Professional Standards Officer

London Office


Telephone. +44 20 7776 5100
Email. [email protected]com


Edward worked as an engineer in the steel industry before embarking on a PhD where he conducted experimental research on carbon fibre composites for the aerospace industry with improved strength and damage sensing capabilities. Having completed his PhD he moved into the world of patents and initially gained 9 months experience in a patent attorney firm drafting patent specifications and responding to examiner's objections. From there he moved to the patent litigation department of a law firm where he undertook technical research on disputed patents and assisted lawyers in common general knowledge questions and sourcing evidence for court cases. Having spent two years there he moved to HGF in February 2021 where he took on the role of Professional Standards Officer.

Professional Standards works with the firm’s Executive and Board on matters relating to HFG’s professional standards and regulation. The team oversees procedures at HGF through the provision of legal and technical information and advice to our attorneys, our solicitors, and other internal teams to maintain HGF’s high standards of quality, excellence and consistency. Professional Standards at HGF also provides knowledge on IP law and legal and procedural developments, both internally at HGF and externally to clients and associates.




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Update on G1/22 and G2/22

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Referral to EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal on “Entitlement to Priority”

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