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Andrew Thompson is a patent attorney in our Electronics, Computing & Physics group. He is also head of our Clean Technology group.
Andrew has extensive experience drafting patent applications relating to a variety of technologies. In particular, he is experienced in mobile telephone, software and defence-related technologies. These include 3G cellular networks for one of the UK’s first 3G network providers, and GPS and mobile phone antenna design for a UK-based designer and manufacturer of antennas.
Andrew has sat on the patent committees of two major UK technology companies, giving him a great deal of insight into patent filing and strategy decisions. The time he spent working in-house with one of the firm’s larger software clients gave Andrew a valuable commercial take on the role of patents in business, and the running of an in-house patent department.
Currently, Andrew provides patent drafting and prosecution services to a UK-based research and development and product design company in the defence sector. As well having a number of UK-based clients, he works closely with a number of companies in the United States and travels there on a regular basis.
Andrew’s patent career commenced in London in 2001 and he joined Withers & Rogers in 2006. Prior to this Andrew studied Electrical & Electronic Engineering at the University of Birmingham, gaining a degree. His degree course covered several key fields, including: analogue circuit design, digital systems, power electronics, control systems, telecommunications and computer communications networks.
Andrew spends most of his time with his family. When he can, he likes to fit in one or more of cycling, golf and whisky tasting, although not necessarily in that order.