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.
Given his background, Saiful practises in a number of technical specialities within the Designs & Engineering and Electronics & Computing Groups. Accordingly, Saiful 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. Saiful has presented papers, as well as devised and conducted training workshops, on various aspects of EP and UK patent law in the US, Europe and Asia. He has been recognised for his work in IAM.