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Matthew Gillard BA, CPA, EPA,

Partner

It is with great sadness that we must share the news that our much-loved partner, colleague and friend – Matt Gillard – has passed away, following an 18-month-long battle with cancer.

He passed away on Tuesday 14th May, leaving a wife and two daughters in his hometown of Newport, South Wales. He will be greatly missed both professionally and personally by everyone at the firm, as well as his many clients.

Matt will be remembered for his humorous and considered approach – he was a lovely man in every way, and this shone through in the way he communicated with and led his teams. As well as being a valued partner, who was trusted and revered by his clients, he was crucial to our internal operations too, leading our IT team for many years.

He will also be remembered for his passion for Welsh rugby and his love of Porsche cars.

Matt’s memory will live in our hearts – he was a wonderful man and all those who worked closely with him feel very privileged to have done so.

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We have kept Matt’s original profile below for anyone wanting to read about his knowledge and expertise.

Matt is a patent attorney in our Electronics, Computing & Physics group.

Matt’s clients include world-leading companies in the telecommunications, electronics and computing sectors in the US and the UK, and several leading UK universities.  He is a regular visitor to the US on business.

Matt manages relationships with leaders of in-house departments of world-leading ICT companies, to develop prosecution, enforcement and invention-harvesting strategies, and to provide clear and meaningful management information about large portfolios.  He has also helped various start-ups create valuable IP portfolios instrumental in successful exits.

Matt has extensive experience with EPO hearings, both at first instance (Examining Division, typically) and second instance (Boards of Appeal).  He has achieved considerable success at both levels.

One of Matt’s areas of focus is communications technology such as 3GPP Layer 1 architectures, error-correction coding, Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth®, protocol stacks, RFID, power amplifier linearization and masthead amplifier design.  Equally, Matt has a great deal of experience with gesture-based user interfaces, operating systems, databases, and processor and memory architectures.  Matt really enjoys getting to grips with mathematical inventions and has been involved with many cases in the areas of machine learning, autonomous vehicle guidance, mid-air haptics, search engines and crowdsourced network-performance monitoring.

After completing his Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics at Oxford University, Matt trained as a C/UNIX® programmer before changing tack and becoming an Examiner at the UKIPO.  At the culmination of his three years there, Matt was one of their leading specialists on patent eligibility and software inventions.  That valuable experience Matt still draws on every day to tune arguments for optimum impact.

Education & background

Matt graduated from Oxford University in 1993 with a degree in physics, having specialised in nuclear, atomic and solid-state.

He joined Withers & Rogers in 1998 following three years as a Patent Examiner at the UKIPO and became a partner in 2005.

On a personal note...

In his free time, Matt enjoys hiking, with the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia being favourite spots.  He is also a passionate supporter of the Welsh rugby team.