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Paul Openshaw

European Patent Attorney
UK Patent Attorney

Paul has a physics degree from Bristol University, and indeed after graduating spent eight years working as a physicist in the research and development fields of signal processing, electro-optics, lasers, displays, and communications systems. Paul then started working directly with patents when he became a European Patent Examiner, including serving on Opposition Divisions, at the European Patent Office in Munich, Germany. Paul then “switched sides” and practiced in-house for one of the US’s leading telecoms corporations and then for a high-profile London private practice with a particular reputation for obtaining software and business method-related patents. To offer clients the full benefit of this range of experience, in 2004 Paul established Openshaw & Co. Paul has extensive drafting, prosecution and opposition experience in many advanced technologies, for example mobile telecoms, multi-media, social media, internet, decision making networks, information processing, software patents, business methods, encryption, pattern recognition, optics, photonics, sensors, etc.

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Andrew Hollos

European Patent Attorney
UK Patent Attorney

Andrew gained a Masters degree in mathematics from Durham University, and then, in a research and development position in the high-tech industry, applied his mathematical skills in areas such as the application of Bayesian networks in relation to unmanned vehicles and the application of neural networks. In due course Andrew decided to pursue a career as a patent attorney, and joined Openshaw & Co., where he trained and obtained his patent attorney qualifications. Due to the applied mathematical areas he specialised in during his Masters degree and initial R&D role, Andrew has been ideally placed to provide highly analytical patent drafting and prosecution with deep understanding and interaction in algorithm/data processing/mathematical technical areas. However, this is not at the expense of being able to draft and prosecute well in less mathematical technical areas as has been proven on many occasions for a wide range of clients.

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Peter Barrett

European Patent Attorney
UK Patent Attorney

Peter has a master’s degree in Physics from Oxford University, which included a final year project in electronics. After qualifying and practising as a European and UK patent attorney at a firm in London, Peter spent eight years working as an in-house patent attorney for a major multinational networking and mobile telecommunications company. There, Peter handled tasks across the full range of the patent lifecycle, including invention mining, patent drafting and prosecution, and litigation support. Peter has prepared many standard essential patents (SEPs) and implementation claim charts, and he is familiar with telecommunication technologies, audio and video coding, autonomous vehicles, and many other electronic and mechanical based technologies.

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Yichuan Xu

European Patent Attorney

Yichuan carries out patent work in the high-tech, electronics and mechanical fields. He has a Masters degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge. Yichuan has experience working with patent applications in a range of technologies, including telecommunications, consumer electronics and domestic appliances. He also has experience working with clients of all sizes, from multinational companies down to private individuals. Yichuan is a fluent Mandarin speaker.

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Vicky Maynard

Formalities Manager

 

Vice Chair of CIPA’s Administrators’ Committee & Lead Course Tutor/Examiner for the CIPA IP Paralegal Qualification.

Vicky heads up the crucial paralegal and formality support services at Openshaw & Co. Her responsibilities include managing the firm’s patents, designs and trademarks portfolio management system, supervising the paralegal support team to ensure that the day-to-day workload and demand is effectively and efficiently processed, as well as managing co-ordination with outside counsel and clients to ensure that all our clients’ IP prosecution needs and official filings are implemented accurately and timely. Vicky works very closely with the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) as a serving member of its Education and Professional Standards Committee, and is the Vice Chair of CIPA’s Administrators’ Committee. (“Patent Administrator” being the traditional UK title for a patent paralegal). Vicky is the Lead Course Tutor for the official paralegal qualification of the UK registered patent profession. Vicky is also a Fellow of the Institute of Paralegals.

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Richard Wilding

European Patent Attorney
UK Patent Attorney

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Richard is another member of our team who for many years has been a patent attorney but was once a European patent attorney at the European Patent Office in Munich. Richard has practiced in the in-house departments of two high-profile chemical/pharmaceutical corporations. Just a few areas practiced in, to show Richard’s range of expertise, include polymers, hair and skin products, silicone technologies, chemical depilatories, food/beverages, oil/gas and alternative energy, composites, ion exchange, ceramics, alloys, NOx and heavy metals, and coatings. With this wide range of experience of chemical patents, and his degree in chemical engineering, Richard is perfectly placed to provide full chemical expertise for Openshaw & Co., to back up our primarily high-tech and engineering focus.

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Jeff Sweetman

European Patent Attorney
UK Patent Attorney

Australian Patent Attorney

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Jeff has degrees in both science (specialism electronics) and law. Jeff first qualified and practiced as an Australian patent attorney in Sydney, before moving to the UK where he further qualified as a UK and a European patent attorney. Jeff has acquired a valuable breadth of insight into patent work having practiced in-house as Senior Patent Counsel as well as in private practice on both sides of the world. In the last decade or so Jeff’s practice has focused on patent drafting, prosecution and litigation support in the areas of electronics, telecoms and automotive engineering. He also had earlier experience in the areas of medical devices and power tools.

