of the Legal 500.
Robert joined the firm in 1985. A graduate in Exploration Science from the University of Nottingham, he became a partner in 1993. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Agents, a Member of the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys and a European Patent Attorney and Trade Mark Attorney.
Robert works very closely with the firm’s trade mark team which has been commended in the 2016 edition of the Legal 500 with “handles portfolios as well as disputes, and its clients are routinely impressed by its industry knowledge and ability to do the work”. Robert has considerable experience in assisting clients across a broad range of mechanical and chemical fields. In particular he has spent many years advising the pottery and ceramics industries in relation to all areas of Intellectual Property. He has primary responsibility for the firm’s Stoke-on-Trent office.
Outside work Robert enjoys playing and watching football, including managing Swindell & Pearson Ltd Strollers FC, a very moderate five-a-side team. He also enjoys the outdoor life, and particularly any opportunity to ascend or descend mountains, whether on foot or on skis.
“I enjoy a range of different inventions, and I never fail to be impressed by the jet engine and how it can lift me and others off the ground and transport us rapidly around the world. The ability of satellite navigation to follow me even into the smallest street in Stoke-on-Trent is also I believe a fine achievement”.
Nick has again been recommended in the 2016 edition of the Legal 500.
Nick began his career in Intellectual Property in 1989 joining the firm with a first class degree in Biochemistry from the University of Sheffield. He was awarded the 1995 prize for Patent drafting by the Chartered Institute of Patent Agents. After achieving full qualification in both Patents and Trade Marks as separate disciplines, Nick spent a couple of years as an in-house Attorney in the Intellectual Property Department for the international biosciences company Zeneca (now AstraZeneca).
Nick re-joined the firm as a Partner at the beginning of 1999 and for the last 15 years has lead the firm’s Trade Mark Team which has again been commended in the 2016 edition of the Legal 500 with comments like “handles portfolios as well as disputes’ and ‘its clients are routinely impressed by its industry knowledge and ability to do the work”.
Nick is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Agents, a Member of the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys, a European Patent Attorney and a European Trade Mark Attorney. He is also a member of INTA, PTMG, ECTA and Marques and has lectured to students of the profession on formal qualification courses.
Nick has over 25 years of experience in assisting his clients in often complex and intricate intellectual property matters. His work is on a truly International scale involving the preparation, acquisition and enforcement of his clients’ IP rights around the globe. Nick has always held the belief that it is invaluable to develop a deep understanding of a client’s business so that his advice can be as tailored, relevant and valuable as possible. With such sound philosophy Nick has worked with the majority of his clients for many years, in disciplines as diverse as pharmaceuticals, composites, materials science, FMCG, ceramics, confectionery and the service industries. Nick enjoys his time outside of the office with his wife and two sons.
Kieron has again been recommended in the 2016 edition of the Legal 500.
Kieron who lives in Derbyshire serves both the Sheffield and Derby offices. He qualified as a Trade Mark Attorney in the 2003 exams and has worked for the firm since 2007.
Kieron’s interests include walking in the Peak District with his family, 17th Century History and his three cats. “I am particularly lucky living and working so close to such beautiful countryside in and around Sheffield and Derby“.
Kieron is a Member of the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys, the International Trademark Association, various other professional bodies and is a Registered Trade Mark Attorney, a European Trade Mark Attorney and a Registered Designs Attorney.
Kieron is a member of the trade mark team which has again been commended in the 2016 edition of the Legal 500 with “handles portfolios as well as disputes, and its clients are routinely impressed by its industry knowledge and ability to do the work”.
Kieron undertakes a wide variety of contentious and non contentious trade mark work especially at the UK Trade Mark Registry (UKIPO) where he handles both ex parte hearings and inter parte hearings, and at the Community Trade Mark Registry and overseas.
Christine graduated from Cambridge University in 2003 after obtaining an MSci in Physics and joined Swindell and Pearson the same year. She was promoted to IP director in 2011.
Christine has substantial experience of preparing patent applications suitable for worldwide prosecution and of managing patent portfolios for multi-national corporations. As part of the hi-tech team her specialist areas of technology include telecommunications and computer implemented inventions particularly user interface technology and inventions relating to business methods.
Outside work, Christine is a member of City of Derby swimming club. She has competed at national and international masters competitions and broken British records as part of a relay team.
“A Patent which I find interesting is US6028990 which relates to a flux capacitor, although there is no mention of whether or not this particular flux capacitor makes time travel possible”.
