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At HGF, we hire the best minds and make them better through strong training, communication and collaboration.
Without this firm focus on the individual strengths of our people, we would not be able to deliver successful solutions to clients from a wide variety of industries and backgrounds. HGF's people are not defined by their location; our network of lawyers, attorneys and patent specialists can integrate into any organisation's outlook, and this true flexibility has allowed us to grow to compete on a global scale.
Our experts, bolstered by our formalities and renewals teams, are always on hand to ensure clients can always access support and advice when they need it. To learn more about each team member's individual strengths in the intellectual property industry, click on any of the profiles below.
The term 'Partner' denotes a Shareholder in HGF Limited and/or member of HGF Law LLP, as the case may be.
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Nigel Sanderson Partner
Nigel’s practice is balanced between chemistry and mechanical and engineering subject matter. Nigel has particular experience in organic and pharmaceutical chemistry including pharmaceutical formulations and over-the-counter (non-prescription) medicines, together with fast moving consumer goods such as hard surface cleaners, laundry products, depilatories and air fresheners.
Paul Sanderson Chief Executive and Partner
Paul has been the Chief Executive of HGF and HGF Law since 2004. He is a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales having specialised in intellectual property law since 1991. He advises clients (in particular US, European, Indian and Asian clients) on the strategic aspects of intellectual property ownership in the UK with a particular focus on complex national and multinational patent and trade mark litigation, and the protection of trade secrets, designs and copyright.
Geoffrey Smith Partner
Geoff provides specialist advice regarding the registration, management and protection of intellectual property rights and, in particular, trade marks and designs. He is a highly experienced practitioner before the UK and EU Trade Mark / Design Registries and provides strategic advice regarding international IP protection strategies.
Vanessa Stainthorpe Partner
Vanessa’s expertise covers patent matters in the physics and mechanical engineering fields, with a particular focus on medical technology. She has prosecuted and advised on numerous patents with medical subject matter, such as drug delivery devices, spinal and other orthopaedic instruments, dental, knee and hip implants, fracture fixators, ventilators, EEG systems, ophthalmic technology, cardiovascular stents and catheters.
Craig Thomson Partner
Craig has considerable experience in providing pragmatic, commercially focused advice to a wide-range of clients and in relation to biotechnological, pharmaceutical and chemical inventions. As well as patent drafting and prosecution, Craig advises on the development of company-wide IP strategies, preparing for or carrying out funding/acquisition due diligence, and advising on aggressive/defensive strategies in relation to third party IP.
Jonathan Thurgood Partner
Jonathan’s practice encompasses everything relating to trade marks, from advice on the adoption of new brands and the surrounding legal issues, to registration of trade marks and dealing with all kinds of disputes, from oppositions to litigation.
Chris Vaughan Partner
Much of Chris’s practice involves working closely with SMEs - many often born out of promising academic research by major UK universities - and helping them to develop effective intellectual property strategies and secure multi-million pound venture capital investments. He also works with in-house patent attorneys and senior executives at major multinationals, and has expertise in worldwide patent prosecution.