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  • Paul Higgin

    Paul Higgin, IP Director

    Qualifications

    • European Patent Attorney
    • Chartered Patent Attorney
    • MA Physics
    • MSc Semiconductors

    Email: paul.higgin@patents.co.uk

    Paul leads the Hi-tech team. 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.”

  • Michael Skinner

    Michael Skinner, IP Director

    Qualifications

    • European Patent Attorney
    • Chartered Patent Attorney
    • UK Trade Mark Attorney
    • European Trade Mark Attorney
    • MA Physics

    Email: michael.skinner@patents.co.uk

    Michael entered the profession in 1981 with a Physics degree from Oxford and undertook his professional training with one of the leading London firms. He qualified in the mid-80s and then decided to widen his horizons by moving to the Midlands at a time when many professions believed there was no life outside London. He joined Swindell & Pearson in 1986 and became a Partner in 1991.

    Since joining Swindell & Pearson Ltd, Michael has represented clients in Patent, Trade Mark and Design matters, these clients ranging from private individuals to large corporations. He has worked with a wide range of technologies, including sports accessories, agricultural equipment, retail and wholesale packaging, foundation systems for buildings, electrical, electronic and computer systems and software.

    Outside his business life, Michael has been a Scout leader for over 20 years. He is a keen sailor, is active in various different sports and has travelled the world supporting the British athletics team. He remains convinced that somewhere there must be a sport which could grant him British representative honours, if only he could find it.

    “It is difficult to choose a favourite invention from all of this - perhaps my favourite case is always my most recent successful one."

  • Robert Sales

    Robert Sales, IP Director

    Qualifications

    • European Patent Attorney
    • Chartered Patent Attorney
    • UK Trade Mark Attorney
    • European Trade Mark Attorney
    • BSc Exploration Science

    Email: robert.sales@patents.co.uk

    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 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”.

  • Nicholas Womsley

    Nicholas Womsley, IP Director

    Qualifications

    • BSc (Hons), EPA, CPA, MITMA, ETMA
    • European Patent Attorney
    • Chartered Patent Attorney
    • UK Trade Mark Attorney
    • European Trade Mark Attorney
    • BSc Biochemistry (1st Class Hons)

    Email: nick.womsley@patents.co.uk

    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 Charted Institute of Patent Agents. After achieving full qualification in both Patent 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. He 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 20 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's, ceramics, confectionery and service industries. Nick enjoys his time outside of the office with his wife and two sons.

  • Kieron Taylor

    Kieron Taylor, IP Director

    Qualifications

    • Higher Courts Litigation Certificate
    • Post Graduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Litigation
    • LLM (Post Graduate Degree) in Intellectual Property Litigation
    • UK Trade Mark Attorney
    • European Trade Mark Attorney
    • BA (Hons) Medieval & Modern History

    Email: kieron.taylor@patents.co.uk

    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 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 partes hearings, and at the Community Trade Mark Registry and overseas.

  • Lee Thould

    Lee Thould, IP Director

    Qualifications

    • European Patent Attorney
    • Chartered Patent Attorney
    • BSc Physics

    Email: lee.thould@patents.co.uk

    Lee joined Swindell & Pearson Ltd in 2002 after graduating with a BSc in Physics at the University of Warwick. Lee is a Chartered Patent Attorney and a European Patent Attorney. He specialises in the drafting and prosecuting of patent applications in the fields of electronics, software, physics and telecommunications. Lee is experienced in European patent oppositions, European patent appeals, providing patent infringement and validity opinions, and managing patent portfolios covering the UK, Europe, the USA, China, India and Korea.

    Lee is passionate about his client’s businesses and enjoys providing clear and relevant advice to them. He is familiar with the Patent Box scheme having tracked the legislation from the consultation phase and is keen to advise companies on how they can maximise their benefit from the Patent Box. Lee’s clients include multi-national corporations, universities, and small to medium sized enterprises (SME’s).

    In his spare time, Lee enjoys playing the octave mandola and the mandolin, cycling, hiking, listening to music, reading and spending time with his family.

