Matt’s expertise covers the technical areas of physics, engineering, electronics and software, with specialisations in telecommunications, wireless communication, photonic devices and semiconductor technology.
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 also has a passion for working with British, high-growth technology businesses, particularly in the innovation hubs of London, Cambridge and Southampton, helping companies develop effective intellectual property strategies and negotiating successfully during acquisition due diligence.
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, Matt 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.
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, Vice Chairman of the Press and Public Relations Committee and a member of the Parliamentary Committee. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of Nanotechnology Law and Business, the Advisory Panel of Ideas21 (a not-for-profit organisation supporting British innovators) and is a regular speaker on intellectual property issues for business.
Since 2009, Matt has been recognised by Intellectual Asset Management magazine as one of the world’s leading intellectual property strategists. In 2010, Matt was invited to become a Visiting Fellow of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group at Imperial College Business School.
Matt is a Director of the International IP Strategists Association (INTIPSA).