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Matthew Howell MEng, CPA, EPA, PAL

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Matthew’s patent drafting and prosecution work encompasses a broad spectrum of technologies, including electronics, telecommunications, computing and software.

Matthew also works for a variety of clients in the automotive field on technologies such as suspension systems, vehicle wheels and driver impairment detection systems, and on other electro-mechanical technologies such as cash protection systems. In the clean-tech area, he has worked with companies developing solar cells and sustainable building products.

As well as his patent prosecution experience, Matthew also has extensive experience of filing and prosecuting UK and European Community design applications.

Matthew has a keen interest in contentious issues and is qualified as a Patent Attorney Litigator. He has helped clients to achieve favourable outcomes in a number of patent, registered design and unregistered design right disputes.

Matthew has been involved in a number of successful hearings before the European Patent Office, including a hearing before a Technical Board of Appeal in which he successfully overcame objections of obviousness to secure a decision to grant a patent without substantive amendments to the claims of the application.

Matthew has undertaken work on behalf of a variety of major international electronics, telecommunications and computing companies, as well as SMEs, start-ups and a number of major UK universities.

His broad academic background and industrial experience enables Matthew to understand inventions and other technical subject matter quickly, which helps streamline the drafting new patent applications and overcoming obstacles encountered during the process of obtaining a patent. Matthew is also fluent in French, thanks in part to a year spent studying Electronic Engineering at the INSA (National Institute of Applied Sciences) in Lyon as part of his degree.

Education & background

Matthew joined our Bristol office in March 2007, qualifying as a UK patent attorney the same year and as a European patent attorney in 2008. Prior to this, he graduated from Nottingham University in 2001 with an MEng in Electronic Engineering with French. Matthew then spent almost two years working as a software engineer for a major telecommunications company before entering the patent profession.

On a personal note...

Outside of work Matthew is a keen motorcyclist. He also enjoys playing the guitar.