Matt has over 20 years’ experience advising technology companies on their intellectual property strategy at all stages of their growth from start-up through rounds of investment to mature businesses.
Matt’s technical expertise covers the broad fields of physics, engineering, electronics and software. He has worked with companies in sectors as diverse as medical devices, wind turbines, robotic vehicles, telecommunications security and air conditioning systems, helping those businesses develop effective intellectual property strategies that match their commercial objectives. Matt’s clients are located primarily in London and the South East of England, but also in the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
In addition to IP strategy advice, Matt has a wealth of experience representing major multi-national corporations in multi-party Opposition and Appeal proceedings before the European Patent Office, including a period of three years based in Munich. He has been most active in oppositions relating to medical devices, such as absorbent products, negative pressure wound therapy, auto-injectors and super-resolution fluorescence microscopy.
While studying physics at Imperial College, London, Matt spent a year at the University of Freiburg, Germany, developing drift chamber detectors for the Large Electron Positron Collider at the European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland. During this time, he became fluent in German. Matt qualified as a Chartered Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney in 1998, winning the Gill Prize for the highest overall mark in the British qualifying examinations.
Matt joined HGF in 2009 as a Partner in the London office. He heads the firm’s Engineering Group, which specialises in the aerospace, automotive, energy, medical device and packaging sectors.
Since 2009, Matt has been recognised by Intellectual Asset Management magazine in their IAM 300 rankings as one of the world’s leading intellectual property strategists. He is one of the few patent attorneys in the world also to be recognised in the IAM 1000 ranking of the world’s leading patent professionals. Matt is also recognised by Managing Intellectual Property magazine as an IP Star in the field of patent strategy, oral proceedings and opinion work.
Matt is a member of the Council of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys, for whom he is Chairman of the Joint Business Practice Committee and Vice Chairman of the Media and Public Relations Committee. He is also a regular presenter on patent law and practice for businesses and research institutions, including as a guest lecturer on the Fundamentals of Technology Transfer course run by PraxisAuril.