Dr
Christopher
Benson

Partner & Head of Electronics

Manchester Office

Telephone. +44(0) 161 247 4900
Mobile. +44(0) 780 144 3298
Email. [email protected]

Experience

I seek to understand a client's business and needs such that I am able to offer advice which enables clients to achieve their commercial goals. I have an academic background which enables me to work with world-leading inventors. In particular, I am able to advise on the patentability of software-based inventions.

I have represented a full spectrum of clients from multinational companies to start-ups and academic institutions. From this I am able to work effectively with all types of clients. I have experience in working with inventors from academics to industrial R&D technologists. I have experience in not only the nuts-and-bolts of taking inventions through to granted patents in a wide variety of different countries including Europe, the US and China, but also in advising on patent strategy, patent enforcement and patent infringement defence. As part of representing start-up and SMEs I have been involved in due diligence exercises where potential investors have scrutinized patent portfolios which I have been responsible for and have defended these portfolios such that clients have obtained investment at least partly on the basis of the IP portfolio's strength. I act as client manager for one of our firm's largest clients whereby I manage our firm's timely delivery of work products by an attorney team to ensure that these products meet the client's quality expectations. I have and am in the process of training trainee attorneys and also assisting the development of qualified.

Specialisms

  • Automotive electronics
  • Computer hardware
  • Computer software
  • Consumer electronics
  • E commerce
  • Scientific instruments
  • Semiconductor technologies

Industries

  • Automotive icon Automotive
  • Computing icon Computing
  • Healthcare icon Healthcare
  • Retail icon Retail

Services

  • Designs & design rights
  • Due diligence
  • Patents
  • Strategy

Qualifications

Patent Attorney

Chartered (UK)
European


BENG

Computer Systems Engineering

PHD

Microelectronics

Publications

EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal decision G4/19 - a European patent application can be refused by reason of the prohibition on double patenting

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