Mr
Chris
Vaughan

Senior Partner

Leeds Office

Engineering

Telephone. +44(0) 113 233 0100
Mobile. +44(0) 779 875 7925
Email. [email protected]

Experience

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.

Specialisms

  • Automotive systems
  • Construction
  • Drug delivery devices
  • Food and beverage packaging
  • Fuel cells
  • Oil & gas
  • Orthopaedics
  • Renewable energy
  • Subsea technology
  • Testing, measurement and electronics
  • Wound management

Industries

  • Aerospace & defence icon Aerospace & defence
  • CleanTech icon CleanTech
  • Medical devices icon Medical devices
  • Packaging icon Packaging

Services

  • Designs & design rights
  • Due diligence
  • Patent oppositions & appeals
  • Patents
  • Portfolio management
  • Strategy

Qualifications

Patent Attorney

Chartered (UK)
European


MA

Natural Sciences (Cantab)

POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA OR CERTIFICATE

Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science (Cantab)

POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA OR CERTIFICATE

Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law (London)

POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA OR CERTIFICATE

Intellectual Property Litigation Certificate

Recognition

"Best for SME IP Strategy - UK", Acquisition International Awards 2015

"UK – Niche Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year (Academic Spin-Off)", ACQ5 Global Awards 2019

"UK – SME Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year", ACQ5 Global Awards 2020

CSR

Chris regularly leads tutorials, both in-house and externally, for trainee patent attorneys preparing for UK and European qualifying examinations.

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