Frank Harner Senior Associate

Frank Harner
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BSc (Hons), Dipl.-ing, European Patent and Design Attorney, Chartered Patent Attorney (UK)

Frank is part of our Designs and Engineering Group. He deals with patent and design matters encompassing disciplines including automotive engineering, agricultural and mining equipment, additive manufacturing (3D printing), medical devices, and software solutions, particularly for IoT applications.

As well as having extensive experience of prosecuting UK, European and International patent applications, Frank has successfully represented clients in numerous hearings before the European Patent Office both in first instance and appeal proceedings. Having worked in Germany both in private practice and in-house, clients particularly appreciate Frank’s language skills and expertise relating to German inventor remuneration.

Frank read Physics Engineering at Munich University of Applied Sciences and Nottingham Trent University before joining the patent profession. 
Having started his IP carrier in private practice in Germany, Frank moved in-house for a world leading automotive tier 1 supplier, shortly after qualifying as a European Patent Attorney in 2013. He then resettled to the UK and worked for a mid-sized IP firm before joining Potter Clarkson in 2018.
Frank enjoys just about any form of sport, having been a keen Judoka for years. As of late, he has discovered DIY, which too often results in late night plumbing emergencies.