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BEng, 2:1 (Honours), Electronic Engineering from the University of Warwick, European Patent Attorney, Chartered Patent Attorney 

David is an experienced European and UK Patent Attorney with a background in the physical sciences, who specialises in providing commercially relevant advice especially in relation to computer-implemented and electronics-based inventions (specialisms include semiconductors; mobile telephony platforms and applications; fuel cells; RFID systems; optical systems; numerous software implemented inventions; as well as mechanical inventions).  

One of David’s aims is to realistically set his client’s expectations of the likelihood of obtaining patent protection for their inventions. Since the early 2000’s, David’s clients benefit from his experiences in the patent profession so that they can make informed commercial decisions as to how best to protect their intellectual property, and also maximise the value of their IP budget. Over this period, David has drafted many hundreds of new patent specifications.  

In addition to drafting patent specifications, David has extensive experience in engaging with patent examiners over the telephone and in person, managing patent portfolios, representing his clients in hearings at the EPO and UKIPO, as well as performing due diligence and freedom to operate exercises.  David has been involved in appeals from the UKIPO to the courts in relation to the patentability of computer implemented inventions.  These include, in 2007, a successful appeal to the English High Court for Astron Clinica et al, following which the UKIPO's practice of not granting claims for computer programs was overturned.

David read Electronic Engineering at the University of Warwick. He was sponsored throughout his degree course by Marconi Communications, and spent a year out from university working in a software development department of the company.

David entered the patent profession in 2003 and worked for two other patent attorney firms before joining Potter Clarkson in 2008.  He was appointed as a Partner in 2014. 

Outside of work, David enjoys the fresh air that comes with open water swimming and watching rugby.