Scott has been recommended in the 2016 edition of the Legal 500.
Scott joined Swindell & Pearson Ltd in 2003 after obtaining a first class master’s degree in Physics from Imperial College London. He was promoted to IP Director in 2011.
Scott’s client base includes SMEs and multinational corporations. His practice encompasses a number of fields of technology, including: software, electronics, optics, telecommunications and mechanical devices. Scott is a member of the firm’s Hi-tech team which has been commended in the 2016 edition of the Legal 500 for its “strength in the telecoms and semiconductor sectors”.
Scott is committed to providing clear, understandable advice to his clients to enable them to achieve their commercial goals. He specializes in optimizing his clients’ patent protection and helping his clients to break into new markets.
Scott is responsible for ensuring that the firm is kept abreast of changes in foreign patent law (for example, in the US, Japan, China and Korea). This makes him well placed to advise foreign attorneys on the nuances of European and UK patent law in a manner that they readily understand, helping them to optimize their clients’ patent protection in Europe and the UK.
Outside work, Scott enjoys playing sport and travelling. At weekends he can often be found at Molineux Stadium, home to Wolverhampton Wanderers FC. Scott has a good knowledge of Spanish, having spent a year studying physics at La Universidad de Cantabria in Spain.
“One of my favourite inventions is the contact lens. It looks like such a simple object, yet it has taken a huge amount of research to produce a contact lens that can be worn for days or even weeks at a time without discomfort”.
Martin has again been recommended in the 2016 edition of the Legal 500.
Martin entered the patent profession in 2003 after obtaining a Masters degree (First Class) in Physics with Astrophysics at the University of Bristol. He initially trained and professionally qualified with a leading firm of Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys in London before joining Swindell & Pearson in 2010. He was promoted to IP Director in 2013.
Martin is a member of the firm’s Hi-tech team which has again been commended in the 2016 edition of the Legal 500 for its “strength in the telecoms and semiconductor sectors”. Martin handles patent applications in a broad range of technologies including telecommunications and computer implemented inventions. He drafts and prosecutes patent applications before the UK Intellectual Property Office “UKIPO” and the European Patent Office “EPO” (and has attended Oral Proceedings, Appeals and Oppositions before the EPO). He also has extensive experience of international prosecution and working with foreign associates.
Outside of work Martin enjoys: travel, walking, cricket, real ale and pottery.
Marcus recognizes that clients require intellectual property services tailored to suit their commercial goals and budgets, from bespoke solutions addressing particular business challenges to three-hundred-and-sixty degree protection for priority projects.
Marcus read Natural Sciences at Cambridge University. He stayed on to do postgraduate research in physics, before training to become a patent attorney.
Marcus has been in the patent profession for over two decades. He has worked as a patent attorney in London and Munich, and was an in-house attorney for more than 10 years at Black & Decker (now, Stanley Black & Decker). Marcus has particular experience of protecting fast-moving consumer goods with product design protection and of oral hearings before the European Patent Office. Marcus also has French and German languages.
Although Marcus’s particular technical expertise is in the fields of optics and instrumentation, he is qualified to handle a broad range of technical areas, including engineering, materials science applications and electronics. His clients include smaller start-up companies and well-established manufacturing companies.
Outside work, Marcus enjoys art and antiques, and spending time with his family. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, and is currently serving as Chairman of the Scientific Instrument Society.
“Amongst my favourite inventions are the reflecting telescope, the van Leeuwenhoek single-lens microscope, the balance spring watch and the pendulum clock. Within the space of just a decade, in the middle of the seventeenth century, these four inventions transformed our ability to observe and measure the world around us.”
Antony joined the Intellectual Property profession in 1990 after gaining a degree in Civil Engineering and working as a Civil Engineer for two years. Antony worked for a range of Intellectual Property companies before joining Swindell & Pearson in 2016.
Antony works primarily in the field of trade marks and has substantial experience in connection with trade mark clearance, acquisition of trade mark rights, prosecution and defence of trade mark oppositions, and other contentious and non-contentious matters in the UK, on a Europe wide level, and internationally. Antony is also experienced in connection with mechanical patenting before the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO), the European Patent Office (EPO) and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), and in connection with Registered Designs and Unregistered Design Rights.
Outside the office Antony enjoys cooking and reading.
Katy joined Swindell & Pearson Ltd in 2008 and is a Trade Mark Attorney. Katy previously qualified as a Solicitor in 2003 and practised as a Solicitor before deciding to join a firm of trade mark and patent attorneys. As a result of this change of profession, Katy is not currently on the Roll of Solicitors.
