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Matthew Gillard BA, CPA, EPA,

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Matthew Gillard is a Patent Attorney in our Electronics, Computing & Physics group.

Matthew’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.

Matthew 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.

Matthew 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 Matthew’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, Matthew has a great deal of experience with gesture-based user interfaces, operating systems, databases, and processor and memory architectures.  Matthew 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, Matthew trained as a C/UNIX® programmer before changing tack and becoming an Examiner at the UKIPO.  At the culmination of his three years there, Matthew was one of their leading specialists on patent eligibility and software inventions.  That valuable experience Matthew still draws on every day to tune arguments for optimum impact.

Education & background

Matthew 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, Matthew enjoys hiking, with the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia being favourite spots.  He is also a passionate supporter of the Welsh rugby team.