Tom is a PHD physicist with a real passion for most technologies and innovation. Tom's extensive experience covers a wide spectrum of technologies, from relatively simple concepts, such as shoes, floating platforms and power tools, to semiconductor and superconductor systems, as well as, computer implemented applications and medical devices. Tom has considerable experience (15+ years) in patent drafting and European, as well as worldwide patent prosecution.
Tom's areas of expertise include engineering, electronics and physics related technology in general, and in particular, medical devices, sporting goods, semiconductors and ICs, power tools, automotive fasteners, appliances, as well as, offshore and oil & gas technology (e.g. downhole tools, seismic interpretation software).
After spending a few years in the special military forces in his native Germany, competing i.a. in athletics, biathlon and bobsleigh, Tom went to study Applied Physics (MSc) at the University of Applied Science in Munich and Physics (BSc) at Nottingham Trent University. In order to further his studies, he then completed a PhD in Medical Physics at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.
In 2005, he began working towards becoming a Patent and Trade Mark attorney. He has since gained extensive experience working with four leading European patent firms. He is known for a very personal approach and a high quality of work.
Tom is involved with mentoring Trainees in patent drafting.
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
The possibility of quantum computing was first seriously proposed in the early 1980s and is widely regarded as having enormous potential to deliver a step change in the complexity of …Read article
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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