Robert Walton

Trainee Patent Attorney

Robert joined HGF in 2014 and is working towards becoming a qualified Patent Attorney. Prior to joining HGF he completed a Mechanical Engineering MEng degree and a Nuclear Batteries PhD at the University of Birmingham. He has a broad understanding of mechanics as well as more specialised knowledge in the fields of MEMs, micropower generation and rapid prototyping. 

Robert graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2010 with a First Class MEng degree in Mechanical Engineering. He then succesfully researched a PhD in Nuclear Batteries at the same university before joining HGF as a Trainee Patent Attorney.

Robert's PhD research involved elements of electronics, optics and physics and entailed designing, manufacturing, testing and modelling nuclear batteries. More specifically, Robert produced ‘indirect conversion radioisotopic batteries’ which function by converting the energy from steady radioisotopic decay into photons using a scintillating material, and then capturing energy from the photons using photovoltaic cells. In addition, Robert’s family have been involved in the Nuclear power generation industry for many decades. Whilst studying for his undergraduate degree Robert successfully completed a 3 month internship with a major energy company as part of a CHP build for a new build CCGT power station on the Isle of Grain. Robert’s final year undergraduate project entailed designing, manufacturing, testing and modelling a Tesla turbine.”

His undergraduate and postgraduate studies have provided him with a broad understanding of mechanics as well as specialised knowledge of topics including MEMs, rapid prototyping and micro-power generation. 

Robert is a part qualified Patent Attorney, having been awarded a PGCert in Intellectual Property. He works with a broad range of clients including universities, SMEs and lone inventors. He has experience of patent drafting and prosecution and due diligence. In his spare time Robert enjoys playing squash and travelling.  

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