Katy works at both the Derby and Sheffield offices and is a member of both the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys and the International Trademark Association.
Katy has substantial experience of trade mark matters, including conducting trade mark clearance searches, advising on brand strategy, filing trade mark applications, dealing with trade mark oppositions, invalidations and revocations, negotiating co-existence agreements and managing trade mark portfolios.
Outside of work Katy enjoys salsa dancing, swimming and cycling.
Ian joined Swindell & Pearson in 2008 after graduating from the University of Nottingham with a first class MSci degree in Physics and Astronomy followed by a Ph.D. in Astronomy from the same university.
Ian works primarily in the field of electronics, telecommunications, software, aerospace and mechanical engineering but has experience in patents relating to a wide range of technology areas.
Ian has a great deal of experience in managing multi-national patent families including the prosecution of patent applications in key areas such as the US, Europe, China and Japan. Ian works with clients ranging from individuals and SMEs to large multinational companies advising them on how to manage their patent applications to obtain the best possible scope of protection for their inventions.
Outside of work Ian enjoys watching and playing most sports and playing the guitar. He also enjoys spending time with his wife and young family.
“A patent I find interesting is US1781541 which is for a refrigeration system. It is not the subject of the patent that I find particularly interesting, rather the inventor. This refrigeration system was patented by Albert Einstein.”
As a graduate from Nottingham University, Paul joined GEC as an engineer working on the production and development of a number of electro-optical imaging devices.
Paul is a Chartered Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney. He is experienced in drafting and prosecuting patents for a wide variety of technologies, in the fields of physics, mechanical devices and electromechanical devices.
Outside of work, Paul has an interest in many sports and regularly takes part in organised runs. When his spare time is not consumed by DIY projects, Paul has enjoyed painting in oils for over twenty years.
Born in Sheffield, one of Paul’s favourite inventions is stainless steel. “This material is so widely used and probably irreplaceable in today’s world. The invention’s story started in 1913 with one Sheffielder, Harry Brierley, and continued with another Sheffielder, W H Hatfield, who developed the 18/8 stainless steel still made today.”
Prior to joining Swindell & Pearson Ltd in September 2008 Richard spent six years in industry designing and developing hardware and software for cutting edge scientific instrumentation. His work led to the patenting of advanced meteorological sensor systems.
Richard has a first class degree in Engineering Physics, a PhD in Materials Analysis, carried out in collaboration with a major steel manufacturer, and an NVQ4 in Management.
Richard has many years of experience in dealing with inventions in a wide range of technologies in the fields of physics, electrical and mechanical engineering and electronics from clients including individuals, universities, small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and multinational corporations.
Richard is committed to understanding his client’s commercial objectives and providing solutions to help meet those objectives.
Outside of work Richard enjoys days out with his family, reading and playing football.
Simon joined Swindell & Pearson in May 2011, and has since qualified as a European Patent Attorney. He has experience in drafting and prosecuting patents for a wide variety of technologies for individuals, small to medium sized enterprises, and multinational corporations. Simon also advises on the protection of industrial designs.
Simon is committed to understanding his client’s objectives and providing solutions to help meet those objectives.
Simon’s specialism is chemistry, and particularly the use of chemistry to improve everyday items, such as electronic devices.
Simon is an accomplished scientist, and prior to joining the profession worked for a number of years in the chemical industry, first as a polymer chemist, and then as a pharmaceutical research chemist specialising in the design and synthesis of new therapeutic compounds. Prior to that, Simon gained a PhD in chemistry and carried out research at the interface of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Bath, and later the University of Nottingham as a postdoctoral scientist.
Outside of work, Simon enjoys running, football and spending time with his young family.
“My favourite invention is vulcanised rubber, invented by Charles Goodyear, and now found in almost every product.”
Tim is a member of the hi-tech team at Swindell & Pearson.
Tim is experienced in drafting and prosecuting patents for a wide variety of technologies in the physical sciences, particularly in the fields of engineering, consumer products and software.
Tim's client base includes individuals, SMEs and multinational corporations. Consequently, he not only manages large international patent portfolios for corporate clients, he also understands the needs of those new to the world of intellectual property.
Having gained experience in an in-house patent department, Tim understands that clients highly value his enthusiasm to learn about their technology, the market, and their long-term business goals. This is reflected in all of Tim's intellectual property advice.
