Vanessa’s expertise covers patent matters in the physics and mechanical engineering fields, with a particular focus on medical technology. She has prosecuted and advised on numerous patents with medical subject matter, such as drug delivery devices, spinal and other orthopaedic instruments, dental, knee and hip implants, fracture fixators, ventilators, EEG systems, ophthalmic technology, cardiovascular stents and catheters. Other areas of expertise include advanced manufacturing, food technology and energy technology including gas, water and electricity infrastructure.
After graduating with a degree in electronic engineering, Vanessa spent a period as a software engineer before entering the intellectual property profession in 1993. She qualified as a chartered patent attorney and European patent attorney at a large commercial law firm, joining HGF as a partner in the Sheffield office in 2000.
Vanessa has a talent for building long-term trusted relationships with clients. Her creative client-led approach and her passion for technology enable clients to develop their IP portfolios to achieve their strategic goals. She works with clients' IP portfolios at all stages of development, from start-up companies to global corporations with complex interrelated patent cases, providing commercially focussed and proactive advice.