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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Use our ‘People Finder’ to discover the wealth of talent and skills that make up the teams at HGF. Select a speciality or search for a team member by name, and use their ‘Contact Card’ to get in touch.
Jeffrey Clarke Partner
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.
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 team.
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.
Estelle Senior Professional Support Director
In 2013 Estelle joined HGF to create a new Know How function in HGF. The purpose of this department is to establish consistently high quality services and procedures across HGF through the provision of legal and technical information and advice to patent attorneys, trade mark attorneys, our solicitors, and other internal teams. Estelle brings a broad range of relevant IP and commercial skills to this role.
David Hufton Patent Director
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 Frazer Bye Senior Patent Attorney
Frazer is a Patent Attorney working in the Engineering Team in the Sheffield office. Frazer’s expertise lies in the area of materials science and engineering, specialising in tissue engineering and implantable medical devices. Frazer joined HGF in 2018.