David’s wide-ranging IP experience includes undertaking patent searching and freedom to operate projects, patent drafting and prosecution, and developing IP strategies to match the commercial priorities of a business.
Before qualifying as a UK and European Patent Attorney, David gained 20 years' IP management experience through in-house roles in textile and consumer-goods companies who were making significant investment in innovation and IP.
David has had significant involvement in contentious IP matters in Europe, USA and Japan, including disputes involving patents, designs, trade dress, breach of confidence and know how. He has also had involvement in IP due diligence in company and asset purchase projects.
After graduating from the University of Manchester, Institute of Science and Technology with an honours degree in Chemistry, David stayed on to undertake a PhD in Textile Chemistry. His research investigated the mechanism of oxidative bleaching of dyed cotton substrates during domestic laundering. The project was funded by industry and led to the publication of a patent application and three academic papers.
PG Certificate in Intellectual Property
Potential obstacles to obtaining patent protection in Europe for an improvement in a general method for machine learning have been highlighted by a recent decision (T0702/20) from the EPO Board …Read article
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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the European Patent Convention, The European Patent Office (EPO) is running a collaborative art competition for primary schools on the topic …Event details
The 5th Annual MarketsandMarkets Next Gen Microbiome and Probiotics Conference will take place in San Diego on the 8th-9th of February. This conference will enable you to learn about microbial …Event details
CIPA hosted a webinar to discuss ‘Enhancing diversity in the patent profession.’ Date Tuesday 17 January, 2023 Time 12.30pm – 1.30pm (GMT) Equity, diversity and inclusion has been in the …Event details
When visiting CES’ one thing that struck me was the number of companies demonstrating LiDAR technology. LiDAR has been around since the 1960s and was originally developed for aerospace use, …Read article
Can we find a balance between intellectual property rights and public health needs when tackling the climate crisis? “The world faces a critical juncture. A health-centred, aligned response to the …Read article
It is just over 10 years since the Science publication of Jinek et al. showed for the first time that DNA cleavage could be achieved in vitro with a Cas9 …Read article
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