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BSc (Hons), PhD, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys, European Patent Attorney, Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Member of the Society of Chemical Industry, Member of the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI).

Gareth obtained a double degree in chemistry and organic chemistry and a doctorate in organic chemistry from Southampton University. After working as a synthetic organic chemist in industry for a few years he entered the patent profession in 1999. He won the CIPA Gill Prize in 2002 for passing the advanced UK patent qualifying examinations with the highest overall mark. Gareth joined Potter Clarkson in 2004 and became a partner in 2007. He is a Member of Council for FICPI-UK.

Gareth specialises in the healthcare and medical technology fields, handling cases as diverse as implants, medical sensors, biopsy devices, medical packaging and diagnostic kits. In addition, he is experienced in handling food and beverage-related inventions, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and formulations.

He is very experienced in advocacy at the European Patent Office, frequently representing clients before the Examining and Opposition Divisions, Boards of Appeal and the Enlarged Board of Appeal. He enjoys working as part of an international litigation team, ensuring that the EPO Opposition and Appeal proceedings are consistent with related proceedings in other jurisdictions, such as infringement and revocation actions in Europe and the US. This has often involved organising mock hearings to ensure the best outcomes for high value EPO Opposition cases, including Appeals and Petitions for Review.

His other work includes advising clients on IP strategy, drafting applications, coordinating foreign filing programs, preparing freedom to operate opinions, and assisting with competitive intelligence exercises. This has involved challenging third-party rights using the EPO Opposition system, the UK IPO Opinions service and by filing anonymous observations.

In Managing Intellectual Property 2013, a client recommended Gareth "for his incredible sense for the fine details, for his structured approach and fantastic overview of all aspects of the case."