Stephen Moore

Stephen Moore

Senior Associate - Patent Attorney

As an experienced UK & European Patent Attorney with an additional eight years’ experience in R&D in the photonics industry, Stephen provides a unique blend of technical, legal and commercial insight to clients.

Stephen places a great emphasis on getting to know a client’s business, products and commercial plans to determine a patent strategy that will best protect the company’s key IP.

Stephen is a patent drafting specialist and has drafted an extensive number of UK and European patent applications. He’ll start the process by ensuring patent protection is the best way to protect the invention and understanding the plans for commercial exploitation. As a named inventor on multiple patents from his time in industry, Stephen has a natural technical rapport with inventors and can quickly discern the essence of an invention, explore alternative solutions and maximise the potential scope of protection available. Having worked in several technology spaces in industry, Stephen can rapidly understand new technology and has drafted patent applications (including many software applications) in a diverse range of fields including agricultural machinery, wireless networks, medical devices, navigation, eye tracking, neurone simulation, warehouse sensor systems and energy storage. Stephen has a particular passion for inventions related to clean tech and AI, seeing both fields as major technology drivers over the coming decades.

Stephen is experienced in all aspects of the patent lifecycle beyond the drafting process. Stephen will ensure that the scope of protection still aligns with the client’s commercial offering when prosecuting applications at the UK & European Patent Offices, and when instructing trusted overseas attorneys on corresponding applications in other territories. Stephen has successfully attacked and defended patent rights in post-grant opposition proceedings at the European Patent Office and worked with Potter Clarkson’s litigation team on a number of proceedings before the UK courts.



Electronics, wireless communications, lasers and photonics


Stephen obtained a first-class MSci in physics with photonics at the University of St Andrews. He then spent a year studying for a master's in electrical and computer engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, USA. He subsequently returned to St Andrews to complete a PhD - “Photonic Crystals as Functional Mirrors for Semiconductor Lasers”.


Msci (Hons), MSc, PhD, UK and European Patent Attorney

Awards & Recognition

Since joining Potter Clarkson, Stephen has excelled in the patent qualification exams, winning three out of four national prizes for the foundation papers, including the Moss Prize for obtaining the highest overall mark in the UK and overseas patent law papers.

At university, Stephen won several awards including most outstanding student in his final two years. He was also awarded the Bobby Jones Fellowship to pursue his master's at Georgia Tech. 


Outside work, Stephen enjoys spending time with his young family and escaping for a few holes of golf when possible. He also enjoys playing the guitar, developing mobile games and tinkering with electronic gadgetry.