Patent Director

York Office

Telephone. +44(0) 1904 732 120
Mobile. +44(0) 797 342 6454
Email. [email protected]


Richard’s practice encompasses drafting patent applications and overseeing their prosecution in the UK, Europe and overseas, opposing and defending granted patents before the European Patent Office, and advising on infringement and validity issues.

Richard is experienced in a wide range of technologies covering engineering and electronics. For instance, in the energy industry Richard has particular expertise in flexible pipes for oil fields, including electronic leak detection and other sensor systems. In the automotive industry Richard’s experience includes engine filtration systems and vehicle sensing systems. Richard’s experience in medical devices encompasses wound care and orthopaedic implants. In electronics Richard is an expert in mobile devices, communication networks and computer implemented inventions.

Richard works with a range of clients, from private individuals, universities and SMEs to large international corporations. As a result, he is experienced in providing advice on patent portfolio management and filing strategies.

Richard joined the profession in 2003 after working as a communications engineer following graduation in Electronic Engineering from the University of York, UK. He qualified as a UK Chartered Patent Attorney in 2006 and as a European Patent Attorney in 2007 whilst working for two other top tier firms of patent attorneys. Richard joined the York office of HGF in 2012.


  • Automotive systems
  • Orthopaedics
  • Subsea technology
  • Testing, measurement and electronics
  • Wound management


  • Energy icon Energy
  • Healthcare icon Healthcare
  • Medical devices icon Medical devices
  • Telecommunications icon Telecommunications


  • Due diligence
  • Patent oppositions & appeals
  • Patents
  • Portfolio management
  • Searching & competitor monitoring
  • Strategy


Patent Attorney

Chartered (UK)


Electronic Engineering, University of York


The Internet of Medical Things

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Conferences: 2021

July 13th 2021

Webinar: Patents for the offshore sector


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Conferences: 2020

November 5th 2020

Offshore Wind North East


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November 5th 2020

OWNE 2020


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Richard is a mentor and tutor for trainee patent attorneys in preparation for their professional exams.

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