    “One of my favourite inventions is the CAT (computer aided tomography) scanner (Patent No. GB 1,283,915 & US 3,778,614). The CAT scanner is an excellent medical diagnostic tool and has saved countless lives. Additionally, it was so advanced when it was invented that computer technology at the time was not capable of putting the idea into practice!”

  • Christine Anglesea

    Christine Anglesea, IP Director

    Qualifications

    • European Patent Attorney
    • UK Registered Patent Attorney
    • MSci Physics
    • BA Physics

    Email: christine.anglesea@patents.co.uk

    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 Harrison

    Scott Harrison, IP Director

    Qualifications

    • European Patent Attorney
    • Chartered Patent Attorney
    • MSci (Hons) Physics with a year in Europe

    Email: scott.harrison@patents.co.uk

    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 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 Terry

    Martin Terry, IP Director

    Qualifications

    • Chartered Patent Attorney
    • European Patent Attorney
    • MSci(Hons) Physics with Astrophysics

    Email: martin.terry@patents.co.uk

    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 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.

  • Katy Fuggle

    Katy Fuggle, Associate

    Qualifications

    • UK Trade Mark Attorney
    • European Trade Mark Attorney
    • BA Law (Hons)
    • Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice

    Email: katy.fuggle@patents.co.uk

    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 Whiley

    Ian Whiley, Associate

    Qualifications

    • European Patent Attorney
    • Chartered Patent Attorney
    • PhD Astronomy
    • MSci Physics and Astronomy

    Email: ian.whiley@patents.co.uk

    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.”

  • Paul Chapman

    Paul Chapman, Associate

    Qualifications

    • European Patent Attorney
    • Chartered Patent Attorney
    • BSc (Hons) Physics

    Email: paul.chapman@patents.co.uk

    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.”

  • Aaron Wood

    Aaron Wood, Associate

    Qualifications

    • UK Trade Mark Attorney
    • European Trade Mark Attorney
    • LLB Law with French

    Email: aaron.wood@patents.co.uk

    Aaron began work in the field of intellectual property in 2001 and is a Registered Trade Mark Attorney and European Trade Mark and Design Attorney. Aaron joined Swindell & Pearson in 2013.

    Aaron is a member of the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys, serving on its Council and being assigned to the questions of the Higher Rights of Trade Mark Attorneys. He is a contributor to A User’s Guide to Trade Marks and Passing-Off (Bloomsbury Professional) and The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys’ Trade Mark Handbook. He is the author of a large number of articles in the legal and general press on intellectual property, has lectured on intellectual property to a number of institutions (including Kingston University, University of the Arts and Ravensbourne College) and has been interviewed by the BBC, Talksport Radio, Voice of Russia radio and the Financial Times on intellectual property matters.

    Aaron’s professional experience covers all industry sectors but notably includes fashion companies, the sports and entertainment industry and food and drink/FMCG. He has appeared in a number of cases as advocate, including before the High Court in the case of J & J Crombie v. Nutters (Holdings) Limited [2013] EWHC 3459 (Ch).

  • Richard Ellis

    Richard Ellis, Associate

    Qualifications

    • PhD Materials Analysis
    • BSc (Hons) Engineering Physics

    Email: richard.ellis@patents.co.uk

    Richard joined Swindell & Pearson Ltd in September 2008 after spending six years designing and developing meteorological instrumentation for Campbell Scientific which included a present weather sensor patented through Swindell & Pearson.

    Richard has an NVQ4 in Management, a degree in Engineering Physics and a PhD in Materials Analysis from Sheffield Hallam University.

    Richard is currently training to become a qualified UK and European Patent Attorney.

    When not at work Richard enjoys reading, days out with the family and playing football.

    “I like people with imagination but the following Patent Application seems to suggest some people have just too much imagination for their own good. Patent Application No. CA 2 572 538 describes perpetual motors which can apparently be used to make a starship propulsion system and laser guns for shooting at inter-continental nuclear missiles and I quote: “These Perpetual Motors are Environment Friendly (They run with Magnetism) … will give us the clean air that all the People and Governments of the World are after … will Excel the Industrial World and make a Super Race, and a better World to live in.” The starship can be powered using the perpetual motors which serve a warp drive core and is controlled from, and I quote again: “the Bridge Deck of the Star Ship of the U.S. Delorian ... The Star Ship will look somewhat like the Star Ship Enterprise on the TV Series of Star Trek.” Well, as Scotty from the aforementioned TV show said “Ye cannae change the laws of physics”.”

