Lewis Birchenough

Patent Director

Lewis has practiced in the intellectual property profession since 2002, specialising in the areas of telecommunications, computing, digital electronics and physics. Lewis was previously with two respected London-based firms of patent attorneys before joining HGF in 2010 at their York office. He has a deep understanding of a wide range of technological areas including cryptographic systems, image processing, networking, computer architecture, high-energy devices and various wireless communication standards.

Lewis has extensive experience in all aspects of European and UK patent drafting and prosecution, from filing to grant and beyond. He has assisted clients ranging from individual inventors to multi-national corporations. Lewis has represented clients in Oral Proceedings before the European Patent Office in respect of examination, opposition and appeal proceedings.

He also has UK litigation experience and has acted before the USPTO in preparing evidence for a Markman Hearing. Furthermore, Lewis has considerable experience of prosecuting foreign patent applications in numerous jurisdictions around the world.

Lewis graduated in 2001 with a first class degree in theoretical physics from the University of Manchester, UK and later completed a Masters degree specialising in electronic engineering at Newcastle University, UK, gaining a distinction. During his time at Newcastle, Lewis acquired experience in the computer simulation of wireless communication systems and embedded programming of digital signal processors to implement wireless receivers and networks. The subject of his thesis was the segmentation of digital image using a marker-controlled watershed transform.