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BSc (Hons) from Imperial College, MBA, CEDR accredited Mediator, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys, European Patent Attorney, Registered UK and European Trade Mark Attorney. After returning to university and gaining an MBA with distinction from Leeds University, Helen took up the position of Deputy Head of the Patents Department at Reckitt Benckiser before joining Potter Clarkson in January 2001. Prior to studying for her MBA, Helen had worked for British Telecommunications plc, and another UK firm of Patent Attorneys.

Since joining Potter Clarkson, Helen has continued to specialise in the mechanical, electro-optical and electro-mechanical areas, as well as medical devices. Helen also has extensive experience in the design field, dealing with all aspects of design protection, both registered and unregistered. In addition, Helen represents clients at hearings before the European Patent Office and has been involved in litigation before the UK Intellectual Property Office and the Patents County Court. In addition she regularly advises clients on IP strategy issues such as global filing strategies, and has been involved in due diligence exercises. She also has extensive experience of working with academic institutions and associated technology transfer departments. Helen became a partner in 2007.

Helen is a member of the Education Committee of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys. She has recently qualified as a Patent Attorney Litigator, having been awarded a Certificate in Intellectual Property Litigation and Advocacy Certificate with commendation, by Nottingham Trent University.

When not at work, Helen enjoys spending time with her young family and running in an attempt to keep fit.