Standards and Regulatory Director and Partner
Mark’s current fields of technology include oil industry drilling and process apparatus, automotive products, plastics pipes, medical devices, power/hand tools, electric motors, gear trains and infants' requisites - all generally mechanical in nature, but not without the chemical, metallurgical or electrical elements. Medical devices and related methods of diagnosis and treatment often involve an interdisciplinary approach requiring a combination of a number of different scientific, medical, and engineering skills. Mark’s educational and work background enables him to communicate with clients efficiently, to understand their goals and to provide them with focussed commercial advice relating to their intellectual property.
Mark joined HGF as a partner in their Sheffield office in 2000. Although now specialised in patents, Mark has handled all areas of IP in his career, including trade marks, copyright and designs. Well-rounded IP advice can be expected from him, and referral to his expert colleagues when required in these areas.
He is an experienced patent professional having qualified as a patent attorney in 1981, after training in both private and industrial practices. His degree is unusual in the profession, in Oceanography and Zoology (University of Wales, Swansea), but in fact it gave him wide exposure to biological, chemical and physical sciences that have since proved useful background for many of the inventions he has handled.
Mark spent six years in-house with a multi-national power tools manufacturer, serving as their European Patent Manager and being responsible for IP aspects of their professional power tools. This gave him a strong commercial sense of what intellectual property is for, and how it can best be exploited. This was both from the perspective of acquiring and enforcing rights, as well as avoiding infringement of third-party rights.
Now returned to private practice, this wealth of experience is available to all Mark’s clients. They range from private individuals, SMEs and publicly listed companies and universities, including some household names.
You seem to have a PhD level understanding of fluid dynamics!”