  • Simon Foster

    Simon Foster, Patent Advisor

    Qualifications

    • PhD Organic Chemistry
    • BSc Biological Chemistry

    Email: simon.foster@patents.co.uk

    Simon joined Swindell and Pearson in May 2011 and he is currently training to become a qualified UK and European Patent Attorney.

    Before joining the company Simon gained a BSc in Biological Chemistry and a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Leicester. He then completed a postdoctoral position at the University of Nottingham during which time he investigated chemical methods for capturing protein-protein interactions. Simon then worked as a material scientist in the rubber industry and more recently as a synthetic organic chemist in the pharmaceutical industry.

    Outside work, Simon enjoys long distance running and brewing real ale.

  • Ben Charig

    Ben Charig, Patent Advisor

    Qualifications

    • BSc (Hons) Maths and Physics

    Email: ben.charig@patents.co.uk

    Ben joined Swindell & Pearson as a Trainee Patent Attorney in September 2012. He is a member of the hi-tech team.

    Before joining the company, Ben read Physics and Mathematics at the University of York. As part of his course, he spent a year at a German university. Living, studying and working in another country was a fantastic experience for him, and he tries to exercise his language skills whenever possible.

    Outside work, Ben loves to spend time outdoors. Be it on foot or by bike, he takes great pleasure in exploring new places and is particularly happy to have the Peak District so close by. When the weather doesn’t allow for such activities, he will likely be found tinkering on the computer, listening to music or catching up on the many books he hasn’t yet found time to read!

    “An invention which I think particularly clever and very satisfying to use is a lever-arm corkscrew of the kind disclosed in US patent 2012/0152081. The action of turning the handle in one direction and then back in the other both cuts the bottle’s foil cap and extracts its cork. Better yet, the cork is easily removed from the screw by repeating the same motion.”

  • Tom Hansard

    Tom Hansard, Patent Advisor

    Qualifications

    • MPhys Physics
    • PhD Physics

    Email: tom.hansard@patents.co.uk

    Tom joined the hi-tech team at Swindell & Pearson in February 2013. He is currently training to become a qualified UK and European Patent Attorney.

    Tom studied at Lancaster University, where he graduated with an MPhys in 2008 and a PhD in 2012. For his final year MPhys project and subsequent PhD, Tom used signal analysis, computational modeling and software algorithms to study brain dynamics.

    In his free time Tom enjoys playing games with his friends, listening to an eclectic array of music, eating good food and indulging his love of animals – often all at once! Tom also enjoys hiking, running and martial arts.

    “I am fascinated by the almost limitless array of technological wonders and civilisation-advancing ingenuity embodied in the history of patents. However, I am equally thankful for the less grandiose inventions, such as US7464665, which enables my cat's claws to be trimmed quickly and hence minimises the damage she inflicts in the process!”

  • Tim Gilbert

    Tim Gilbert, Patent Advisor

    Qualifications

    • MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering
    • PhD Civil Engineering

    Email: tim.gilbert@patents.co.uk

    Tim joined Swindell & Pearson’s hi-tech team in September 2013 as a Patent Advisor. He is training to become a qualified UK and European Patent Attorney.

    Prior to this Tim undertook a multi-disciplinary PhD in industrial aerodynamics at the University of Birmingham. He holds a 1st class MEng degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Birmingham. During this time he attained seven awards and honours based on his achievements in academia and industry, including the 2010 City of Birmingham Queen’s Silver Jubilee Engineering Award, as well as a shortlisting for the 2010 SET (Science Engineering and Technology) Award. Tim gained five months of Engineering consultancy experience working in a variety of sectors.

    Outside work, Tim most enjoys spending time with his wife, friends and exotic birds, playing guitar, and also making opportunities to practise his Finnish.

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