Registered UK Patent Attorney
Fellow of the UK’s Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (Chartered Patent Attorney)
European Patent Attorney
European Design Attorney (on OHIM’s special list of professional representatives for Community Designs)
1st Class Master’s Degree in Materials Science & Engineering.
United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO)
The Courts of England & Wales
European Patent Office (EPO)
Office for Harmonisation of the Internal Market (OHIM)
The World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO).
Tom has a broad, generalist background covering mechanical, engineering and electronic patent and design work and has handled a broadly mechanical, engineering and electronic caseload consisting of mainly UK, EPO & PCT cases, plus a significant amount of overseas prosecution work in the US, Japan, China, Russia, Germany, Eastern Europe and Latin America. His technical areas of expertise include: automotive, oil and gas, renewables, HVAC, surface coatings, telecoms, MEMS, healthcare, nanotechnology, construction, agriculture and sport technology.
Tom’s inter partes experience includes UK patent and design infringement actions, UKIPO entitlement proceedings, EPO Oral Proceedings (Oppositions) & the preparation, filing and countering of third party observations. His ex partes experience includes acting as lead attorney at a UKIPO Hearing (excluded subject matter, patentability & added matter) and representing clients at EPO Oral Proceedings (Examination) in both Munich and The Hague.
Tom holds a position on IPReg’s Disciplinary Panel (Patents). He writes CPD reports for CIPA and is the published author of several scientific papers on nanoparticle self-assembly. He has been an invited speaker for CIPA, at various IP events in the north west and at Cambridge University’s Cavendish Laboratories. He was UK Science Engineering and Technology Student of the Year (Materials Science Category) in 1999 and won the University of Liverpool’s Mason Bibby prize. Tom is also the former President of the Liverpool and North Wales Materials Society.