Much of Chris’ practice involves working closely with SMEs, often born out of promising academic research by major UK universities, helping them to develop effective intellectual property strategies and secure multi-million pound investments. He also works with in-house patent attorneys and senior executives at major multinationals, and has expertise in worldwide patent prosecution.
Chris has particular experience in relation to fuel cell technologies, mobile phone antennas, metal coatings, oil and gas exploration, medical devices, civil engineering, electronic article surveillance and endoscopy.
After taking his first degree in natural sciences and a postgraduate diploma in computer science at Christ’s College Cambridge, Chris entered the profession directly in 1991, training with a large private practice firm in London. He qualified in 1995, and joined HGF as a partner in 1999.
Chris is fluent in German, and is experienced in acting before the Opposition and Appeal Divisions of the European Patent Office in Munich.
Chris heads the Engineering team in HGF's Leeds office, and serves as Chair of HGF's Conflicts Committee.
Natural Sciences (Cantab)
Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science (Cantab)
Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law (London)
Intellectual Property Litigation Certificate
Chris regularly leads tutorials, both in-house and externally, for trainee patent attorneys preparing for UK and European qualifying examinations.
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HGF is pleased to invite you to our upcoming German-language webinar in cooperation with the BVIZ on “In- and Out-licensing of Technologies” on 16th of November 2023. The webinar will …Event details
The advent of commercial launch capabilities has opened up space as a unique frontier for innovation. However, in space, any acts of patent infringement almost always go unseen. Thus, it’s …Read article
Any communications sent from the EPO on or after 1 November 2023 will no longer have the “ten day rule” applied to them. This means that communications are deemed to …Read article
HGF is pleased to invite you to our upcoming German-language seminar on “In- and Out-licensing of Technologies” in Salzburg and Dresden. The seminar will offer you the opportunity to gain …Event details
Bioforward, OBN’s ‘Roadmap for Growth’ Life Sciences event is set to take place at The King’s Centre in Oxford on Tuesday 26th September 2023. This event is designed to provide the support, skills, know-how …Event details
The integration of artificial intelligence (AI) into healthcare has ushered in a new era of personalised medicine, promising more effective and tailored treatments for patients. Traditional medical approaches often adopt …Read article
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