MEng, PhD, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys, European Patent Attorney, Chartered Engineer, Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
With over 20 years’ IP experience, encompassing both in-house and private practice, Saiful brings a wealth of knowledge to his work. He practises in a number of technical specialities within the Designs & Engineering and Electronics & Computing Groups, and accordingly handles a varied portfolio ranging from mechanical/materials subject-matter (including but not limited to energy harvesting, packaging, materials for batteries, capacitors (including supercapacitors) and battery-capacitor hybrids (e.g. lithium-ion, proton batteries)) to telecommunications (including non-cellular wireless communications as well as broadcast and direct messaging), user interfaces, displays, search engines, video coding (including Standards Essential Patents), image processing, virtual reality, mapping/navigation (including for autonomous vehicles), computing (including for networks and mobile devices) and nanotechnology. Saiful’s direct client base includes large multinational corporations, as well as SMEs and individual inventors.
He has extensive experience of prosecuting patent applications before numerous patent offices and also represents his clients at hearings before the EPO, and has done so before all three locations (Berlin, The Hague and Munich). Saiful has also conducted interviews with USPTO Examiners and his work has been used in successful global patent licensing and litigation discussions. Saiful also conducts opinion work and has represented the interests of a leading global patent holder in face-to-face patent assertion discussions.
Saiful not only frequently represents the firm overseas but has, over the last decade, represented the UK and European patent attorney profession as part of his work on the CIPA International Liaison Committee. In addition to being a tutor for the CIPA Oral Proceedings course for qualified attorneys, Saiful devises and delivers workshops on various aspects of UK and EP patent law throughout the world. He has been appointed to the Editorial Board of Patent Lawyer.
Saiful is a Chartered Engineer who holds a doctorate from the University of Cambridge (Materials Science), and an M.Eng. degree from Imperial College, London (Mechanical Engineering). Saiful won industrial support for his undergraduate degree and spent some two years working on an oil refinery for Mobil Oil Corporation. His doctoral research was also supported by industry (British Gas).
Saiful entered the patent profession in 1998, joining a large private practice firm in London. After three years, he joined Nokia Corporation where he progressed to become an IPR portfolio manager (audio-visual technology). Saiful joined Potter Clarkson in October 2004, and became a Partner in 2007.
Saiful has been highlighted in IAM Patent 1000 on a number of occasions:
“Saiful Khan is “one of the best”; he handles a varied portfolio, which includes mechanical, telecommunications and computing patents.” - IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2019
He has been recognised for being “technically very capable, quick to learn new technologies, and diligent, knowledgeable and thorough in every aspect of the patenting process.” It has also been noted that “Communication with him is always easy, direct and open; as a result, clients can work closely with him to achieve the best results.” - IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2018
He is our first attorney to have been recommended as one of the world’s top IP value creators by IAM Strategy 300.
"The "knowledgeable, talented and persuasive" Saiful Khan is "one of the top strategists in the IP industry." "He provides thoughtful and effective strategy, and on top of that is always pleasant. He excels at technically challenging work." - IAM Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists 2019