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Michael is a patent attorney in our Electronics, Computing & Physics group.
Michael’s patent work has covered the fields of telecoms, telephony, encryption, video transmission, memory devices, display screens, copiers and detectors, as well as mechanical inventions such as FMCG. His clients currently cover the fields of Voice over IP, video transmission, satellite technologies, tracking devices and prosthetics.
Michael has worked on a number of cases relating to computer implemented inventions (software) and notably was able to achieve a successful outcome in this area for one of his clients at a UK Patent Office Hearing.
Michael has worked for a number of clients who operate within the television domain. His experience covers hardware design, such as plasma and LED screens, as well as video transmission system design. Michael’s practice has encompassed set top box design and manufacture, conditional access systems and content selection and delivery algorithms. He has prosecuted dozens of patent applications in this field and continues to regularly represent clients at oral proceedings before the European Patent Office.
He has a keen interest with start-ups and has worked with a number of such companies to secure patent protection for their innovative products. Michael has a great familiarity with the UK’s Patent Box tax incentive scheme and has run seminars and advised many clients in this area.
Michael has extensive experience working with direct clients where he has been involved in design, patent and copyright litigation as well as restorations, a central limitation at the European Patent Office and due diligence exercises for complex corporate transactions.
Michael heads the firm’s Space group. He is an active member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys’ Professional Development Working Group, regularly chairing seminars and webinars. He is also the author of Electronics Weekly’s ‘Patent of the Month’.
He trained with a central London firm of Patent Attorneys and qualified as a European Patent Attorney in 2006 and as a Chartered Patent Attorney in 2008. Michael has a degree in Engineering Sciences from the University of Cambridge and a postgraduate diploma in Communications Engineering from Birmingham University. He then went on to gain valuable industrial experience in both development and commercial roles in the field of telecommunications with Marconi before entering the patent profession in 2002.
Michael is a keen runner and enjoys racing in half and full marathons. He is also involved in a number of projects in his local community.