HGF Sheffield have been supporting local innovation and technology in Yorkshire since 1999.
Our Sheffield team are specialists in the areas of electronics and engineering. The geographical locality of our team to the businesses that we work with enhances our understanding of our clients and their needs, and our teams’ collective experience and expertise allows us to provide our clients with a winning combination of technical and commercially sound advice.
Like other offices within the HGF Group, HGF Sheffield has continued to enjoy positive growth throughout the past decade. We attribute this continued growth to three main attributes:
- Understanding our clients and their needs
- Value for money
- Technical expertise
We have strong relationships within the local business community and are active members of Electronics Knowledge Transfer Network Yorkshire, Connect Yorkshire and Pro Sheffield.
Our HGF Sheffield team are experts in the fields of engineering, electronics and software, offering trade mark advice and support every step of the way.
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Harry Hutchinson Senior Partner
Harry’s current practice spans telecommunications, electronics, computer architecture and software-related inventions. In 2000, Harry joined HGF as a Partner in the Sheffield office and is the Head of the firm’s electronics and software group.
Mark Lunt Standards and Regulatory Director and Partner
Mark’s current fields of technology include oil industry drilling and process apparatus, automotive products, plastics pipes, medical devices, power/hand tools, electric motors, gear trains and infants' requisites - all generally mechanical in nature, but not without the chemical, metallurgical or electrical elements.
Vanessa Stainthorpe Partner
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.
Sally Whittle Formalities Director and Partner
In June 2000, Sally joined HGF as a Partner of HGF Services. In 2004, she was promoted to National Head of Formalities, taking on responsibility for the formalities and renewals functions across the firm’s five UK offices, the development and maintenance of a procedural manual to ensure that standard procedures are documented and adhered to, as well as the development of international client relationships.
Jeffrey Clarke Patent Director
Jeff has considerable experience in drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the mechanical, electrical and electronic fields. Some example technical areas include: Computer architectures; Advanced digital communications (802.11xx, WiMax, 2G to 4G/LTE); Computer security technology; Encryption; Biomedical sensors; Flat panel displays (LCD/Plasma, inc. 3D display); Digital video compression; Test and measurement equipment; Domestic appliances; Navigation systems; Semiconductor manufacturing techniques (planar and 3D); Nanotubes; Medical devices.
David Hufton Senior Patent Attorney
David has practiced in intellectual property since 2005, specialising in the technical areas of electrical and electronics engineering, and information technology. David has particular expertise in drafting and prosecuting patent applications relating to telecommunications, semiconductor design and fabrication, embedded systems and computer implemented inventions.
Dr Vincent Jennings Senior Patent Attorney
Vincent has experience working with a range of subject matter including LCD displays, optical storage media and devices, memory arrays, semiconductor fabrication, computer software, telecommunications and document processing systems.
Laura Mannering Trainee Patent Attorney
Laura joined HGF in the electronics department in March 2015. Prior to this Laura completed a Masters at the French Grande Ecole ENS de Lyon. Whilst in Lyon Laura completed two computational research placement in Astrophysics and Seismology.