Bill McGrail

Trainee Patent Attorney

Bill graduated in 2012 from the University of Sheffield with First Class MEng Honours in Mechanical Engineering. After his degree, he spent two years working as a graduate engineer for a leading multinational oil and gas company. Bill joined the HGF Manchester office in September 2015. 

During his degree, Bill studied a variety of modules spanning across aerospace, automotive, electronic, material and structural engineering. His final year project focussed on exploring the capacity of a 3D printer to print a simple 5-speed manual transmission gearbox, with the objective of providing an educational model whilst also demonstrating the economic advantage of using 3D printing for manufacturing a small mechanical device.

After his degree, Bill spent two years working as a graduate engineer for a leading multinational oil and gas company, where he was mostly responsible for developing projects related to the safe introduction of biomethane gas into the natural gas distrubution network. 

Bill is a part-qualified trainee patent attorney, having been awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property. Working under the supervision of qualified attorneys within the Engineering team, Bill provides advice relating to a wide range of engineering fields, including manufactuing processes, consumer products, automotive components, subsea engineering for oil/gas infrastructure and medical devices.