Neil's practice in recent years has been exceptionally wide-ranging, particularly in the fields of mechanical & electrical engineering in areas such as optics, telecommunications and associated fields. His work involves advising a wide range of corporate clients, as well as a significant private client base whose fields of interest are even broader.
Neil has a keen interest in trade marks and this, in combination with his wide patent experience, has seen him advising many clients at a strategic level. He is motivated by the challenge of working alongside clients in developing and exploiting their intellectual property assets as business tools, and particularly enjoys the diverse challenges of patent and trade mark searching having successfully implemented these skills in supporting a number of IP litigations.
A degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from the University of Strathclyde, together with a lifelong fascination for how things work, tempted Neil to enter the patent profession where he trained with a well-known firm in Glasgow before founding his own patent agency in the mid-90s. A friendly, approachable and above all bold approach saw the firm quickly grow to be a major IP force in Scotland, and Neil was part of a team that was soon challenging and winning significant clients both at home and overseas - often in competitive tender situations against the market leaders. Significant client wins over the years included major names in oil and gas, utilities, financial services, whisky producers, the higher education sector and optics, as well as a number of private clients and high growth start-ups.
The success of the firm did not go unnoticed in the marketplace, and consequently the practice was sold to a major competitor in February 2008.
Looking for a new challenge, Neil joined HGF later in 2008 as a consultant in the Glasgow office.