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Nick Wallin is a patent attorney and head of our Electronics, Computing & Physics group.
Nick Wallin is the lead partner for our Electronics, Computing & Physics group, the largest practice group in the firm. He is also an experienced patent litigator who has handled cases before the UK Court of Appeal and High Court, and the EPO Boards of Appeal. Nick works for a wide range of clients, in fields ranging from geospatial data processing to electro-surgical instruments and medical imaging, through to sensors for defence purposes and the oil and gas industry.
With a technical background in electronics, software, and communications, Nick spent time working at BT labs in the fields of speech synthesis and video-conferencing before joining the patent profession in 1997. After qualifying as a European Patent Attorney he then returned to BT for a period as in-house patent counsel before joining Withers & Rogers in 2004. Nick became a partner in the firm in 2006, and in 2008 handled the Symbian v Comptroller-General of Patents case concerning the patentability of computer operating systems, which was successful in confirming the patentability of operating systems for computers. Since that time Nick has specialized in developing and executing cost-effective IP procurement and development strategies for his clients, combining his in-house and private practice experience together to provide an “outsourced in-house” IP counsel service for his clients.
Nick holds Master’s degrees in Electronics Systems Engineering (MEng, York) and Intellectual Property Litigation (LLM, Nottingham Trent) achieving first class honours in his MEng, and a Distinction in his LLM.
Nick is a keen music fan and regularly attends concerts at venues throughout London. In addition, whilst being a lifelong Middlesbrough FC supporter has occasionally brought him much pleasure (and despair!), rugby (Harlequins) and cricket (Surrey) now hold equal attraction.