Michael Linehan Associate

Michael Linehan
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Michael is a Chartered Patent Attorney specialising in the fields of physics, electronic and electrical engineering, and computer software.  His practice involves co-ordinating patent strategies world-wide, with a particular emphasis on technologies such as semiconductor and superconductor systems, electrochemical fuel cells, and software control systems for electronic devices and networks.

BSc (Hons) in Physics (First Class), LLB (Hons) in English Law (First Class), PhD in Theoretical Physics.

UK Chartered Patent Attorney

Research experience: Michael studied physics at the University of Exeter and continued to complete his doctorate in theoretical physics at the same institution in 2000.  He then pursued a research career at Exeter University, Chalmers University (Gothenburg, Sweden) and Trinity College Dublin.

His research encompassed work on the mathematical theory of Lie groups and its application to problems in the physics of liquid crystals and quasicrystals. Subjects of particular interest included phase transitions, continuum theory, electro-optics, nonlinear optics, Raman scattering and the theory of liquid crystals comprised of DNA. Michael presented his work at international conferences and in leading journals including Physical Review Letters.

Following this, Michael obtained a law degree from BPP University College in London before joining Potter Clarkson in 2012.

Examples of clients:  

  • Intelligent Energy
  • NXP Semiconductors
  • Nokia
  • University of Leiden


Drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the physical sciences and computing fields and advising on the protection of industrial designs.