Tim has a PhD in railway aerodynamics from the University of Birmingham. Tim also has a 1st class M.Eng degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Birmingham.
During his time at University Tim attained seven prestigious awards for his achievements in academia and industry, including the 2010 City of Birmingham Queen’s Silver Jubilee Engineering Award, a shortlisting for the 2010 SET (Science Engineering and Technology) Award, and a best academic journal paper award. Tim also interned in one of the largest global Engineering consultancies.
Outside work, Tim enjoys live music, playing guitar, motorsport, and making opportunities to practise his Finnish.
Robert is a member of the Hi-tech team at Swindell & Pearson and is on track to qualify as a UK and European Patent Attorney.
Robert graduated from Durham University after completing an Honours degree in Physics. He was captain of the University Cycling Team and a member of the British Cycling youth development programmes.
In his free time Robert enjoys modern literature and a wide range of music from early delta blues to experimental electronic music and has an interest in modern art.
“My favourite invention is the integrated brake and gear lever used on racing bicycles because before using them I had down-tube shifters for a number of years, which resulted in a lot of banged knees!”
Joe is a member of the Hi-tech team at Swindell & Pearson and is on track to qualify as a UK and European Patent Attorney.
Joe gained a MSci in physics from the University of Birmingham prior to joining Swindell & Pearson. For his final year MSci project, Joe investigated the application of quantum mechanics in radio-wave communications.
Outside of work, Joe enjoys fencing, cycling and long-distance running. Joe is also a keen artist and likes to read fiction and popular science books.
“One of my favourite inventions has to be the steam engine. Not only did it spark the Industrial Revolution, but it also led to the discovery of the Laws of Thermodynamics, which have provided us with some of the most fundamental insights into how the universe works, and were regarded by Einstein as being so robust that they will never be overthrown by other physical theories.”
Natalie is a member of the Trade Mark Team at Swindell & Pearson and is training to qualify as a Trade Mark Attorney.
After graduating from the University of Leeds with a Law (LLB) Honours degree, Natalie first worked within the private legal sector before joining Swindell & Pearson in 2012.
Natalie previously worked as an IP Paralegal for the firm, gaining both the Certificates in Patent and Trade Mark Administration, before being promoted to the position of Trade Mark Advisor. Natalie is also a member of the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys.
Outside of work, Natalie is a keen road and trail runner and mountaineer. Natalie also enjoys spending weekends walking in the countryside, kayaking, horse-riding and the more unusual sport of slacklining. Her other interests include music, theatre and modern classic literature.
Natasha graduated from Nottingham Trent University in July 2012 and joined our team as an Intellectual Property Administrator in October of the same year. Since starting here, she has worked her way up to become a Trade Mark Advisor after being promoted internally from an IP Paralegal.
Natasha is currently training to qualify as a Trade Mark Attorney. As part of her training, she has passed the first stage of exams and has achieved the Postgraduate Certificate in Trade Mark Law and Practice from Queen Mary, University of London. She will begin her final set of exams at Nottingham Law School in September 2016.
Natasha is also a committee member of the Derby and District Law Society’s junior lawyers division and is actively involved in organizing networking events for young professionals in Derby.
In her free time Natasha enjoys yoga, archery and horse riding.
Cory is a member of the Hi-tech team at Swindell & Pearson and is on track to qualify as a UK and European Patent Attorney.
Cory graduated from the University of Sheffield after completing a Master’s degree in Physics with Medical Physics. He was the club captain of the University Rugby League teams, and was active in community coaching and development.
Away from work, Cory enjoys a multitude of sports, ranging from rugby to tennis, and takes part in a number of related events in aid of various charities.
“Possibly my favourite invention, is the full body magnetic resonance scanner. Not only is its diagnostic relevance invaluable in the field of medicine, the speed with which the technology and related theory has advanced is truly impressive.”
Matthew is a member of the Hi-tech team at Swindell & Pearson and is on track to qualify as a UK and European Patent Attorney.
Before joining the firm Matthew earned a 1st class MSci in Mathematical Physics from the University of Nottingham, where he also received several awards. Before that he gained experience in research and development at PepsiCo.
Outside of work, Matthew enjoys growing his own food, cooking, writing music, making perfumes, mixing inks and playing quidditch.
“A patent I find interesting is US4723129, which is for an apparatus in which a heating element generates bubbles to project droplets. It is particularly interesting because it has been cited more than any other patent that I am aware of: over 1800 times! This apparatus is particularly useful in printing.”
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