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Oliver Pingree

European Patent Attorney
UK Patent Attorney

Of Counsel

Oliver has a Masters degree in electronic engineering from Southampton University. Before becoming a patent attorney, he designed both analogue and digital electronic circuitry. Oliver has experience in drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the electronics, electrical and software fields. Having coaxed his motorcycle round the world on a memorable solo tour, Oliver is also very capable with engine, and other mechanical and vehicle, technologies.

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Laura Litchfield

European Patent Attorney
UK Patent Attorney

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Laura has a degree in electrical and electronic engineering. She has worked successfully in both private practice firms and a major in-house corporate IP department. Laura has experience of drafting and prosecuting patent applications in a large number of technical fields, such as medical devices, semi-conductors, telecoms systems, video processing, location-based services, vehicle and engine management and control systems, domestic appliances, aircraft stowage, oil rig fault handling systems, agricultural equipment, wind sensors, anchor technologies, manufacturing processes, combustion technologies, and nuclear power station technologies.

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Piers Kidd

European Patent Attorney
UK Patent Attorney

Of Counsel

Piers has an electrical and electronic engineering degree from Birmingham University. He started his patent career working in-house with a European electronics company. He then joined a traditional London private practice before moving to a key role in a major licensing company. At Openshaw & Co. Piers concentrates on European patent drafting and prosecution for global corporations. Piers generously supports the future of the European patent system by serving pro-bona on one of the key committees that administer the official process and examinations that trainee patent attorneys undertake to achieve, over many years of training and study, qualified European patent attorney status.

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Philip Waldner

European Patent Attorney
UK Patent Attorney

Of Counsel

Philip has an MA in Physics from Oxford University. He has experience in private practice, and in-house for one of the world’s largest computer and software firms. Philip has extensive experience of patent drafting, prosecution and licensing in the areas of high-end computing, computer networks and software.

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David Sant

Solicitor-Advocate
European Patent Attorney

Of Counsel

David has over twenty-five years’ experience in patents and is a Solicitor-Advocate in England & Wales, as well as a European Patent Attorney. He has a degree in Physics. He was previously at the European Patent Office in Munich where he initially worked as an Examiner on both examination and opposition proceedings. David’s practice currently covers UK and international patent litigation and arbitration, patent prosecution and oppositions, in telecoms and all areas of the physical sciences. In recent years he has acted for clients in a number of high-profile cross-jurisdictional patent litigation cases before the UK High Court and international arbitration processes, as well as EPO proceedings, especially in relation to standard essential patents (SEPs) and FRAND disputes in the mobile field.

During his time at the EPO David led for several years an EU/EPO project of technical cooperation with the states of eastern Europe preparing for accession to the European Patent Convention. David subsequently formed and headed the EPO’s bureau in Brussels, working with the EU institutions on patent legislative proposals, including the directive on computer-implemented inventions and the Community Patent regulation, which led to the Unified Patent Court and the unitary patent. Since his work in Brussels he has written and presented extensively on developments on the UPC and the unitary patent.

David speaks English, French, German and Italian.

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Lauren Hearse

CIPA-qualified Patent Formalities Supervisor

Lauren is a CIPA-qualified IP Paralegal. Lauren has experience dealing with the formalities and all other requirements connected with the filing, examination, validation and maintenance of patents in the United Kingdom and other European countries, including providing direct in-house support for a major corporate client.

Lauren joined Openshaw & Co. after graduating from Lancaster University with a History degree and from the University of Law with a Graduate Diploma in Law.

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Clair Wotton

CIPA-qualified IP Paralegal

Clair is a CIPA-qualified IP Paralegal. Clair has experience dealing with the formalities and all other requirements connected with the filing, examination, validation and maintenance of patents in the United Kingdom and other European countries.

Prior to joining Openshaw & Co. Clair led a corporate in-house IP formalities/support team.

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Kelly Dugan

CIPA-qualified IP Paralegal

Kelly is a CIPA-qualified IP Paralegal. Kelly has experience dealing with the formalities and all other requirements connected with the filing, examination, validation and maintenance of patents in the United Kingdom and other European countries.

Prior to joining Openshaw & Co. Kelly trained and worked as an IP paralegal in a corporate in-house IP department.

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Harry Liu

Trainee Patent Attorney

Harry has a physics degree, and a PhD (specialism soft matter), from the University of Manchester. His PhD project was in the field of liquid crystals, researching the characteristics of a new bent core type of liquid crystal. Much of his research was published. Harry is currently undergoing the extensive training and qualification process to become a qualified patent attorney. Harry is a fluent Mandarin speaker.

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