Dr Thomas Olbrich

Patent Director

Tom’s extensive experience covers a wide spectrum of technologies, from relatively simple concepts, such as shoelaces, floating platforms and power tools, to semiconductor and superconductor systems, as well as, computer implemented applications and medical devices. Tom has considerable experience (13+ years) in patent drafting and European, as well as worldwide patent prosecution.

Tom specialises in electrical engineering and physics, such as, computer-related subject matter, medical devices, sports equipment, semiconductors, power tools and any oil & gas technology (downhole tools, seismic interpretation software).

After spending a few years in the special military forces in Neuburg an der Donau (Germany), where he competed in athletics and bobsleigh, Tom went to study Applied Physics at the University of Applied Science in Munich. His dissertation was in cooperation with Nottingham Trent University, where he also completed a second degree in Physics. In order to further his studies, he then completed a PhD in Medical Physics at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Throughout his university career, Tom undertook placements that were focused on training in, among other things, computing, bioengineering and research and development of medical devices. In 2005, he began working towards becoming a Patent and Trade Mark attorney, starting his career in private practice with a firm in Munich. In 2006, Tom moved back to Newcastle to continue his training with two large Patent and Trade Mark practice firms. He’s a Member of the Institute of Physics (MInstP) and a student member of CIPA.